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The Grumman F4F Wildcat first flew in September 1937, it had been designed to meet the USN's need for a new carrier based fighter aircraft but also served with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm as the Martlet. In mid 1942 in order to free-up their production lines for their new F6F Hellcat, Grumman contracted GMC to build the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat for them, General Motors went on to build an improved design prototyped by Grumman fitted with the more powerful 1,350 hp Wright R-1820 engine and a new larger tail fin to counteract the increased torque.

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat VI Fighter Plane

 

The new version was designated the "FM-2 Wildcat", these aircraft served with both the USN and the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (as the Wildcat Mk VI) where it acquired the nickname of the Peanut Special.

 

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat Specifications:

  • Wing Span: 38 feet
  • Length: 28 feet 11 inches
  • Gross weight: 8271 pounds
  • Engine: Single 1,350 hp Wright R-1820-56 Cyclone single-row radial engine
  • Maximum Speed: 332 mph

Grumman FM-2 Armament:

  • Four .50 calibre Browning machine guns
  • Twin under-wing mounted 250-pound bombs or six 5-inch unguided rocket projectiles
 
 

Grumman Wildcat VI


 
Grumman Wildcat VI
 

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