The Grumman F6F Hellcat was the most successful American naval fighter of the
Second World War. By the end of the war, the Hellcat was credited with shooting
down 5,156 enemy aircraft, 75% of the entire total for the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps. Although it was not a direct development from the earlier F4F Wildcat,
there were similarities, from the basic shape to the type of folding wing used.
The Hellcat was a rugged aircraft that the Japanese found very hard to shoot
down. Most Japanese aircraft, including the Zero, gained their great
maneuverability at the expense of armor and resilience. Hellcat pilots reported
that most Japanese aircraft they shot down either exploded or caught fire, while
the Hellcat could take a great deal of damage and still stay in the air. Navy
and Marine Corps Hellcats were credited with 5,156 enemy aircraft shot down
(4,947 by carrier based aircraft), 75% of the Navy?s total. This gave them the
outstanding kill to lose ratio of 19 to 1 in air to air combat (more were lost
to anti-aircraft fire and accidents). The Hellcat shot down more Japanese
aircraft, at less cost, that the F4U Corsair, despite that aircrafts slightly
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Grumman F6F (3/5) Hellcat Pilot's Manual US Navy
This original WWII era Grumman F6F flight operating manual taught
transitioning pilot's everything they needed to know before entering
the cockpit. It's a wonderful guide to one of history's great
Detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures
etc. This pilot's manual is essential for a clear
understanding of the operation & performance capabilities of one of
the most successful naval fighter aircraft in history.
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