Grumman F6F Hellcat
The F6F Hellcat was a United States Navy fighter aircraft made by Grumman during World War II. I t 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", which means that a radar was put on it so it could fly at night. During the war, it had the most aces fly it. It was retired in 1954.
|Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats in tricolor camouflage[Note 1]|
|Role||Carrier-based fighter aircraft|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||26 June 1942|
|Retired||1960 Uruguayan Navy|
|Primary users||United States Navy|
United States Marine Corps
$35,000 in 1945
- The insignia red outline around the national markings indicate that this picture was taken circa June–September 1943.
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