IXO models 1:72 DDIJ016 Grumman F6F Hellcat USN VF-25, USS Santee, 1945.
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The Grumman F6F Hellcat started as an improved F4F Wildcat, but turned into a completely new design resembling the Wildcat but with no shared parts. The Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair were the primary U.S. Navy carrier fighters in the 2nd half of WWII.
The Hellcat proved to be the most successful aircraft in naval history, destroying 5,171 aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (5,163 in the Pacific and eight more during the invasion of Southern France), plus 52 with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during World War II. Postwar, the Hellcat aircraft was systematically phased out of front line service, but finally retired as late as 1954 as a night-fighter in composite squadrons.
Grumman F6F Hellcat was developed by Grumman to combat the Japanese Zero, the carrier-based F6F Hellcat was first flown on June 26, 1942. The Hellcat was a far more potent force than its predecessor, the Wildcat. It had increased fuel capacity, a low-mounted wing, wide landing gear, strengthened cockpit armor plating, and increased ammunition capacity. The big Double Wasp engine was set three degrees off the center axis, giving the aircraft a tail-down attitude in flight. Pilots' stories of "mostly holes where the airplane used to be" underscore the Hellcat's ability absorb unbelievable punishment and still return to the ship.
Weight: 1.00 kg