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Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Nightfighter White 88 Hanger Queen USS Block Island CVE 106 May 1945

Grumman F6F 5N Hellcat Nightfighter White 88 Hanger Queen USS Block Island CVE 106 May 1945

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The U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

Type: Fighter aircraft
Manufacturer: Grumman
Maiden flight: 26 June 1942
Introduced: 1943
Retired: 1954, USN
Primary users: United States Navy USN, United States Marine Corps USMC, Royal Navy RN, French Navy FN
Produced: 1942-1945
Total Number of F6F-3 and F6F-5 's built: 12,275

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a fighter aircraft descended from the earlier F4F Wildcat, but was a completely new design sharing only a familial resemblance to the Wildcat. Some tagged it as 'Wildcat's big brother'. The Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair were the primary United States Navy carrier fighters in the second half of World War II.

The Hellcat proved to be the most successful aircraft in naval history, destroying 5,171 aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (5,163 in the Pacific and eight more during the invasion of Southern France), plus 52 with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during World War II. Postwar, the Hellcat aircraft was rapidly phased out of front line service, finally retiring in 1954 as a night-fighter in composite squadrons.


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