Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
I would LOVE to own one. Maintaining it would be a beast, but worth the price of admission.
Some type of early Grumman. https://padresteve.com/2010/11/15/wings-of-gold-u-s-navy-carrier-aircraft-1935-1941/.
Grumman FF carrier fighter. Notice the retractable landing gear.
That's sweet. You can see the lineage of that plane all the way up through the F4F Wildcat with it's distinctive main landing gear.Great photo.
I love the Grumman products. The Navy version of Republic Aircraft. Thick, strong, capable of taking damage, and surprisingly cutting edge for their times.Yet another fantastic company that has been absorbed away.
Until it came time to change sparkplugs. Even routine maintenance would be a pain. Remember that after the pilot went gloriously roaring through the skies, he turned that plane over to a crew chief and a herd of mechanics with the full resources of the US Navy to keep it going.
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