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F-6F Hellcat Podcast

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F-6F-5E fighter on USS Sangamon in April 1945 (notice radar pod, white, under the wingtip).

F-6F-5E fighter on USS Sangamon in April 1945 (notice radar pod, white, under the wingtip).

The Grumman F-6F Hellcat was the United States Navy’s primary fighter aircraft from mid 1943 till the end of the war.  It achieved a combat kill ratio of 19-1. The first landing on the USS Yorktown was made by a Hellcat flown by CAG-5 (Commander Air Group Five) LCDR James H. Flatley, Jr., on 06 May 1943 and it would also debut in combat flying off Yorktown again led by its air group commander. Click on the podcast player below to hear it and/or subscribe to our podcasts by clicking on the subscribe free link on the right side of the page under Patriots Point Podcasts channel.

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