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The lethal F6F Hellcat gained enormous fame during WWII operating from the USS Yorktown. Making their first combat flights from Yorktown in August 1943, the more powerful and agile Hellcat dominated the Pacific Theater, and is credited with more air-­to-­air kills than any other U.S Navy aircraft in history.

Craft Stats

Type Single-seat Carrier-based Fighter
Bureau Number 79593
Manufacturer Grumman
Powerplant One 1492-­kW (2000-­hp) Pratt & Whitney R-­2800-­10W Double Wasp 18-­cylinder radial piston engine
Maximum speed 620 km/h (380 mph) at medium altitude
Range 1675 km (1040 miles)
Service ceiling 11,500 m (37,500 ft)
Armament Six 12.7-­‐mm (.50-­‐cal) Browning M2 machine guns with 400 rounds each Two or three bombs up to maximum of 907 kg (2000 lb); and six 127-­‐mm (5-­‐in) HVAR (High Velocity Aircraft Rockets)
Weights Empty 4191 kg (9200 lb) Loaded 6991 kg (15,400 lb)
Dimensions Span: 13.08 m (42 ft 10 in) Length: 10.23 m (33 ft 7 in) Height: 3.99 m (13 ft 1 in) Wing area: 31.03 m2 (334 sq ft)
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