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Grumman F6F Hellcat


The F6F design began as a development of the F4F powered by the R-2600 engine, but soon evolved into a much larger and more capable aircraft, with the R-2800 engine. The F6F was designed and put into service in a very short period, assuring the ascendance of the USN over the A6M 'Zero' from the second half of 1943 onwards. It was credited with 76% of all aircraft destroyed by USN carrier fighters. In line with Grumman tradition, the F6F was a rugged aircraft that lacked easthetic appeal. Typical features were a tail-down attitude in level flight, because of the engine trust line, and the biggest wings fitted to a WWII fighter. Some were converted into unmanned flying bombs, used in Korea.
General characteristics F6F-5
Primary function Fighter
Contractor Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
Power plant One Pratt&Whitney R-2800-10W engine
Thrust 2,173 HP 1,620kW
Wingspan 42.8 ft 13.06 m
Length 33.6 ft 10.24 m
Height 13.1 ft 3.99 m
Wingarea 334 sq ft 31.03 sq m
empty 9,154 lb 4,152 kg
Weight max. 14,205 lb 6,443 kg
Max. speed 380 mph 611 km/h
Initial climb rate 3,250 ft/min 990 m/min
Ceiling 37,400 ft 11,400 m
Max.range 1,305 miles 2,100 km
Armament 2x 20 mm cannons, 4x 12.7mm machine gun (400 rounds each), 6x rockets and 2x 454 kg bombs
Crew One
Date deployed 1942
Number built 12,275


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