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Old 4th April 2011, 23:44
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Wildcat Serial Numbers and Data Plates

I have a data plate from an FM-1. It has 2 serial numbers on it...was curious if anyione may have any info on it?

data reads:

MFR. Model - GM-1
Serial No. - 547
Navy Model FM-1 Class VF
Serial Number - 15351
Date Mfg. 6 27 43 Motor - R-1830-86

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Old 5th April 2011, 02:09
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Re: Wildcat Serial Numbers and Data Plates

Mr. Baugher's great website tells us that USN BuAer number 15351 was an FM-1, while 547 could be a Helldiver or an Avenger. Given the order the numbers appear on youre plate, I think that 547 is a manufacturer's serial number (or company number) while 15351 is the USN serial number.
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Re: Wildcat Serial Numbers and Data Plates

Yup...547 is the manufacture serial...as it is right next to the Manufacture Model NUmber.

Is there any website that has a list of serials? Would be curious to know if there is any history on this particular aircraft...

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Re: Wildcat Serial Numbers and Data Plates

Request the Aircraft History Card for FM-1 BuNo. 15351.
http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/emailform.cfm

It's free and will show up at your door in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Wildcat Serial Numbers and Data Plates

Awesome!!!

Will do!

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