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Grumman F4F / FM Wildcat fighter

 

 

F4F-4 Wildcat

 

Modification Purpose Deliveries Number of commissioned Discarding Differences from the previous modification
F4F-3 fighter 12/1940 - 1942 285 11/1945 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-76 engine (1200 h. p.), 4 12.7-mm MG, later planes - R-1830-86 engine (1200 h. p.)
F4F-3A 1942 95 R-1830-90 engine (1200 h. p.), fixed wings
F4F-3P fighter / recon 1941 - 1942 some converted from F4F-3 additional photo camera, folding wings
F4F-4 fighter 1942 - 5/1943 1169 differences from F4F-3: R-1830-86 engine (1200 h. p.), 6 12.7-mm MG
F4F-4P fighter / recon 1942 - 1943 some converted from F4F-4 additional photo camera
F4F-7 recon 1942 21 unarmed, fuel stowage increased in 4.5 times, flight range 5900 km
FM-1 fighter 8/1942 - late 1943 1221 differences from F4F-4: 4 12.7-mm MG
FM-2 fighter-bomber late 1943 - 5/1945 4777 Wright R-1820-56W engine (1350 h. p.), 4 12.7-mm MG, 6 127-mm rockets or 2 113-kg bombs

 

Modification F4F-4

Wing span, m

11.58

Length, m

8.83

Height, m

3.58

Wings area, m2

24.15

Empty mass, kg

2673

Full flying-off mass, kg

3616
Engine 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86
Power, h. p. 1200
Maximal speed, km/h 512
Cruise speed, km/h 249
Flying range, km 1239
Vertical speed, m/s  
Maximal altitude, m 10067
Complement 1
Armament 6 12.7 MG

FM-2 Wildcat

F4F-4 Wildcat

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008