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Grumman F4f Wildcat

Author : Oleksandr Boiko
ISBN : 8365437635
Genre : Grumman airplanes
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The Grumman's fighters represent the strength of the US Navy Air Force during World War 2. The first of the family to prove itself in combat was F4F Wildcat which took part in defense of Wake Atoll as well as Battle of Midway. Its successor - remarkably good F6F Hellcat - became a legend for being the best carrier-based fighter in the mentioned conflict. The line was continued by F8F Bearcat which entered the service at the end of war but did not manage to take part in combat. The Grumman Company continued the tradition of designing excellent carrier-based aircrafts after the war, in the jet era. Surely, the two most recognizable jets from Grumman's stable were supersonic F-14 Tomcat (with variable-sweep wing) and A-6 Intruder. In the second half of the thirties, Grumman developed a line of carrier-based biplanes. A very good SF-1 started the series. It was the first American fighter with retractable undercarriage. SF-1 became the base for the F2F fighter. After lengthening of the fuselage and increasing the wings bearing surface it quickly became the F3F version. Every next model was better than previous. The F4F was planned next, also as the biplane, but during the construction the conception was changed and engineers decided to apply the mid-wing airframe. It started the long line of superb Grumman's fighters. The new aircraft was tested in air on the 2nd of September 1937. The first serial planes, marked as F4F-2, were manufactured from August 1939. The plane had innovative wing folding system which put both wings along the fuselage to minimize the space needed to store it in carriers' hangar. This unique mechanical solution became one of the hallmarks of Grumman's planes. Interestingly, the undercarriage was retracted manually by the pilot with the help of a special crank installed in the cockpit. The name "Wildcat" was used for the first time in 1941.
Category: Grumman airplanes

Grumman G M F4f Wildcat Fighter Pilot S Flight Operating Manual

Author : United States Navy
ISBN : 1935327577
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary Marine Corps and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft during the opening year of WWII. Although outperformed by the Japanese Zero, the Wildcat more than held its own. It first saw combat at Wake Island in December of 1941, and served as the Pacific Fleet¿s primary air defense during the crucial battles at Coral Sea and Midway. Almost 8,000 Wildcats were built during the war, many of them by General Motors. The GM version, designated FM-2, was based on Grumman¿s XF4F-8 prototype. These entered service after the Corsair and Hellcat were deployed. As a result,most FM-2s flew from escort carriers. Originally printed by Grumman and the U.S. Navy, this Flight Operating Handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified ¿Restricted¿, the manual was declassified and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.
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Grumman F4f Wildcat

Author : David Doyle
ISBN : 0764354337
Genre : History
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The F4F and FM Wildcat aircraft was the US Navy's front-line fighter in the early days of WWII. This iconic aircraft was designed and produced by Grumman, as well as the newly-formed Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors. As larger and more powerful fighters joined the fleet in the later stages of the war, the Wildcat remained in the fray, flying from the decks of escort carriers, which were too small to permit the operation of the later aircraft. The Wildcat was remarkable not only because it served through the duration of the war, but also because it was the mount of some of the nation's most distinguished aces, including Butch O'Hare and Joe Foss.
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Grumman F4f Fm 2 Wildcat Pilot S Flight Operating Instructions

Author : United States Navy
ISBN : 1935327984
Genre : Transportation
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary Marine Corps and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft during the opening year of WWII. Although the Japanese Zero outperformed it, Wildcat pilots more than held their own during the crucial battles at Coral Sea and Midway. Almost 8,000 Wildcats were built during the war, many of them by General Motors. The G.M. versions, designated FM-1 and later the improved FM-2, entered service after the faster Corsairs and Hellcats were deployed. As a result most FMs flew from escort carriers, most notably during the Battle off Samar where Wildcats helped turn back the Japanese fleet. Originally printed by Grumman and the U.S. Navy, this FM-2 flight operating handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Once classified "Restricted," the manual was declassified long ago and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.
Category: Transportation

Grumman F4f Wildcat F6f Hellcat

Author : Mantelli - Brown - Kittel - Graf
ISBN : 2372971840
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat was a single-engine fighter embarked wing media developed by the US Air Force Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in the late thirties. Produced between the end of the decade to the early forties was the main hunting, usually embarked on aircraft carriers, the United States Navy in 1941 and 1942, ie in the first year of participation in the Second World War and successor, and descendant of the F3F, last the biplane fighter of the US Navy and Air Force of the entire United States of America. The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the standard fighter of the US Navy to operate from the deck of aircraft carrier in the first two years of war and as such he was called to take the weight to counter the Japanese air offensive, mainly conducted by the formidable Mitsubishi A6M Zero (Zero fighter) . The Grumman F6F Hellcat was developed quickly as a standard fighter of the US Navy in World War II, entering service in 1943 and remained the most important aircraft of the US Navy until the end of the conflict. It was the direct descendant of the F4F Wildcat that, according to forecasts, had to be a useful replacement for the Navy aircraft carrier in order to better counteract the way to the Japanese fighters. According to statistics gathered by the Defense, 75% of enemy planes shot down by American aircraft operating from aircraft carriers in all theaters of war is to be credited all'Hellcat. In addition to the 4,947 Japanese aircraft shot down by the Germans and F6F operating from aircraft carriers, the Hellcat which started from bases on land destroyed 209 enemy aircraft, bringing the total number of victories in each military sector worldwide in 5,156.
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World War Ii Album Volume 13

Author : Ray Merriam
ISBN : 1312960787
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Merriam Press World War II Album WA13 (Third Edition, 2015). Pictorial history of the Grumman F4F Wildcat, its prototypes and variants, and the air forces that used this famous naval fighter, profusely illustrated with photos and drawings. The Grumman F4F Wildcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy (as the Martlet) in 1940. First used in combat by the British in Europe, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942. 379 photos, 1 drawing, 2 three-view drawings, 1 five-view drawing.
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Grumman F4f Wilcat Grumman F6f Hellcat F4u Corsair

Author : Mantelli - Brown - Kittel - Graf
ISBN : 9782372973236
Genre : History
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat was a single-engine fighter embarked to media wing developed by the US Air Force Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in the late thirties; produced between the end of the decade to the early forties was the main fighter, usually embarked on aircraft carriers, the United States Navy during 1941 and 1942, ie in the first year of participation in the Second World War and successor, as well as downward, the F3F, last of the US fighter biplanes Navy and Air Force of the entire United States of America. The Grumman F6F Hellcat was quickly developed as a standard fighter of the US Navy in World War II, he went into service in 1943 and remains the most important aircraft of the US Navy until the end of the conflict. Was the direct descendant of the F4F Wildcat of which, according to forecasts, it had to be a valid replacement for the Navy aircraft carrier in order to better combat the way to the Japanese fighters. According to statistics gathered by the Defense, 75% of enemy planes shot down by American aircraft operating from aircraft carriers in all theaters of war is to be credited all'Hellcat. In addition to the 4,947 Japanese and German equipment culled from F6F operating from aircraft carriers, the Hellcat which started from bases on land destroyed 209 enemy aircraft, bringing the total number of victories in all the world the military sector in 5156. The Vought F4U Corsair was undoubtedly the best fighter of World War II based on aircraft carriers. It was extremely powerful and as fighter-bomber was so effective against the Japanese that they nicknamed him the "whooshing" death. As plane of tactical support, he was afraid even to "hear" his wing radiators produced a hiss worthy of a Stuka, and the Japanese soon became very respectful of their presence.
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Modelling The F4f Wildcat

Author : Mark Glidden
ISBN : 9781782001928
Genre : History
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The F4F Wildcat was an aircraft of the type of which legends are made. Without the handling performance that made the Japanese Zero so famous, it was well regarded for its ruggedness and firepower and, in the hands of a skilled pilot who understood both its strengths and weaknesses, it was capable of holding its own against the best that its opponents had to offer. This book details projects that encompass four variants of the F4 Wildcat. As they were supplied to a number of air forces during the war, including the RAF, there is a wide range of markings available to modellers which are also dealt with in detail. Covering a range of modelling abilities from a beginner's first build to an expert scratch-building extras, this book is illustrated with full-colour step-by-step photographs.
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