[RELEASED] F4F-4 Wildcat | Got Friends

I am excited about Wildcat F4F i love old Warbirds specially WW2

29 Cranks to Lock it! You also get a nice pop-up placard in cockpit to let you know your gear is locked. Annoyingly to some, we are working on simulating the full 29 cranks. That said, I’m sure we will add a Landing Gear Realism setting in the cockpit that can be turned off so it cranks automatically with a click. The typical Got Friends settings will apply that you are use to seeing in our other aircraft. This will help you customize the aircraft’s “Feel” that suites your hardware/preferences best.

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Sounds awesome! Very excited for it. I just wish I could park it next to my Hellcat on my own private strip ; )

Raw Preview of the 3D Modeling Work!
Mykrode has done an amazing job!

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Super Excited to see this in the sim! I love Warbirds, this will give me a reason to get into the history of the bird and A great War Path Wednesday Flight!

I already have the F6F Hellcat in my hangar, but I’m sure this will be different enough to be a worthwhile addition. And hey, it’s GotFriends! Chalk me up for one!

What about sound quality?

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I’ve been excited for this since you soft announced it a while back in one of your development updates. Really looking forward to seeing the full Got Friends treatment on a classic warbird :+1:

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This is your release I’m most looking forward too since your first screenshots a while back. I’m sure it will be another favorite =)

Anyone care to elaborate differences to hellcat, as we have one already in very good quality? Honestly quite strange choice.

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Wing mount, low vs mid monted.

The Wildcat predates the Hellcat. It’s slower and less maneuverable, but an important plane in the history of US naval aviation and in the history of World War II. Though it was outmatched by the Zero in some ways, American pilots were able to develop tactics to use it with success until better aircraft like the Hellcat became available. And even late in the war they saw service on escort carriers because they were still quite capable against submarines and ground targets.

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Honestly, quite a strange post.

The Wildcat was the plane that held the line for the US Navy in the early days of the war against the Zero. It couldn’t match the A6M’s performance but it made up for that with ruggedness. It’s the plane men like Thach and O’Hare became famous in. It was the Navy’s fighter at pivotal battles like Guadalcanal and Midway. USMC Medal of Honor winner Henry Elrod sank a Japanese destroyer in a Wildcat at Wake Island, the first Japanese warship to be destroyed by American aircraft in the war. Planes like the Hellcat and Corsair may have won the air war over the Pacific, but the Wildcat is the plane that kept it from being lost before they could arrive. And it was Wildcats, relegated to escort carriers by that time while the fleet carriers had Hellcats, that threw themselves at the Japanese battleships without any anti-ship weapons at the Battle off Samar, even making fake strafing runs after their machine gun ammunition was expended to distract the enemy.

Nobody who has any real interest in warbirds or aviation history in general would imply something so silly as that because we have the Hellcat in the sim there’s no reason to have the Wildcat. By that logic we had the Corsair in the sim so there was no need for the Hellcat, and we have the F-35 so there’s no need for anything before it because who cares about anything but the latest and greatest?

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Sorry If I offended you or anyone else. That was genuine question. I was not asking about historical importance, I am aware it was very important aircraft in Pacific Theater. I was asking about technical/flight dynamic differences against Hellcat, as all I know it was slower version of Hellcat with little bit differently mounted wing and landing gear in fuselage.
What was maybe “strange” part of my post was that, that there is still 0 recreations of Thunderbolt, one recreation of Mustang from Aeroplane Heaven, which simply does not match FlyingIron or GotFriends quality. So it would make more sense to me to pick on of them or any other still not available plane instead of essentialy similar aircraft (to my understanding, thats why I asked) which we already have first. Again I apologize if this part of my post confused you.

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I can appreciate the question. Do I want a Wildcat? Yes. Would I like a Thunderbolt more? Yes. If this at least partially because we already have a top of the line Hellcat available? Yes. The two planes are unique, but still more comparable than either to a P-47.

It may make more sense to know that this is not a new decision on GF’s part. They have had a partially built Wildcat in their shop quite a while, before the Hellcat was even announced by FI pretty sure (for sure before it was released). Sound has been one of the things holding them back. I’m assuming they have gotten that figured out now. It also explains why the first post says, “It’s time…”

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They have had a partially built Wildcat in their shop quite a while, before the Hellcat was even announced

Now this make sense to me. I was not aware of that.

This is a very exciting announcement!

The Wildcat was produced throughout the war with the F4F-3 being the first to see combat (as I recall), the F4F-4 adding folding wings, and the FM-2 (the “wilder Wildcat”) was the final version that was lighter, had amore powerful engine, and a taller tail to compensate for the added torque of the engine.

The somewhat simplistic story many of us had read was that the Wildcat was outclassed by the Japanese Zeros and Oscars, but that isn’t quite true. Navy and Marine pilots developed tactics that capitalized on the Wildcat’s strengths and made it very effective. Six Marine aviators received Medals of Honor for their actions in Wildcats during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Navy aviators such as O’Hare and Thatch also did great things with Wildcats.

Grumman’s F6F had better performance in every area than the F4F and was in my opinion the premier Navy fighter of the war (yes, more so than the Corsair, which was a truly outstanding fighter).

I don’t know that the Hellcat was really more maneuverable than the Wildcat, though. I’ve read a number of contemporary accounts from pilots that found the Wildcat lighter and more nimble than the Hellcat. What the Hellcat had, and what was so important, was more than enough power to maintain and regain energy during combat maneuvers – power the Wildcat did not have.

Anyway, I’m really excited for this announcement!

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I agree, and I think the key is what we mean by maneuverable. The Hellcat was less agile in general terms (i.e. turn rate) than the Wildcat, but this comparison is not exactly fair. The Wildcat could easily out-turn a Hellcat at lower speeds, but the important fact of the Hellcat was that it could out-maneuver the Zero at high speed. Hellcat could perform a wider array of the air combat maneuvers effective in combating Zeros, so does that mean it was more maneuverable?

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Yup, there’s a lot of nuance to maneuverability in fighters. :slight_smile: Your analysis is consistent with my understanding too.

There’s no doubt the Hellcat was amazing. Even so, there’s a reason the Navy kept the Wildcat in production throughout the war. It was a truly great plane, and especially in the FM-2 variant (which I think was the most produced variant) served successfully in both the Atlantic and Pacific. There were even a few FM-2 aces.

I’m happy for an F4F-4, though. It will be neat!

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Excited about this development, but I have to admit that I would love to see someone like GF or Flying Iron produce an A6m2 (or 5) as a viable “bookend”.

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