The Fighter Collection’s (“TFC”) Grumman FM2 Wildcat G-RUMW has flown again at IWM Duxford for the first time since 2008. Photographs courtesy of David Whitworth.
TFC’s Wildcat, the sole airworthy example in Europe, had its first flight on Monday afternoon in almost five years, in the hands of TFC Chief Pilot Pete Kynsey.
This particular aircraft was manufactured in 1944 and passed through various collectors’ hands until it was restored to flying condition by Fighter Rebuilders in the USA over a period of several years, making its first flight in January 1993 before moving to IWM Duxford, UK, where it has been operated by TFC. The Wildcat is one of three TFC ‘Cats’, the others being the Bearcat and the currently grounded Hellcat.
For more news updates, visit TFC’s Diary. With thanks to David Whitworth.