F4F Wildcat Special Edition CD

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  • CD contains 5 magazines
  • All in Acrobat PDF format
  • Print a personal copy
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February 1972

  • Mount of the Striking Eagles, the F4B-4
  • Flying the Yellow Peril
  • The Iron Works Gang, Grumman’s F4F Wildcat
  • The Ghost of the Coronado, The Ultimate Patrol Bomber
  • The Von Richthofen Legend
  • Dean of the Red Bombers, Four Decades with A.N. Tupolev

August 1986

  • Epic Air Battle for Guadalcanal in WWII, August 1942 to March 1943

May 1994

  • Wildcat Escorts at Midway, Flying the Thach Weave
  • France’s Latecomer Torpedo Bombers
  • What Happened to the B-24 Ploesti Raiders?

October 1998

  • Grumman Wildcat vs. Japanese Zero
  • Boeing Stratoliner, Part II

March 1999

  • Denizens of the Pacific War: The Carrier Fighters

Bonus Features

  • FM-2 Wildcat Pilot’s Handbook British 1945
  • Over 170 photos of the F4F/FM-2

Vital Statistics

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 28 ft 9 in (8.76 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft (11.58 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 10 in (3.60 m)
  • Empty weight: 4,907 (2,226 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 7,423 lb (3,367 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-76 double-row radial engine, 1,200 hp (900 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 331 mph (531 km/h)
  • Range: 845 mi (1,360 km)
  • Service ceiling: 39,500 ft (12,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,303 ft/min (11.7 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns: 4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning machine guns with 450 rounds per gun
  • Bombs: 2 × 100 lb (45 kg) bombs and/or 2 × 58 gal (220 L) drop tanks

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 28 ft 9 in (8.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in (11.6 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 2.5 in (2.8 m)
  • Wing area: 260 ft² (24.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 5,895 lb (2,674 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 7,975 lb (3,617 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 8,762 lb (3,974 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 double-row radial engine, 1,200 hp (900 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 320 mph (290 kn, 515 km/h)
  • Range: 830 mi (721 nmi, 1,337 km)
  • Service ceiling: 34,000 ft (10,363 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,200 ft/min @ normal power (11.17 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 30.7 lb/ft² (149.77 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 249 w/kg (0.15 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns: 6 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning machine guns,

Solomon Islands

On display

F4F-4
  • 12068 – displayed unrestored at the Vilu War Museum in Honiara.

United Kingdom

Airworthy

FM-2
  • 86711 – The Fighter Collection in Imperial War Museum Duxford.

On display

Martlet I (F4F-4)
  • AL246 – Fleet Air Arm Museum in RNAS Yeovilton.

Under restoration

FM-1
  • JV482 – for display at the Ulster Aviation Society (Long Kesh Hangar), Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
FM-2
  • 86690 – to airworthiness in The Shuttleworth Collection at the Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome in Bedfordshire.

United States

Airworthy

F4F-3
  • 12260 – Lewis Air Legends in San Antonio, Texas.
FM-2
  • 16203 – Michael Gillian in Downers Grove, Illinois.
  • 47030 – Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • 47160 – FM-2 LCC in Lewes, Delaware.
  • 55627 – Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California.
  • 74560 – Comanche Warbirds Inc. in Houston, Texas.
  • 86564 – Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California.
  • 86572 – Thomas Camp in Sausalito, California.
    F4F FM-2
  • Tail number N18P, from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, at the Alliance Air Show in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  • 86680 – Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts. Unique in having a passenger cabin. It is shown to be able to carry 4 passengers.
  • 86741 – Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.
  • 86746 – Frasca Air Museum in Champaign, Illinois.
  • 86754 – Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon.
  • 86774 – Skyway Aero Inc. in Reno, Nevada.
  • 86777 – Texas Flying Legends Museum in Houston, Texas.
  • 86819 – Commemorative Air Force (Colonel Carter Teeters) in San Diego, California.
  • 86956 – Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas.

On display

F4F-3
  • 3872 – National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 4039 – displayed unrestored in a simulated underwater diorama at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 12296 – Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island, Hawaii.
  • 12297 – Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 12320 – Chicago O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois as a memorial to Navy Crossand Medal of Honor recipient and airport namesake, LCDR Edward O’Hare. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
F4F-3A
  • 3956 – Patriots Point Naval Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
  • 3969 – National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
F4F-4
  • 11828 – San Diego Aerospace Museum in San Diego, California. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 12114 – National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.
FM-1
  • 14994 – Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 15392 – National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C..
FM-2
  • 16089 – National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 16161 – displayed partially restored at the Pima Air & Space Museum adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. It crashed in Lake Michigan on April 12, 1945, and is on loan from the Military Aircraft Restoration Corp in Anaheim, California
  • 16278 – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California.
  • 74120 – New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
  • 74161 – National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredricksburg, Texas. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  • 74512 – Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
  • 86581 – Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 86747 – National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

Under restoration

F4F-3
  • 12290 – for static display at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California.
FM-2
  • 55052 – for static display at the USS Hornet (CV-12) at the former Naval Air Station Alameda in Alameda, California.
  • 57039 – for static display at the Glenview Hangar One Museum at the former Naval Air Station Glenview, Glenview, Cook County, Illinois. Restoration is being done by Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While conducting training on 28 December 1944, the FM2 Wildcat malfunctioned and rolled off the deck of the training aircraft carrier USS Sable. The pilot, ENS William Forbes, escaped from the aircraft before it sank into Lake Michigan. In early December 2012, the aircraft was moved 45 miles under the water to a safe harbor in Waukegan, IL. The Wildcat fighter was lifted from the water on Friday 7 December 2012.
  • 86773 – to airworthiness by the Bruce Roberts in New London, Pennsylvania.

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