Grumman F6F Hellcat
The F6F design began as a development of the F4F
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
||Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
||One Pratt&Whitney R-2800-10W engine
||334 sq ft
||31.03 sq m
|Initial climb rate
||2x 20 mm cannons, 4x 12.7mm machine gun (400 rounds each), 6x
rockets and 2x 454 kg bombs
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