Grumman F4F Wildcat statistics

Stat

F4F-3

F4F-4

FM-2

Wingspan

38 feet

38 feet

38 feet

Length

28 feet 9 inches

28 feet 9 inches

28 feet 11 inches

Empty Weight

5236 lbs

5776 lbs

5542 lbs

Max Weight

7065 lbs

7489 lbs

7431 lbs

Engine

Pratt & Whitney R-1830-76 or -86

Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86

Wright R-1820-56 or -56W

Power

1200 hp

1200 hp

1350 hp

Guns

Four .50 calibre machine guns, two per wing

Six .50 calibre machine guns, three per wing

Four .50 calibre machine guns, two per wing

Max Speed

331 mph at 22,000 feet

318 mph at 19,400 feet

320 mph at 28,000 feet

Ceiling

37,000 feet

33,700 feet

35,600 feet

Range

860 miles

1275 miles

1350 miles

Production Figures

Type Year Numbers Notes
F4F-3 1940-1941 183  
F4F-3A 1940-1 30 Built for Greek airforce, diverted to Royal Navy after fall of Greece
" 1941 61 The rest of an original U.S. Navy order of 91
F4F-4 1941-3 1169 436 in first order, continue in production until General Motors take over in 1943
FM-1 1943 839 Produced by General Motors
" 1943 311 As Wildcat V for Royal Navy
FM-2 1943 310  
" 1944 2890  
" 1944 240 As Wildcat VI for Royal Navy
" 1945 1237  
" 1945 100 As Wildcat VI for Royal Navy
FM-2 Totals 4437  
  Plus 340 As Wildcat VI for Royal Navy

In all 7,885 Wildcats were produced by Grumman and General Motors. Over 60% were General Motors produced FM-2s. 1,100 were supplied to the Royal Navy.

Wildcat Aces of World War 2, Barrett Tillman. Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 3. A well balanced look at the combat service of the Grumman F4F Wildcat, the most important Allied naval fighter for most of the Second World War, looking at its service with the US Navy from Pearl Harbor to the end of the war, and its role with the Fleet Air Arm. [see more]
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