Lieutenant (jg) William Leonard's F4F-4 Wildcat taking off for combat air patrol from USS Yorktown during Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942

Caption     Lieutenant (jg) William Leonard's F4F-4 Wildcat taking off for combat air patrol from USS Yorktown during Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-312016
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Photos on Same Day 4 Jun 1942
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Sep 2011 05:58:47 PM

I've seen WWII films of Wildcats launched from carriers, and they do a type of porpoise
up and down movement, why is that?

The Wildcat pilot was busy flying the plane, getting the flaps up and hand-cranking the landing gear at the same time.


The F4F-3 was armed w/four fifty caliber machine guns, w/1800 rounds or, 450rpg pilots had about 34 seconds firing time.
The F4F-4 entered service in 1942, and was armed w/six fifty caliber machine guns with 1440 rounds or, 240rpg giving about 20 seconds firing time.
Production ended in August 1945, with over
7800 aircraft being built. The F4F Wildcat was phased out of service, declared surplus or scrapped.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Jan 2012 08:31:52 PM

F4F Wildcat,launched from USS Yorktown flown by(XO)Executive Officer of Fighting Squadron 3,Lt.(JG) William N. Leonard.

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