Despite the fact that the Grumman Wildcat had a valiant success against the Japanese Zero, it was soon overcome by the outstanding performance of Grumman F6F Hellcat, aircraft that could be held responsible for four thousand, four hundred and ninety-seven of the six thousand, four hundred and seventy-seven shoot-downs achieved by the American pilots during World War Two. Units in service with the Marines and Fleet Air Arm annihilated another one thousand and fifty-three enemy planes. It had an overall 19:1 victory ratio.Grumman F6F Hellcat Picture
On the twenty-sixth of June, nineteen forty-two, Bob Hall took the maiden flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat. A production of twelve thousand, two hundred and seventy-five units were created in only thirty months from the Long Island, Bethpage factory. The aircraft proved itself to be the supreme compromise. Grumman F6F Hellcat was not the fastest, not the most maneuverable or the most produced or the most heavily armed or even the most beautiful. It was, however, an exact combination of parts and ingredients and easily established an ascendancy over the Japanese fighters that were never a challenge.
Although Grumman F6F Hellcat resembles it sister in terms of appearance, it is much better equipped. The wing is also lowered to a mid low position, reducing the length of the landing gear in order to ease deck-landing stress and enlarging the track for better handling. The enormous, almost square wing had quite a lot of lift and was as strong as a bridge. Should Grumman F6F Hellcat run into a deficiency, it would be visible rearward, the cockpit being fared into the fuselage, just as on early Republic P-47 models.
Grumman F6F Hellcat had a wingspan of 41 feet and 10 inches, a length of 33 feet and 7 inches while having a height of 13 feet and 1 inch. It had an empty weight of nine thousand and twenty-three pounds and a gross weight of thirteen thousand, two hundred and twenty-one pounds, while reaching a top speed of 391 miles per hour. It had a range of one thousand, eight hundred and fifty miles and three .50 inch browning machine guns in each wings as weaponry, plus two thousand pounds of explosives. It had only one seat.
The Grumman F6F Hellcat had many virtues: its strong engine and the increasing training and performances of its pilots. The blue Hellcats ranged over the Pacific by nineteen ninety-four.
Grumman F6F Hellcat Pictures Gallery