The F4F Wildcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940. The Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps during the early part of World War II. The Wildcat was outperformed by the Mitsubishi Zero, but held its own because, with relatively heavy armor and self-sealing fuel tanks, the Wildcat airframe could survive far more damage than the Zero. Many U.S. Navy fighter pilots also were saved by the Wildcat's homing device, which allowed them to find their carriers in poor visibility. Lessons learned from the Wildcat were applied to the faster F6F Hellcat which could outperform the Zero on its own terms. The Wildcat continued to be built throughout the remainder of the war to serve on escort carriers, where larger and heavier fighters could not be used.
This specific F4F model is painted as Joe Foss' airplane. Foss was the leading fighter ace of the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was the lead pilot in his flight of eight Wildcats, the group was known as Foss's Flying Circus. In three months of sustained combat during the Guadalcanal Campaign, Foss's Flying Circus had shot down 72 Japanese aircraft, including 26 credited to him. Foss received the Medal of Honor in 1943 for his role in the air combat during the Guadalcanal Campaign.
This handcrafted model is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail and makes a great gift for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
- 1/28 Scale Model
- 16.3 Inch Wingspan
- 12.4 Inch Length
- Material Mahogany Wood