F6F-5 Hellcat

F6F-5 Hellcat

F6F-5 Hellcat

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PUBLISHER Abacus Publishing  (MORE)
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The carrier based Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat fighter-bomber was one of the most successful and most feared of the Allied aircraft.

Hellcat pilots were responsible for more than 76% of the confirmed U.S. carrier-based victories. In two years, Hellcats achieved 5,156 victories; an outstanding 19:1 kill-to-loss ratio.

The single-seat Hellcat was a follow-up to the F4F-3 Wildcat after early US Navy combat experience. It incorporated major design changes including a low-mounted wing, wider retractable landing gear, a more powerful engine, improved cockpit armor plating and increased ammunition capacity.

The F6F-5 variant had a redesigned engine cowl, new ailerons, a strengthened tail and a water-injection system for the engine, which added 10% to the takeoff performance and increased its armament-carrying capabilities. The F6F-5 was first flown in April 1944, and production continued through November 1945. It was credited with over three-quarters of the US Navy's air-to-air kills in the war.


Engine P&W R-2800-10W Double Wasp 18-cyl radial
Power @ sea level 2,000 HP @ 2,700 RPM
Power @ 22,500 ft 1,650 HP @ 2,700 RPM
War Emergency Power 2,200 HP at 2,700 RPM @sea level
Length 33 ft 7 in
Height 13 ft 1 in
Wing Span 42 ft 10 in
Wing Area 334.0 sq ft
Empty Weight 9,238 lbs
Max Take off (MTO) 15,300 lbs
Max Speed 317 mph @sea level / 380.0 mph @23,700 ft
Stall Speed 91 mph IAS at 13,797 lbs
Maximum Range 1,130 mi. / 1,650 mi w/ drop tanks
Service Ceiling 37,300 ft
Initial Climb 2,980 fpm @ sea level