|Armament:||6 X 0.5” machine guns or 2 X 20mm cannon; Up to 4,000 lbc. ordinance|
|Empty Weight:||9,238 lbs.|
|Gross Weight:||15,400 lbs.|
|Cruise Speed:||168 mph|
|Maximum Speed:||380 mph|
|Range:||1,500 miles with drop tank|
|Powerplant:||Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Double Wasp w/ 2-stage supercharger, 2,200 hp|
THIS AIRCRAFT IS ON LOAN FROM THE NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM, PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
Stable, rugged, fast and relatively easy to fly, the “Hellcat,” Grumman's successor to their famous “Wildcat,” was designed specifically to counter the nimble Japanese fighters of World War II. Although it did not enter active service until 1943, it was flown by the U.S. Navy and Marines and accounted for 75% of the Japanese aircraft shot down by the Navy during the war.
This example was based at the Navy Auxiliary Air Station, Santa Rosa, California, and later became a target drone.
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