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fighter/bomber
one
P&W R-1830
1,200 hp
4,900 lbs.
7,000 lbs.
4 - .50 cal.
2 - 100 lbs. ea.
28 ft. 9 in.
38 ft.
265 mph
330 mph
1,950 fpm
39,500 feet
770 miles
9/2/37
1940




Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F

The Wildcat F4F, produced by Grumman, started life as a biplane. It was turned into a monoplane with new wings, tail and a more powerful engine.

The United States, France, and Great Britain eventually all used the fighter. When France fell to Germany in June of 1940, Wildcat aircraft were transferred to Great Britain. The Wildcat F4F became the primary fighter aircraft of both the United States Navy and the British Navy by the end of 1940.

The British put the Wildcat F4F to use quickly when they saw action against German and Italian aircraft over North Africa. Other British Wildcats were employed to give air cover to convoys supplying the nation.

When the United States entered World War II on December 7, 1941, the Wildcat F4F was the primary U. S. Navy carrier based fighter aircraft. It was also used by a number of land based U. S. Marine Corps units.

The Wildcat F4F was relatively under powered and could not match enemy fighters in climb or maneuverability. However its self sealing fuel tanks and heavy armor plating made it a difficult aircraft to bring down. When flown by well trained pilots employing the strengths of the aircraft, they could be a potent adversary.

Although Wildcat F4F aircraft started being replaced on large carriers by the F6F in 1943, their production continued. The smaller and slower landing Wildcat was employed on escort carriers, where larger aircraft couldn't be used.

Wildcat F4F aircraft participated in the battles of Midway, Guadalcanal, the Solomons, and with the British in North African operations. Their war record was 1,327 enemy aircraft destroyed with a loss of 191, for a victory ratio of almost 7 to 1.

A total of about 7,800 Wildcat F4F aircraft were produced by Grumman and General Motors through the end of World War Two.


Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F - ParkZone

The Wildcat F4F from ParkZone has a 38" wingspan with a 29" length. It comes ready to fly including motor, controller, servos, and receiver. You supply the flight battery and radio.  All up weight is around 26 oz.


Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F - Hobby Express

The Wildcat F4F from Hobby Express has a 33" wingspan and is 25" long. With your motor and electronics it should weight about 1 lb. ready to fly.


Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F - Patrick

Pictured above and immediately below is the great looking Wildcat F4F built by Jim Patrick. Wingspan is 92" and weight 32 lbs. Power comes from a Sachs 4.2 engine.


Wildcat F4F
Jim Patrick's Wildcat F4F


Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F - Imes

The Wildcat F4F built by Doug Imes has a wingspan of 92". Doug powers it with a G 62 engine.


Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F - Alfa Model

The Wildcat F4F from Alfa Models wingspan is 33" and length is 24.5". It is of all foam construction. A brushless Speed 400 size motor can power it.


Wildcat F4F
Wildcat F4F - Fischer

We found the great looking Wildcat F4F designed by Gunter Fischer posted to RC Groups by Tiger Models. Its wingspan is 114" with power by a Moki 250 engine.

Oarkjets has plans for the Wildcat F4F by J. Rothwell. It is made from Depron with a 37" wingspan and 25" length. A 1,500 kV motor should supply adequate power. Weight is around 17 oz.

There are plans available for the Wildcat F4F by Bob Karisson. Its wingspan is 76" with recommended power from .60 to .90 two cycle engines.

You can find plans at the Air Age Store for a Wildcat F4F with a 57" wingspan. Its length is 42". A .60 two cycle engine can power it.

Kit Cutters has the Wildcat F4F in kits and plans. Their kit, from Uncle Willies Plans, has a wingspan of 48" and a length of 41". Their recommended power comes from a .60 engine. Upon completion it should weigh about 4 1/2 lbs.

Kit Cutters also has kits and plans of the Wildcat F4F from Jerry Bates Plans. It has a wingspan of 91". You can power it with engines from 3.7 to 4.5 c.i.d. All up weight will be around 35 lbs.

Cleveland Model & Supply Co. has a number of plans of the Wildcat F4F. They have wingspans of 28", 37 1/2", 56", 75" and a giant scale 112".

Model Airplane News has plans of a Wildcat F4F by Tim Stagg. It has a 42" wingspan and is 37" long with a weight of around 17 oz. Power is from Speed 400 type motors.

Mike Llewellyn of RCGroups posted pictures and information about a Wildcat F4F.

At RCGroups fnlrun talks about powering the Wildcat F4F.

ChuckTseeker of RCGroups started a thread about the Wildcat F4F.

At RCGroups ilovejets1 mentions the Wildcat F4F in a posting.

At RC Groups kuczy is going to purchase a Wildcat F4F.

At YouTube ukuizak posted a video of the first flight of his Wildcat F4F.

Jetjockyb of RCUniverse posted links to Wildcat F4F videos.

At RCUniverse u2fast posted pictures of a Wildcat F4F.

AETCBoom4 of RCUniverse started a thread about a Wildcat F4F.

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