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Grumman Martlet

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Desperate for modern Naval fighter aircraft, the Royal Navy turned to a batch of 91 Grumman G-36A aircraft which had been stranded without an owner after the fall of France. Named Martlet in RN service, the F-4F went on to serve throughout the war. The Martlet was the first American built fighter aircraft to score a victory when two from No, 804 Squadron forced down a Ju 88 which had been attempting to bomb the fleet at Scappa Flow in October of 1940.
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The Museum's Martlet is the only survivor of the original French order, and the sole remaining Martlet I in the world. It is presented partially restored, wearing a pristine finish on the fuselage. Everywhere else, the paint is worn and chipped from 70 years of harsh existence. Sharp-eyed viewers will note that the camouflage colours are not standard for RN fighters. This is the result of painstaking investigation by the museum's conservation staff during the ongoing restoration.
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About the Author

About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...


Comments

Hi Darren, I'm glad I read all of your preamble as I was going to comment about the paint scheme. It was the first thing that struck me when I saw the pictures. Chris
MAY 30, 2014 - 07:05 PM