Aircraft Deployed During WWII

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An original collection of B&W photos of the men and aircraft stationed at NASW in WWII.

Note: These were some of the planes stationed at NAS Wildwood during WWII, none of them are currently on display at the NASW Museum.

GRUMMAN F4F “WILDCAT”

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The Wildcat served throughout World War 2 and participated in the Battle of Midway and the Coral Sea,as well as the North African Invasion. They also served in the Royal Navy under the name Martlet. Inferior in performance,in certain aspects,to many opposing fighters,this rugged little fighter and their well trained pilots maintained a victory to loss ratio of nearly 7 to 1.

DIMENSIONS

  • SPAN…………………..38′-0″
  • LENGTH……………….28′-9″
  • HEIGHT………………..11′-10″
  • WING AREA……..260 SQ.FT.
  • M.A.C………………………84″

POWER PLANT

  • NO.AND MODEL………….{1} R-1830-86
  • MFR……………………………………..P&W
  • SUPERCH…………….
  • PROP.GEAR RATIO…………………..3:2
  • PROP.MFR……………………..Curtis Elec.
  • NO.BL./DIA…………………………3/9′-9″

RATINGS

  • T.O……..1200BHP. @ 2900 R.P.M. @ S.L.
  • NORMAL.1030BHP @ 2700 R.P.M @ 15,000′

ARMAMENT

  • 6-.50 CAL./1440 RDS.
  • 2-100LB BOMBS

 

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“Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft,Enzo Angelucci,The Military Press ISBN1-0-517-41024
Aircraft data from:
NAVAL HISTORY CENTER


CURTISS SB2C “HELLDIVER”

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SB2C “HELLDIVER”- NAS WILDWOOD, NAVY DAY 1945

The SB2C ‘Helldiver”was not one of the most popular carrier aircraft,replacing the Douglas SBD “Dauntless was not an easy chore.After extensive improvements and development,later models proved themselves up to expectations during the last part of the war.Many Helldivers were stationed at NAS Wildwood,which was a primary Dive Bombing training facility.
DIMENSIONS

SPAN…………………..49”-9″
LENGTH……………….36′-8″
HEIGHT………………..14′-9″
WING AREA……..422 SQ.FT.
M.A.C……………………109.3″

POWER PLANT

NO.AND MODEL……….{1} R-2600-20
MFR………………………………….WAC
SUPERCH…………….1 stage,2 speed
PROP.GEAR RATIO……………..16:9
PROP.MFR……………………..Curtiss.
NO.BL./DIA…………………….4/12′-2″

RATINGS

T.O……..1900BHP. @ 2800 R.P.M. @ S.L.
NORMAL.1600BHP @ 2400 R.P.M @ 5,000′

ORDNANCE

2-.20mm./wing mount/400 RDS.
2-.30 CAL./Aft/2000 RDS.

BOMBLOAD

1-1,000 or 2,000 LBS.
2-500LBS.
3-100LBS.
2 325LBS. D.B.
1-MK13-3 torp.

In addition to the bomb bay,the SB2C had the following wing mount capabilities:
2-1000 or 500 or 100LBS. bombs or 325 LBS. D.B.
8-5″ HVAR rockets on MK.5 rocket launchers.

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CONSOLIDATED PBY “CATALINA”

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The PBY “Catalina”was probably the Navy’s most useful aircraft during World War 2.Designed for use as a patrol aircraft, the PBY filled a variety of roles,anti-sub warfare, recon and search and rescue.The Catalina’s first wartime achievement was locating the Battleship Bismarck in service with the R.A.F.
DIMENSIONS

SPAN……………….104”-0″
LENGTH……………62′-11″
HEIGHT………………..22′-5″
WING AREA……..1400 SQ.FT.
M.A.C……………………165.3″

POWER PLANT

NO.AND MODEL……….{2} R-1830-92
MFR………………………………….P&W
SUPERCH…………….1 stage,1 speed
PROP.GEAR RATIO……………..16:9
PROP.MFR……………………..Ham.Std.
NO.BL./DIA…………………….3/12′-1″

RATINGS

T.O……..1200BHP. @ 2700 R.P.M. @ S.L.
NORMAL.1050BHP @ 2550 R.P.M @ 7,500′

ORDNANCE

2-.30 CAL./Nose/2100 RDS.
2-.50 CAL./Waist/1156 RDS.

BOMBLOAD

WINGMOUNTED

4-1,000 LBS.
4-500LBS.
12-100LBS.
8-325LBS. D.B.
2-MK13-3 torp.

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Grumman F6F Hellcat

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NORTH AMERICAN SNJ “TEXAN”

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SNJ ‘TEXANS’ OUTSIDE OF HANGAR #1 NAS WILDWOOD

The North American AT-6 Texan was the most extensively used trainer during the war,also known as Harvard {R.A.F.} and the SNJ {U.S.N.}The SNJ was an all purpose trainer used for intermediate and instrument flight training,providing an excellent transition between intial flight training and operational duty.

DIMENSIONS

SPAN…………………..42′-0″
LENGTH……………….29′-0″
HEIGHT………………..14′-6″
WING AREA…253.7 SQ.FT.
M.A.C………………………76″
TREAD…………………..8′-7″

POWER PLANT

NO.AND MODEL……….{1} R-1340-AN-1
MFR……………………………………..P&W
SUPERCH…………….1 STAGE,1 SPEED
PROP.GEAR RATIO…………………..D.D
PROP.MFR……………………..HAM.STD.
NO.BL./DIA…………………………2/9′-0″

RATINGS

T.O……..600BHP. @ 2250 R.P.M. @ S.L.
NORMAL.550BHP. @ 2200 R.P.M. @ 5,000′

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SBD Douglas Dauntless

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An improved modification of Northrop BT-1 aircraft. Entered production in 1940. Was the most successful American dive bomber during WWII. Several thousands built.
MODEL SBD-6
CREW 2
ENGINE 1 x Wright R-1820-6 Cyclone 9, 1007kW
WEIGHTS
Take-off weight 4318 kg 9520 lb
Empty weight 2964 kg 6535 lb
DIMENSIONS
Wingspan 12.65 m 42 ft 6 in
Length 10.06 m 33 ft 0 in
Height 3.94 m 13 ft 11 in
Wing area 30.19 m2 324.96 sq ft
PERFORMANCE
Max. speed 410 km/h 255 mph
Cruise speed 298 km/h 185 mph
Ceiling 7680 m 25200 ft
Range 1244 km 773 miles
ARMAMENT 2 x 12.7mm machine-guns, 2 x 7.62mm machine-guns, 725kg of bombs

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VOUGHT F4U “CORSAIR”

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The Corsair was first thought to be too powerful to fly from a carrier. Slow speed handling problems and limited cockpit view made carrier landings difficult.It was first flown in combat by land based Marines,after modifications with a raised seat and bulged canopy,the F4U began ship board duties,from British carriers in ’43 and U.S. carriers in ’44. The design utilized the smallest possible airframe with the most powerful engine available. A maximum speed of 417 mph@20,000 feet,made it one of the fastest fighters of World War II.
DIMENSIONS

SPAN…………………..41′-0″
LENGTH……………….33′-8″
HEIGHT………………..14′-9″
WING AREA……..314 SQ.FT.
M.A.C………………………94″

POWER PLANT

NO.AND MODEL………….{1} R-2800-18w
MFR……………………………………..P&W
SUPERCH…………….2 stage, 2 speed
PROP.GEAR RATIO…………………..20:9
PROP.MFR……………………..Ham.Std.
NO.BL./DIA…………………………4/13-2″

ARMAMENT

6-.50 CAL./2400 RDS.-WING
2-1,000LB BOMBS-WING
2-500LB BOMBS-WING
2-2500LB BOMBS-WING
8-5″ H.V.A.R ROCKETS-WING
2-11.5″ A.R ROCKETS-WING

RATINGS

T.O……..2100BHP. @ 2800 R.P.M. @ S.L.
NORMAL.1700BHP @ 2600 R.P.M @ 7,000′

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Information taken from:
“Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft,Enzo Angelucci,The Military Press ISBN1-0-517-41024
Aircraft data from:
NAVAL HISTORY CENTER

 


 

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