By Barrett Tillman
Grumman's successor to the pugnacious Wildcat, the Hellcat embodied a few of the classes learnt through F4F pilots within the commencing months of the Pacific conflict. brought to the fleet in January 1943, and blooded in wrestle opposed to the japanese by means of VF-5 seven months later, the F6F served because the valuable US army fighter on board provider decks till VJ-Day. regardless of its lethality within the air whilst ranged opposed to the easiest jap combatants, it nonetheless retained docile dealing with features round the provider deck. Pilots flying the Hellcat claimed approximately 5000 kills within the Pacific, and over 350 pilots accomplished ace prestige at the kind.
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