Wild Cat | FM-2P Wildcat


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Grumman designed the F4F Wildcat and it became the primary fighter for the Navy in the early days of WWII playing an instrumental role in the Battles for Wake Island, the Coral Sea, and Midway. Starting in 1943, though Grumman held the production rights, they had others build them.

General Motors Eastern Division produced the FM-1 Wildcat, identical to the Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, and the FM-2, which is based on a Grumman prototype designated XF4F-8. General Motors specifically made FM-2s for small carrier operations. They featured four wing guns, a slightly taller tail fin than the previous models to handle the torque, and a more powerful engine - a Wright R-1820-56 engine (1,350 hp).

This aircraft is an FM-2P because it has been fitted for photoreconnaissance missions. Its flaps are vacuum operated, its under carriage is hand cranked, and the only hydraulic system in the aircraft is the brakes.

Crew: 1 pilot
Length: 28 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 38 ft
Height: 11 ft 10 in
Wing Area: 260 sq ft
Empty Weight: 5,895 lbs
Loaded Weight: 7,000 lbs
Powerplant: Wright R-1820-56, 1,350 hp (1,010 kW)
Power/Mass: .19 hp/lbs
Max Speed: 331 mph
Range: 845 miles
Service Ceiling: 39,500 ft
Rate of Climb: 2,303 ft/min
Armament: 4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns, 400 rpg and 2 × 0.50 in Browning M2 machine guns, 375 rpg
Rockets: 4 × 0.50 in AN/M2 Browning machine guns with 450 rounds per gun
Bombs: 2 × 100 lb bombs and/or 2 × 58 gal drop tanks