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Grumman F6F Hellcat. Photo. Characteristics.
Grumman F6F Hellcat. Photo. Characteristics.

Grumman F6F Hellcat. Photo. Characteristics.


A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: one pilot

Plane F6F «Hellcat» (Hellcat - witch) combines the experience gained during the operation of the previous maritime fighter F4F «Uildket" in the Pacific, as well as highlights of the air war in Europe. Following the receipt in June 1941, the order of the US Navy on this fighter company "Grumman" finalized "paper" airplane, down the center section of the wing, thus providing an increase in track chassis, installing additional armor plates around the cockpit to protect the pilot, as well as strengthening the arms. Less than a year after receiving the order XF6F-1 prototype made its first flight, and it soon became clear that in order to combat the advantages of the fighter you want to install a more powerful engine. With the engine R-2800-10 companies "Pratt & Whitney" aircraft F-1 has received the new designation F-3.

The plane made a combat debut in August 1943 years, and from this point on the question of air superiority in the Pacific is no longer rising. Hellcat aircraft based aboard aircraft carriers virtually zseh US Navy, and until the day of victory over Japan was lost 4947 aircraft. Surprisingly, only three made major modifications - aircraft F6F-3, which is from October to April 1942 1944 4423, was built instance, improved aircraft F6F-5 and night fighters F6F-3N and F6F-5N. The Royal Navy at a 1943 1945 1200 year received nearly aircraft. After the war, the aircraft "Hellcat" operated very limited, it was replaced by the plane "Birket» (Bearcat). Of the nine instances considered flying aircraft F6F seven now based in the US and two in the UK.

Basic data


  • Length: 10,24 m
  • Wingspan: 13,06 m
  • Height: 4,11 m


Range of flight: 1674 km

Power point: R-2800-10W «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 2000 l. from. (1491 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 4152 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 6991 kg


Date of first flight:

  • 26 1942 year in June


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 612 km / h


The surviving airworthymodifications:

  • F6F-3 / -5 / -5K / -5N


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