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#1 My friend Tom Camp has a fully restored, flyable FM2. He has kept it factory original including the manual landing gear lowered and raised via a crank in the cockpit connected to a series of chains and pulleys.
Posted by GolfBravoUSMC 2012-12-10 15:22||
#2 I believe there is another one on the floor of the USN Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. If I remember correctly, it sits just as it was pulled from the bottom of Lake Michigan and still had air in it's tires.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-12-10 15:30||
Time for a second look at side-paddle attack carriers.
Posted by Shipman 2012-12-10 16:12||
#4 Thirty-one World War II planes have been recovered from Lake Michigan, said Taras Lyssenko, a partner in A&T Recovery. The recovery process involves the approval of various state agencies, the Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers. Lyssenko estimated that 70 to 80 airplanes are still in the lake. Finding them, he said, gives him reason to use the "needle in a haystack" expression.
The Wildcat retrieved Friday was one of many planes used during the war to train pilots for landing on aircraft carriers. It rolled off a converted steamship Dec. 28, 1944, and sank about 45 miles southeast of Waukegan after the engine failed during its third takeoff.
Posted by tu3031 2012-12-10 17:49||
#5 To paraph Perts + veteran Pilots on the History Channel, Japan designed the A6M Zero-sen as a Paper Kite wid an Engine.
The Wildcat was outperformed by the more contemporary = "modern" Zero, yet the former was still able to destroy 6.9 enemy aircraft for every one Wildcat lost.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-12-10 19:20||
#6 THAT was due to armor and the Thatch Weave...
Ironic that a nation of individuals won in the air with a tight team structure while a nation of rigid structure fought as individuals...
Posted by European Conservative 2012-12-10 22:06||
#8 IMHO, until the Tomcat, the Wildcat was the last good looking military airplane built by the Iron Works. No way can you say the Stoof, the Greyhound, Hummer, Prowler or Intruder are pretty. Functional, yes, but pretty? they are in a 'the girl you take home from the bar at 2 A M' kind of way.....
Posted by USN,Ret. 2012-12-10 23:19||