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The Grumman F6F Hellcat was not the fastest or most maneuverable or even the most heavily armed plane of the Pacific in World War II.  It was, however, arguably the best all around fighter found in the Pacific theater of operations.  It has been said that the F6F did nothing extraordinarily, but it did do everything well.

Grumman Corp. developed the F6 to replace the F4F Wildcat in answer to Japan's development of the A6M Zero.  The F6 soon became the workhorse of the Navy and was for the most part a carrier based fighter.  The serial production of the plane began in July of 1942 with the first deliveries made to the Navy squadron VF-9 aboard the Essex in January 1943.  There were 12,272 of the planes built between 1942 and its last delivery in November 1945.  Pilots flying the F6F made 4,947 of the 6,477 kills claimed by the U.S. in the Pacific.  After the war, F6F was the first aircraft used by the flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels.


Images of the F6F
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Images of the F6F in Air Warrior III: Screen shots in 3D
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Dawn's F6 <grin>


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