Grumman F6F Hellcat – 800 NAS, RNFAA, HMS Emperor, 1944


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Corgi Aviation Archive Predators PR99414: Grumman F6F Hellcat of 800 NAS, RNFAA, HMS Emperor, 1944. Limited Edition of 3,110 Pieces.

Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 7.25 inches

Developed by Grumman to combat the Japanese Zero, the carrier-based F6F Hellcat was first flown on June 26, 1942. It could fly about an average 55 mph faster than the Zero and it was heavier and more powerful. The Hellcat was a far more potent force than its predecessor, the Wildcat. It had increased fuel capacity, a low-mounted wing, wide landing gear, strengthened cockpit armor plating, and increased ammunition capacity. The big Double Wasp engine was set three degrees off the center axis, giving the aircraft a tail-down attitude in flight. Pilots’ stories of “mostly holes where the airplane used to be” underscore the Hellcat’s ability absorb unbelievable punishment and still return to the ship.

The Hellcat also had the highest kill ratio of any American fighter plane during WWII (19 to 1). US Navy pilots referred the Hellcat as the “Aluminum Tank”. F6F was one of the most feared and successful planes in WWII.

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