Grumman F6F Hellcat

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat (29 kb)
Lt Coleman of VF-40 (USS Suwanee) flies a F6F-5 off the coast of Ishigaki Isle, Aug. 1945

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Successor of the Grumman F4F Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat corrected most of the weaknesses of his predecessor: the F6F offered more power, more ammunition, a better range, a wide landing gear for easier carrier landings... Designed to be a Zero killer, it was very manoeuvrable too.
About 6,000 planes were shot down by the Hellcat; the best result ever for a Navy fighter.


Development

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat (24 kb)
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, 1943

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
Engine Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Double Wasp, 18-cylinder radial 2,200 hp
Weight empty: 4,100 kg (9,040 lb) - with full load: 6,000 kg (13,225 lb)
Armament 6x 12.7 mm (.50cal) wing-mounted Browning machine guns
Performance Max speed: 612 km/h (380 mph) Ceiling: 11,430 m (37,500 ft)

Grumman XF6F-6 Hellcat (22 kb)
A XF6F-6 prototype at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Md. (Dec. 20, 1944)

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Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
The F6F is not used much in WarBirds's general arena, as most people refuse to bear the lack of back view. It's still the best carrier-based dogfighter though.

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(B&W photos from "Squadron/Signal F6F Hellcat in action", color photo from the Internet)