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United States' Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat fighter

Design

The F6F-5 had changes made to the windshield, engine cowling, and ailerons. The tail was reinforced. There was more armored added behind the pilot.

Engine

The engine could use water injection.

Production

The F6F-5 first flew in April 4, 1944.

  • Grumman F6F-5: 6,435, 6,681, 6,940
  • Grumman F6F-5N: 1,189, 1,434
  • Total: 7,868
    • Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
    • Manufacturing location: Bethpage, New York
    • Production: April 1944 - November 1945

Variants

  • Grumman F6F-5 / Grumman Hellcat Mk II: Could carry 2,000 lb / 907 kg of bombs. Some models had two 20 mm cannons replacing the two inboard 12.7 mm MGs. Cowling was changed.
  • Grumman F6F-5N: Night fighter.
  • Grumman F6F-5P: Photo reconnaissance.

Specifications

  Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
Type Carrier based fighter, Fighter, Fighter bomber
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Double Wasp piston, Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W piston
Cylinders Radial, Radial 18
Cooling Air
HP 2,000, 2,200
Propeller blades 3, 3 constant speed
Dimensions  
Span 42' 10"
13.05 m, 13.08 m
Length 33' 7"
10.23 m
Height 13' 1"
3.99 m
Wing area 334 ft2
31.03 m2
Weight  
Empty 9,200 lb, 9,153 lb, 9,238 lb
4,190 kg, 4,191 kg
Loaded 12,500 lb
Maximum load 15,400 lb, 15,413 lb
6,991 kg
Performance  
Speed 380 mph
602 kph
Speed at sea level 324 mph
521 kph
Speed @ 17,300' 386 mph
Speed @ 23,400' /
7,130 m
380 mph
612 kph
Speed @ 23,400' /
7,132 m
380 mph
611 kph
Cruising speed 159 mph, 168 mph
270 kph
Climb 2,980'/minute
908 m/minute
Service ceiling 37,300', 37,500'
11,370 m, 11,500 m
Range 945 miles, 1,040 miles
1,520 km, 1,529 km, 1,675 km
Range - loaded 1,040 miles
Range - max 1,530 miles
Armament  
Wings 6: MG
6: 12.7 mm Browning M2 MG
6: 12.7 mm MG
6: .50 cal MG
OR 2: 20 mm
4: 12.7 mm MG
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb
2,000 lb
2: 454 kg
907 kg
OR  
Rockets 2: 11.75"
Rockets 6
6: 5"
6: 127 mm
6: HVAR

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, General Editor: Jim Winchester, 2004
  2. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  3. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  4. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  5. American Attack Aircraft Since 1926, E. R. Johnson, 2012
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