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Naval Historical Center #NH 44277
|Dimensions||23'2" by 32' by 9'4"
7.06m by 9.75m by 2.84m
|Engine||One 950 hp (708 kW) Wright R-1820-22
9-cylinder radial engine driving a three-blade propeller
|Wing area||260 square feet
24 square meters
|Armament||2 0.303 machine guns in engine cowling|
The F3F was the last biplane carrier fighter of the U.S. Navy, and it would have been only a historical footnote but for the fact that it was the direct ancestor of the F4F Wildcat. The lineage is apparent from the stubby fuselage and the landing gear retracting into the forward fuselage.
The prototype first flew in May 1935 and production deliveries began in 1936. It remained with front-line squadrons into 1941, and a few were still in service at North Island, in training or patrol capacities, at the outbreak of war.
Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-11-11)
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