F4F Wildcat (multiple)

I photographed these examples of the Grumman F4F and FM-1/2 Wildcat at the Museum of Flight’s Personal Courage Wing; at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor; on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point; at the Smithsonian NASM; Palm Springs, the Pima Air Museum; and even an FM-2 listed as airworthy the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. I took the pics at Charleston, SC, during the 447th BG reunion in October 2013. The National Air & Space Museum visit was in 2015 during the 447th BG reunion in Washington DC.

Note that there are three separate Wildcat examples in photos I have taken at the Museum of Flight. The first was 12296 I shot during the Personal Courage Wing opening in 2004 and I also shot that same airframe 10 years later at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor during a Hawaii trip in 2014. A second Wildcat (86690) was photographed at the Museum of Flight in 2010 and the third (74512) in 2016.


F4F-3 12320 Wildcat

O’Hare Chicago 2018




General Motors FM-2 86690

Museum of Flight 2010


General Motors FM-2 74512

Museum of Flight 2016






Grumman F4F-3 12296

Museum of Flight 2004





Same plane moved from the Personal Corage Wing at the MoF (above in 2004) to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, where I photographed it in 2014

Pacific Aviation Museum 2014


Grumman FM-1 15392 Wildcat

National Air & Space Museum 2015


1945 FM-2 Wildcat 5833

CAF Mesa 2017


General Motors FM-2 55627

Palm Springs Air Museum 2018


General Motors FM-2 86564

Yanks Air Museum, Chino 2018


General Motors FM-2 16161 Wildcat

Pima Air Museum 2017


Grumman F4F-3A 3956 Wildcat

Patriots Point 2013


FM-2 86754

Erickson Collection, Madras 2017


Grumman FM-2 86711 Wildcat

IWM Duxford 2008


Propellor from a Wildcat

Evergreen Museum 2018