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F6F Hellcat In Action

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Flown by both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the rugged and deadly Grumman F6F Hellcat was a heavily-armed fighter capable of operating from aircraft carriers or land bases. This In Action series book traces the development and combat roles of the Hellcat with photographs and technical specs.

Expanded edition with more photos, updated content and 20 extra pages. During WWII, the US Navy needed a powerful fighter to counter the Japanese Zero. After their debut in combat in early 1943, Hellcats scored more than 5,000 confirmed kills with a 19:1 kill ratio. The folding-wing aircraft were capable of operating from carriers or land. Some were equipped with radar for night combat. The heavily armed fighters could pack armament including six wing-mounted .50-caliber machine guns, 20mm cannons, wing-mounted rockets, and a bomb rack. Flown by both the US Navy and Marine Corps, the aircraft was also employed by the British Fleet Air Arm during WWII. France also made use of the aircraft after the war, employing it during the Indochina conflict in the early 1950s. In US service after WWII, remote-controlled versions of the aircraft were used to test atomic bomb blasts and as flying bombs.

Pages: 80
Size: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: MMD-Squadron Signal
ISBN: 9780897478083
Product Code: SS808