Specifications for the
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Focus Model: Grumman FM-2 Wildcat
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Corporation / General Motors Eastern Aircraft Division - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1940
Length: 28.87 ft (8.8 m)
Width: 37.99 ft (11.58 m)
Height: 11.48ft (3.50 m)
Weight (Empty): 4,907 lb (2,226 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 7,423 lb (3,367 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Wright Cyclone R-1820-56 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine devlivering 1,350 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 332 mph (534kmh; 288 kts)
Maximum Range: 900 miles (1,448km)
Service Ceiling: 34,698 ft (10,576 m; 6.6 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,000 feet per minute (610 m/min)
4 x 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns in wings OR 4 x 7.5mm Darne machine guns in wings
6 x 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns in wings
2 x 100lb bombs OR 2 x 58 gallon droptanks under wings.
2 x 250lb bombs OR 2 x 58 gallon droptanks under wings.
G-16 - Grumman Designation for original biplane design.
XF4F-1 - Design designation of G-16.
F4F-1 - Production Designation for proposed biplane design.
G-18 - Grumman Designation for revised monoplane design.
XF4F-2 - Monoplane Prototype for US Navy evaluation; 1,050hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-66 Twin Wasp radial engine.
F4F-2 - Production Designation for reworked biplane design into monoplane form.
G-36A - Grumman Designation for revised design with new tail, larger wing surface, revised cowling, fixed wings, and XR-1830-76 powerplant.
XF4F-3 - Grumman G-36A Prototype Redesignation.
F4F-3 - Official Production Model Designation based on the G-36A revised monoplane prototype; for French and US Navy use; French orders diverted to British; 4 x 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns.
F4F-3A - Fitted with Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90 powerplant of 1,200 horsepower; single-stage two-speed supercharger; folding wings.
F4F-3S "Wildcatfish" - Floatplane Variant; floats by Edo Aircraft Corporation; additional ventral fin; one Wildcat converted in this fashion.
G-36B - Grumman Prototype Designation for Martlet II; Twin Wasp engine in modified cowling.
F4F-4 - Definitive Wildcat model featuring folding wings, improved armor protection, self-sealing fuel tanks and 6 x .50 caliber machine guns.
F4F-4B - Modified F4F-4 model with Wright Cyclone engine and revised cowling for export.
F4F-7 - Long-Range Unarmed Photographic Reconnaissance Model; sans armor and guns; non-folding wings; additional fuel stored in wings; 21 examples produced.
XF4F-8 - Prototype fitted with Wright R-1820-56 Cyclone engine of 1,350 horsepower; revised tail unit; provision for 6 x 5" high-explosive unguided rockets.
Martlet Mk I - British Designation of F4F-3 Model based on the G-36A prototype; 4 x 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns.
Martlet II - British designation of G-36B; single-stage, two-speed supercharger; Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S3C4-G engine; armor and self-sealing fuel tanks; first 10 delivered with fixed wings, later batch with folding wings.
Martlet III - British designation; originally intended for use by Greece; first ten Martlett II's delivered without folding wings; land-based operations.
Martlett III(B) - British Designation of F4F-3A models; Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90 radial piston engine of 1,200 horsepower.
Martlert III(A) - British designation for thirty more Martlet III's with folding wings.
Martlet IV - British designation of F4F-4B Wildcat; Wright-Cyclone engine in revised cowling; 220 examples produced.
Martlet Mk V - based on GM-produced FM-1; 311 examples produced.
Martlet Mk VI - based on GM-produced FM-2; 370 examples produced.
FM-1 - Produced by General Motors Eastern Aircraft Division; equivalent to the F4F-4 model featuring a R-1830-86 powerplant, 4 x .50 caliber machine guns and bomb provisions (Martlet designation dropped in early January of 1944).
FM-2 - Produced by General Motors Eastern Aircraft Division; based on XF4F-8 prototype; small-carrier optimized; taller vertical tail fin.
Canada; United Kingdom; United States