The Wildcat: The Navy's Front-Line Fighter During WWII

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The Grumman F4F Wildcat, a carrier-based fighter aircraft, began service in 1940 as the U.S. Navy’s front-line fighter during the first few years of World War II. Although not as fast or as maneuverable as the Japanese Zero, the Wildcat could keep flying even after sustaining a huge amount of damage. Here, learn more about what this aircraft could do.