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CowboyTodd41
06-26-2004, 04:03 PM
One of my dad's friends owns the only flying example of an F4F-3 Wildcat, all of the others are FM2s. It was featured in Air Classics' May 2003 issue, for those who have it. It's painted up like Butch Ohare's Wildcat, and is one of the planes that got pulled from Lake Michigan. He flew it out to our Vintage Aircraft Assosciation's fly-in (my family owns a Luscombe 8A, btw) and I got to sit in it. I took pictures of the gun sight and the panel, but they aren't digital, so I'll have to scan them once they get devoloped. Anyway, just thought it might make good conversation here on the boards.

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CowboyTodd41
06-26-2004, 04:03 PM
One of my dad's friends owns the only flying example of an F4F-3 Wildcat, all of the others are FM2s. It was featured in Air Classics' May 2003 issue, for those who have it. It's painted up like Butch Ohare's Wildcat, and is one of the planes that got pulled from Lake Michigan. He flew it out to our Vintage Aircraft Assosciation's fly-in (my family owns a Luscombe 8A, btw) and I got to sit in it. I took pictures of the gun sight and the panel, but they aren't digital, so I'll have to scan them once they get devoloped. Anyway, just thought it might make good conversation here on the boards.

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Yellonet
06-26-2004, 04:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CowboyTodd41:
One of my dad's friends, Steve Craig, owns the only flying example of an F4F Wildcat, all of the others are FM2s. It's painted up like Butch Ohare's Wildcat, and is one of the planes that got pulled from Lake Michigan. He flew it out to our Vintage Aircraft Assosciation's fly-in (my family owns a Luscombe 8A, btw) and I got to sit in it. I took pictures of the gun sight and the panel, but they aren't digital, so I'll have to scan them once they get devoloped. Anyway, just thought it might make good conversation here on the boards.

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No digital sigths and instuments huh? What a piece of c**p! Nah, just kidding, wish I could sit in one of those http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif


- Yellonet

necrobaron
06-26-2004, 04:58 PM
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous. I look forward to seeing the pics. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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-HH-Dubbo
06-26-2004, 05:00 PM
That is so cool!! Thanks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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ddsflyer
06-28-2004, 06:30 PM
I have about 40 hours in an N.A. T28C. I imagine it falls somewhere between a Wildcat and a Hellcat in performance. Great fun to fly until you pay the fuel bill.

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pacettid
06-29-2004, 05:17 AM
Used to fly those myself...great plane huh?

All the best, Don

ddsflyer
06-29-2004, 04:03 PM
Absolutely a blast to fly. Light controls, responsive, great visibility, plenty of power, easy to take off and land. Just hell on fuel, oil, maintenance, and insurance.

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Intel D875PBZ
ATI Radeon X800XT PT
1.0GB Kingston HyperX PC3200
W.D. Dual 80GB SATA RAID
Plextor PX-708A
Lite-On 52x
Creative Audigy2 ZS
NEC FP2141SB

Fliger747
06-29-2004, 05:43 PM
Glad to hear that there is now a Grumman F4F in the States, that wasn't the case for a while! As with that one, the F4U at Boeing's museum in Seattle was fished out of Lake Washington, near the site of the old Sand Pt NAS.

Easy to fly except landside, the narrow track, somewhat spongy gear (dampened to absorb deck landings) could be difficult (to keep from groundlooping), especially in a cross wind. And then one had to crank the gear up with a handle, about a hundred turns as I recall.

Great little airplane, if I had one to fly (not THAT rich) that or a zero would be it!