F4F-3 Wildcat
F4F-3 Wildcat
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank II (2)
Battle Rating 2.3
Type Naval Fighter/Bomber
Maximum Speed on height 518 km/h / 535 km/h fully upgraded
Maximum Altitude 12,000 m
Turn Time 18.9 seconds / 17.8 s fully upgraded
Rate of Climb 15.1 m/s / 19.3 m/s fully upgraded
Takeoff Run 210 m
Armament 4x 12.7 mm Browning machine gun (1400 rds)
Burst Mass 2.15 kg/s

The Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat, is an American naval fighter in the U.S. Navy. The F4F-3 currently sits at Rank 2 in the American line with an upfront cost of 45,000 Lion.

Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit

The first model, the XF4F-1, was a biplane, but to meet the demands of U.S. Navy’s carrier-based monoplane competition, the Grumman Company changed the design, creating the XF4F-2 prototype. Due to a number of defects in the XF4F-2, a competing firm won instead with the Brewster F2A Buffalo. However, the F4F had potential and was sent back for revision. The next model was superior to the Buffalo, and the other new versions of the Buffalo did not satisfy the requirements of the fleet, so in August of 1939, Grumman received an order for the first series of F4F-3 Wildcats.

The F4F-3 was a single-engine all-metal plane with midwing construction, armed with four 12.7 mm M-2 Browning machine guns. Because of its lack of maneuverability, the F4F-3 lost to the Japanese fighter in close dogfights, so pilots prefer to avoid such situations by diving out of battle, taking advantage of their aircraft’s higher speed.


A U.S. Navy Grumman F4F-3 in non-specular blue-grey over light-grey scheme in early 1942.

The Wildcat had only one major drawback — the landing gear extension system. In order to release or retract the landing gear, the pilot had to crank a mechanical hoist handle 29 times, which was difficult given the need to direct the aircraft and start climbing after takeoff.

The Wildcat was exported to Greece, Britain and Canada. All in all, 7251 F4F's (including all variants) were constructed, including 285 F4F-3's.