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Photo ID:1011007
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Model: FM-2 Wildcat Registration: N35MK
Year: Serial Number:86572
Engines: Wright R1820, 1200HP Owner: Chris D. Stoltzfus
Location: Coatesville, PA
Stoltzfus Private Airport
Photographer:Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 1958 Present Registration: N86572 Present Owner (FAA info): Thomas Camp
Warhawk Air Museum
Boise, ID
Notes: 06-21-03 - My father bought two Grumman FM-2 Wildcats in 1957 or 58. The former owner, Matthew Kibler from the Baltimore, MD area, delivered the pair for $3500. N35MK had only 200-hours or so total time since new. It was a beauty!

The FM-2's are a lighter version of the F4F Wildcat. They have manually operated landing gear and vacuum flaps, to save the weight of the hydraulic system. While thoroughly "Grumman", they were actually built by the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors Corporation, in Linden, NJ. The propeller was made by Curtiss Electric.

We were going to make forest sprayers out of the Wildcats, as others had done. However, we bought several Grumman TBM's soon thereafter and they were much better suited for spraying. Father flew N35MK a bit just for fun, and then sold it to someone in New Hampshire.

I recently discovered this ad which Father ran in the January, 1958 Trade-A-Plane: “FM-2, N35MK WILDCAT, 35-gph, easy to fly, gets in and out of almost any Cub field, 99hrs. TT. $4500 or best offer. Take 170A or B Cessna on trade. Phone 1145 Chris Stoltzfus, Coatesville, Pa.” Wow, wouldn’t a lot of us like to have a shot at such a trade today!
 

Photo ID: 1011008
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Notes: 06-21-03 - N35MK beside one of our Chase YC-122's.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011009
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Notes: 06-21-03 - My father, the late Chris D. Stoltzfus, before an evening spin around the block in his baby.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011010
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Notes: 06-21-03 - Father, taxiing in front of two TBM's that were parked alongside the runway.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011011
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Notes: 06-21-03 - We can't see my father's grin but I'm sure it was there! What a kick!!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011012
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Notes: 06-21-03 - The FM-2 Wildcat landing gear is retracted and extended manually. A LOT of turns on the crank! Typically it is still hanging out on initial climb out.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 
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