Monday, August 9, 2010

A note on WWII Grumman Wildcats

During World War II several automobile plants, including one where my grandfather worked in New Jersey, was re-engineered to produce Grumman Wildcat fighter planes before resuming automobile production in 1946.

By late June 1942, Grumman found itself hard pressed to maintain maximum production of it's aircraft. As a result, production of the Wildcat was transferred to five east coast General Motors automobile plants. The automobile manufacturer converted these factories to aircraft production under the name Eastern Aircraft Division. The General Motors FM-2 was the most numerous Wildcat variant produced. From 1943 to the end of the war, General Motors' Eastern Aircraft Divison built more than four thousand FM-2s - nearly 70% of all Wildcats produced.

For more information & photos see:  General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighters
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