Saturday, May 12, 2012

Grumman F4F Wildcat

Note that these pictures do not belong to me; all commercial use must be done with the permission of the following museums: Grumman Memorial Park Calverton ( Long Island, New York, USA) and The Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, Long Island, USA).

Development

Close-up of the mockup
Another closeup of the mockup
F4F mockup
XF4F-1
XF4F-1 instrument panel
XF4F-1 cockpit
XF4F-1
XF-1F upside down

First flight


Production
F4F and G-21 on the assembly lines
Being crated
Last F4F-3 produced




In service

F4F of the VF-6

F4F-3 with floats
Gun testing. Note the roundels applied during Operation Torch
F4F inside USS Charger
Awaiting delivery
F4F on USS Enterprise. Note the size of the "meatball" roundel
USS Enterprise 1942
USS Ranger
F4F-3 Instrument panel