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Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat – White 59, VF-17, Jolly Rogers, US Navy (Displayed)


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Matchbox Platinum diecast 1/72 scale model of Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat White 59 of VF-17 Jolly Rogers US Navy based on the carrier USS Hornet in 1945. Finished in accurate looking battle scarred paintwork with fixed raised undercarriage on a display stand and collectors leaflet.
PLEASE NOTE: Model was displayed briefly in a shop cabinet and the stand base and upright have been glued and separated. Does not show with model on display.

Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 7.25 inches

From March 18 – 21 1945 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcats of VF-17 “Jolly Rogers” were aboard the USS Hornet. On March 19, 1945 VF-17 Hellcats encountered and destroyed twenty Japanese Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-kai (George) with the loss of six Hellcats. During March and April of 1945 VF-17 downed a total of 146 aircraft and was involved in supporting attacks on Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Battleship Yamato. Fifteen VF-17 pilots became Aces, more than in any other Pacific fighter unit.

Developed by Grumman to combat the Japanese Zero, the carrier-based F6F Hellcat was first flown on June 26, 1942. 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 accounted for more enemy kills than many other Allied plane during WW2.

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Weight 1.2 kg