Grumman F6F Hellcat

ICAO aircraft code F6F
Manufacturer Grumman
Country United States
New price USD 0.035 million (1945)

The Grumman F6F Hellcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft of World War II.


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Grumman F6F Hellcat Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
1942 - 1945
United States
New purchase price
USD 0.035 million (1945)

Aircraft performance

AN/APS-4 Radar
1x Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp
2,000 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
340 Kts
630 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
75 Kts
Travel range:
950 Nm
1,759 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
37,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
3650 feet / minute
18.54meter / second
Take Off Distance:
475 meter - 1,558.38 feet
Landing Distance:
570 meter - 1,870.06 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
6,992 Kg
15,415 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
5,714 Kg
12,597 lbs
Max Payload:
1,800 Kg
3,968 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
250 gallon
946 liter

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About the Grumman F6F Hellcat

The Grumman F6F Hellcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft of World War II. Designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat and to counter the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, it was the United States Navy’s dominant fighter in the second half of the Pacific War. In gaining that role it prevailed over its faster competitor Vought F4U Corsair, which had problems with visibility and carrier landings.

Powered by a 2,000hp (1,500kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, the same powerplant used for both the Corsair and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, the F6F was an entirely new design, but it still resembled the Wildcat in many ways. Some military observers tagged the Hellcat as the “Wildcat’s big brother”.

The F6F made its combat debut in September 1943, and was best known for its role as a rugged, well-designed carrier fighter, which was able to outperform the A6M Zero and help secure air superiority over the Pacific theater. In total, 12,275 were built in just over two years.

Hellcats were credited with destroying a total of 5,223 enemy aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. This was more than any other Allied naval aircraft. After the war, Hellcats were phased out of front-line service in the US, but radar-equipped F6F-5Ns remained in service as late as 1954 as night fighters.

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