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GRUMMAN FM2

Wildcat

 

The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat

 

 

  See also : F4F Wildcat (mirror page) Land Variants
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Carrier Variants
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Seaplane Variants
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Because this aircraft, operated by both the USN/USMC and FAA during WW2, was withdrawn from service soon after the end of the war and has not be subjected to foreign purchase, this type is not supposed to be incorporated in a ... jet fighter game.   But since one of the co-author of Atlantic Air Combat is interrested in seaplanes, and considering fighter seaplanes are a rarity, the very fact that one Wildcat (then dubbed F4F-3S) was mounted on floats in 1943 was enough to trigger the possibility.

The F4F Wildcat thus existed in different variants powered by different engines, with the majority of airframes manufactured by Generall Motors in their Eastearn Division plant (F4F-4 being named FM1 and F4F-8 being named FM2).   Herebelow is a review of some of the Wildcat variants and what AAC might make out of it.

Finally both the F4F-3 and F4F-4 had some airframes modified to carry a reconnaissance camera; within AAC both the FM2A and FM2S should be considered as carrying the same















Variant Engine Power Fuel Prop Guns >> >> >> External - load - carrying














Outer
Pylon
  Outer
Wing
  Inner Pylon














F4F3(G36A) WR.1820.60 1200hp

443L

27L

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2 2 - - - - - -

-

-

-

F4F3(G36) PW.1830.86 1200hp

443L

27L

-

- 4 - - 2x110lb - - -

-

or

2x219L

F4F3S PW.1830.86 1200hp

443L

27L

-

- 4 - - - - - -

-

-

-

F4F4(FM1) PW.1830.86 1200hp

443L

27L

-

- 6 - - 2x250lb - - -

2x250lb

or

2x219L

F4F7 PW.1830.86 1200hp

443L

27L

2100L

- - - - - - - -

-

-

-

F4F8(FM2) WR.1820.56 1350hp

477L

-

-

- 4 - - 2x250lb or 6 x 5"HVAR and

2x250lb

or

2x219L















FM2A WR.1820.56 1350hp

477L

102L

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- 4 - - 2x250LB and 6 x 5"HVAR and

2x250lb

or

2x219L

FM2S WR.1820.56 1350hp

477L

102L

2100L

2 - - - - - 6 x 5"HVAR -

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-

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A handful of reconnaissance F4F7 were manufactured without wing folding mechanism and without guns to allow for a wet wing with an incredible 2100 litres of fuel giving the aircraft an incredible 5938km range or over 25 hours endurance ! .   In the context of AAC, the same F4F7 wing is used for the seaplane.  However, in order to give this aircraft some punch, provision is made for 5" HVAR under the wing, and the cowl guns initially provided for on the G36A/F4F3 ordered by France in 1940 are re-installed.

     

Since the Wildcat was not exported to any country after WW2, the type wasn't scheduled to be available.   Then, as the presence of the seaplance version is considered, the carrier version logically comes along.   Besides being a "cheat" aircraft, the FM2 Wildcat could be offered in Spanish and/or Portuguese colors (re: the cheat Spanish carriers and their composite air wings).

      
Armament Armament
Internal
- - Turret
Nose
- Turret
Belly
-   Gun  
(W)
  Gun  
(F)
  Gun  
(W)
- Turret
Dorsal
- Turret
Tail
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FM2A

Colt M2 .50cal

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-

-

-

-

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2x50cal
450rpg

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2x50cal
450rpg

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-

-

-

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FM2S

Colt M2 .50cal engine sync.

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-

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2x50cal
250rpg

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Specs Armament
External
- Wing
Outer
Wing
HVAR
- Wing
Inner
- - - - - Wing
Inner
- Wing
HVAR
Wing
Outer
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Length

8.76m

29'09"

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- -

Span

11.58m

38'00"

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-

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-

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Height

2.81m

9'03"

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-

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-

-

-

-

-

-

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Weight.empty

2516kg

5542lb

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-

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-

-

-

- - -

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Weight.empty

2516kg

5542lb

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-

-

-

-

-

- - -

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Load.max

=

-

250lb

423lb

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250lb

-

-

- -

-

250lb

-

423lb

250lb

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Weight.max

3374kg

7431lb

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-

-

-

-

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-

-

-

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-

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Weight.max

4693kg

10336lb

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Engine

WR.1820.56

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Speed.max

512kmh

276kn

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Speed.cruise

249kmh

134kn

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ceiling

12000m

39400ft

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Range.

1252km

676nm

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Range.max

2167km

1170nm

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Range.

5938km

3206nm

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Fuel.Main

579L

127gal

- -

-

-

219L

-

-

-

-

-

219L

-

-

-

-

Fuel.Main

2649L

583gal

- -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Arr.Hook

FM2A

- -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

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