SYNOPSIS: The Hellcat replaced the F4F Wildcat during the last three years of the war as the main fighter for the U.S. Navy. It was rugged, dependable, and had the performance to match or beat the Japanese fighters that it fought.
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(updated February 2009)
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Type: Fighter Crew: Pilot Armament: six .50 cal machine guns Specifications Length: 33' 7" (10.24 m) Height: 13' 1" (3.99 m) Wingspan: 42' 10" (13.5 m) Wing area: 3344 sq. ft (313 sq. m) Empty Weight: 9238 lbs (4189 kg) Gross Weight: 15412 lbs (6990 kg) Max Weight: 15413 lbs (6990 kg) Propulsion No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Horsepower: 2000 hp Performance Range: 945 miles (1521 km) Cruise Speed: 168 mph (270 km/hr) Max Speed: 380 mph (611 km/hr) Climb: 2980 ft/min (908.26 m/min) Ceiling: 37300 ft (11368 m)
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