The Grumman F4F
Wildcat was the frontline fighter of the US Navy at the
beginning of WWII. What is interesting is that the first 95
aircraft were built and exported, five went to Canada and 90
went to the British. The F4F Wildcat was the first
American-made aircraft to shoot down a German aircraft. On
December 25, 1940, 2 "Martletts" from the Royal Navy's 804
squadron shot down a Junkers Ju-88 near Scapa Flow. In US Navy
service, the Wildcat performed well. Joe Foss is the leading
Wildcat ace with 26 victories. Despite being inferior in
multiple aspects to the Mitsubishi Zero, the US Navy pilots
were able to hold there own. Development of the "Thach Weave"
and other strategies paid off for this rugged fighter. General
Motors also built the Grumman F4F Wildcat while Grumman
concentrated on building the new F6F Hellcat.
The is one of the
General Motors built Wildcats (N5833). As a GM built aircraft,
it's designation was FM-2. It is painted in Royal Navy
markings. The Royal Navy called the F4F/FM-2 the Martlett.
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