I really enjoyed the stubby-winged
Grumman fighter. Although the cockpit
After some field carrier landings at a
process as I made my mandatory eight
Hellcat: Grumman’s Aerial Assassin
F6F- 5 HELLCAT SpECS
Length: 33 ft. 7 in.
Wingspan: 42 ft. 10 in.
Height: 13 ft. 1 in.
Weight (empty): 9,238 lb.
Weight (loaded): 12,598 lb.
Weight (max. takeoff): 15,415 lb.
Fuel capacity: 250 gal. internal; up to
3 x 150 gal. external drop tanks
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W
“Double Wasp” two-row radial engine
with a two-speed two-stage supercharger, 2,200hp
propellers: 3-blade Hamilton Standard,
13 ft. 1 in. diameter
Speed (max.): 391mph
Speed (stall): 84mph
Service ceiling: 37,300 ft.
Rate of climb: 3,500 ft./min.
Guns: 6 x .50-caliber M2 Browning machine guns, with 400 rounds per gun; or
2 AN/M2 cannon, with 225 rounds per
gun, and 4 x .50-caliber Browning machine guns, with 400 rounds per gun
Rockets: 6 x 5-inch HVARs
Bombs: 2 x 1,000-lb.; or 4 x 500-lb.; or
8 x 250-lb.
F6F-5s are parked forward
after landing on USS Essex.
(Photo courtesy of Stan Piet)
“As fAr As I wAs concerned, the hellcAt not only plAyed A mAjor role In the
pAcIfIc but Also hAd A long-term effect on me personAlly: becAuse It wAs so
tough, It kept me AlIve And let me leAd whAt turned out to be A terrIfIc lIfe.”