Eastern FM-2 Wildcat 55627 N47201 by Colin Smedley

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The Fighter Collection’s FM-2 Wildcat, built in 1944, is seen taxying out at the Great Warbirds Air Display at West Malling in 1984. It carries the spurious Bu No 47201 based on its civil registration N47201, the correct Bu No is 55627. Note the “Pudsey Bear” charity logo on the cowling. Built by the Eastern Division of General Motors, the FM-2 is a lighter and more powerful version of Grumman’s F4F Wildcat for use on the smaller escort carriers. This aircraft is now in a Museum in Palm Beach, USA but is still registered with the FAA as being airworthy.


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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    It would be nice to see it fly again over here, great shot.

  • Thanks Nigel! The Fighter Collection has another flying Wildcat now.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Nicely taken Colin. This aeroplane needs to be flying. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted! I agree wholeheartedly.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    Brilliant Work !

  • Thans once more Colin!

    – Colin Smedley

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