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United States' Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighter

Production

The F3F-3 first flew in October 1942.

  • Grumman F6F-3: 4,403
    • Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Variants

  • Grumman F6F-3 / Grumman Hellcat Mk I: Initial production model.
  • Grumman F6F-3E: Night fighter. Radar was located in a pod on the wing.
  • Grumman F6F-3K: Drones that were used to gather particles from the atomic cloud during the atomic tests in 1946 at Bikini atoll.
  • Grumman F6F-3N: Night fighter. Radar was located in a pod on the wing.

Usage

223 F6F-3s were modified to be night fighters.

Specifications

  Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10 Double Wasp
Cylinders Radial 18
Cooling Air
HP 2,000
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 42' 10"
Length 33' 7"
Height 13' 1"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 9,042 lb
4,101 kg
Loaded 11,381 lb, 12,186 lb
5,527 kg
Maximum load 13,228 lb
6,000 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 17,300' 376 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 38,400'
Range 1,090 miles
Armament 6: MG

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  3. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
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