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April 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

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WWII Wildcat arrives at Museum of Flight


KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

At the Museum of Flight, Tom Cathcart, Director of Aircraft Collections and Restoration, helps remove a F2G-1 Super Corsair from the museum so a restored, non-flyable, FM-2 Wildcat used by the U.S. Navy in combat in World War II's Pacific Theater can be displayed here, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Seattle.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

At the Museum of Flight a restored, non-flyable, FM-2 Wildcat, used by the U.S. Navy in combat in World War II's Pacific Theater, is ready to be displayed.

The Wildcat was built under contract by General Motors for the U.S. Navy and delivered on Dec. 27, 1944. During World War II, it flew patrols in the Pacific and participated in the invasion of Okinawa, according to The Museum of Flight.

After WWII, the Wildcat spent 13 years at the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Tacoma. In 1959, it was given to the Seattle Parks Department and converted it into an attraction at Astroland playground in White Center. It spent 10 years at Astroland before being rescued by the Museum of Flight. Now that the restoration is complete, the plane is ready to be installed.



KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

At the Museum of Flight a restored, non-flyable, FM-2 Wildcat (detail), used by the U.S. Navy in combat in World War II's Pacific Theater, is ready to be displayed.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The cockpit of the FM-2 Wildcat.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The FM-2 Wildcat is wheeled into the Museum of Flight. Volunteers include Al Horne, right, and Mark Elliott, second from right, both in caps.

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