F4F-3 and F4F-3A Wildcat

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  1. maxs75

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    Hi guys,
    were there some differences between the F4F-3 and 3A Wildcats? Apart for the different engine and supercharger, were there some differences in performances or from the pilot point of view?
    Was in some way more powerful the two stage vs the single stage supercharger?

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    I dont think so I might be wrong however.
     
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    I did further web research:

    http://www.steelmonsters.com/en/articles/us_fighters1.php

    Anyway I'm not sure if there is a confusion between the first batch of F4F-3 with R-1830-76 engine, and the F4F-3A, vs the standard F4F-3 with R-1830-86 engine.
    Any comments?

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    I got this answer from another board FYI:

    John Lundstrom in THE FIRST TEAM says, "In general, performance was a little less sharp than that of the standard F4F-3, and the pilots preferred the -3s when they could get them." But the -3A had a bit longer range (920 miles at 139 knots)(the -3's range was 816 miles at 130 knots).

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