The Grumman Wildcat (or Martlet in RN/FAA service) was the first modern (single seat, monoplane) American naval fighter of the Second World War.
First flown in 1937, the Wildcat was characterized by it's slightly portly design and fuselage mounted retractable undercarriage. The success of the design ensured orders from both the RN's Fleet Air Arm and the French equivalent. It was progressively modernized and updated throughout the war.
The Martlet was the first American-built aircraft in service with the Royal Navy to down a German aircraft (a JU-...
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