Grumman F6F Hellcat

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F6F Hellcat
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats in tricolor camouflage[1][Note 1]
Role Carrier-based fighter aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Grumman
First flight 26 June 1942
Introduction 1943
Retired 1960 Uruguayan Navy[2]
Primary users United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Royal Navy
French Navy
Produced 1942–45
Number built 12,275
Unit cost
$35,000 in 1945[3]

The F6F Hellcat was a United States Navy fighter aircraft made by Grumman during World War II. It first flew in 1942 and was introduced in 1943. It was supposed to be a little bit better than the F4F Wildcat, but became a big improvement. It was more powerful and could turn better. It was made to fight the Japanese A6M Zero. It was able to take off of aircraft carriers. It was also used by the navy as a "night fighter", with radar so it could fly at night. During the war, it had the most aces fly it. It was retired in 1954.

The Hellcat was a rival to the Vought F4U Corsair and had more aerial victories and participated in more missions. The F6F was equipped with Browning Machine Guns, and had external fuel tanks for longer range. It had the same engine as the F4U. The armor of the Hellcat was better than that on other aircraft.

References[change | change source]

  1. "U.S. Naval Aircraft Marking." Archived 2010-11-15 at the Wayback Machine U.S. Naval Historical Center. Retrieved: 11 March 2008.
  2. "Uruguayan Navy." Archived 11 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine aeroflight. Retrieved: 27 May 2012.
  3. Ferguson 2005, pp. 149–175.


  1. The insignia red outline around the national markings indicate that this picture was taken circa June–September 1943.