Grumman F6F-3 'Hellcat'


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  Base model:F6F
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter

  Length: 33' 7" 10.2 m
  Height:13' 1" 3.9 m
  Wingspan: 42' 10" 13.0 m
  Wingarea: 334.0 sq ft 31.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 9,238 lb 4,189 kg
  Gross Weight: 15,412 lb 6,990 kg
  Max Weight: 15,413 lb 6,990 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W
  Horsepower (each): 2000

  Range: 945 miles 1,521 km
  Cruise Speed: 168 mph 270 km/h 145 kt
  Max Speed: 380 mph 611 km/h 330 kt
  Climb: 2,980 ft/min 908 m/min
  Ceiling: 37,300 ft 11,368 m

Known serial numbers
04775 / 04958, 08798 / 09047, 65890 / 66244

Examples of this type may be found at
National Air and Space MuseumWashingtonDist of Col
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
San Diego Aerospace MuseumSan DiegoCalifornia
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia
United States Marine Corps Air/Ground MuseumQuanticoVirginia

F6F-3 on display

National Air and Space Museum

National Museum of Naval Aviation

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"


Recent comments by our visitors
 , TX
I have a right landing gear door from an F6F-3 with Air Group 7 insignia on it. What is it worth?
02/02/2012 @ 10:56 [ref: 52398]
 Aue, OTH
That Nazi flag image is displaced here!!!
11/07/2011 @ 10:05 [ref: 50023]
 Houston, TX
Somebody please take down that Nazi flag image. It is disgraceful in this setting.
08/04/2010 @ 16:05 [ref: 28568]
 , AR
03/27/2010 @ 06:18 [ref: 25932]
 , AR
03/27/2010 @ 06:18 [ref: 25931]
 Eric Fredricks
 , VA
The secret to the F6F was that was the right tool at the right place and time. The F6F did not do anything dramatically better than other fighters of it's era. It had a good mix of performance and armament, was relatively easy to fly (very important!), and was very rugged. It was the combination of the big Grumman's many attributes that made it one of the great fighters of it's day.
11/17/2009 @ 04:27 [ref: 25299]
 Clay Boutin
 Ontario, CA
I went to the 2009 Planes of Fame air show in Chino California. I have gone to several air shows in the S. California area in past years but this is the first time I had a professional camera and was able to get some great shots of the beautiful aircrafts that were at the show. I will be posting pictures of an F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, B-25 Mitchell, MiG-15, F86-F Sabre and a P-40 Warhawk. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
06/11/2009 @ 21:39 [ref: 24229]
 Larry Moody
 El Mirage, AZ
Hellcat, A great fighter. Of the few left flying, or in museums, I would like to see one painted in the colors of the VF-27 that served aboard CVL-23 Princeton. As far as I know they were the only ones that went against Navy regulations, and had nose art on their fighters. They had a snarling mouth with lots of teeth and eyes above the mouth. Similar to the P-40 of the Flying Tigers.
10/07/2008 @ 18:25 [ref: 22805]
 Wayne Fritsen
 , NV
I was the last plane captin on the last commissioned F6F in the US Navy which was assigned to Point Mugu NAS in calif. it was serial number 22777 and I have tried and tried to loccate that aircraft or find out what happened to it. I was told it was placed on display someplace in California and if anyone knows the whereabouts of this last plane, I would apprecaite hearing from you.
06/11/2008 @ 10:24 [ref: 21406]
 Nathan Volkening
 Bridegton, NJ
I remember reading a book that discussed the P-51 and F6F. i was mentioned that the Hellcat had a lower wing load than the mustang therefore turn tighter. But it depends a lot on the pilot as well as the plane. Look at the Flying Tiger they had
the inferior plane and hundreds of planes less than the Japanese but they held their own really well.
12/12/2007 @ 05:01 [ref: 18891]


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