The Grumman F4F Wildcat was initially conceived of as a biplane, hence its oversized fuselage design.
The Wildcat was an American carrier-based single seat fighter aircraft that began service in 1940. First used in combat by the
British in Europe, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the
Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II. With a top speed of 318 mph the Wildcat was outperformed by the
faster 331 mph more maneuverable, and longer ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. But the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with it's
ability to absorb battle damage resulted in an air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 7 to 1. In every combat area, the Grumman F4F
Wildcat had metamorphosed from underdog to champion, covering itself with glory and its pilots with medals, in hard-fought
battles over Wake Island, Guadalcanal, the Battle of Midway, the Solomon Islands, the Corral Sea and elsewhere across the
Pacific. Although nearly 8,000 Wildcats were built less than 20 remain in airworthy condition today.
This plane is made from Diet Squirt Soda Cans
but can be made from any 12 or 16 oz beverage Cans.