What do you do with a military airplane that’s too old even for the reserves? In the case of a World War II General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, you turn it into a playground attraction.
Then, of course, you wait for aviation historians to realize its importance, restore it and hang it in a museum. That last part happened Thursday at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighter during the first year and a half of World War II, playing a key role in such battles as in Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal, according to a U.S. Navy writeup. “Though the stubby little F4F could not equal the speed and maneuverability of its Japanese counterpart, the ‘Zero,’ its rugged construction and superior armament, coupled with well-trained pilots and good tactics, ensured that it generally gave at least ‘as good as it got’ during the crisis months of 1942.”
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Photo by Jordan Stead, Seattlepi.com