F-6F Hellcat Specifications

 
The Grumman F6F Hellcat was produced by Grumman Aerospace to improve upon the F4F Wildcat for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The F6F was the second largest single engine fighter of World War II, only slightly smaller than the P-47 Thunderbolt. In the hands of capable Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots, it was credited with destroying over 5,000 enemy aircraft for a 19-to-1 loss ratio, and produced many Aces.
f6f formation
USN photo, courtesy of The Tailhook Association
 
  • F-6F - Single seat pursuit fighter
  • First flight - June 26, 1942 (XF6F-1)
  • Total production - F6F-3 (4,403), F6F-5 (7,870)
  • Powerplant - Single 2,000-horsepower
    18-cylinder, Pratt and Whitney R-2800-10W
    air cooled radial engine
  • Climb rate to 14,000 ft. – 6 minutes, 42 seconds
  • Armament - six .50-caliber M2 Browning machine guns
    a 2,000 lb. bomb load, or six 5-inch rockets
  • Wingspan - 42 ft. 10 in. (13.1 m)
  • Length - 33 ft., 7 in. (10.2 m)
  • Height - 13 ft., 1 in. (4.0 m)
  • Wing area - 334 sq. ft. (30.7 m2)
  • Weight - 9,238 lb. empty
  • Maximum takeoff weight – 15,413 lb.
  • Maximum speed - 380 mph at 23,400 ft.
  • Ceiling - 37,300 ft.
  • Range - 945 miles
 
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