F6F-3 Grumman Hellcat “Weekend Edition” from Eduard
The F6F-3 Grumman Hellcat was a World War II-era carrier-based fighter aircraft designed and built by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. It was one of the most successful fighters of the war, and it played a significant role in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
The F6F-3 was introduced in 1943 and was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine, which gave it a top speed of over 380 mph (610 km/h). It was armed with six .50 caliber machine guns and could carry up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg) of bombs or rockets.
The Hellcat was renowned for its ruggedness, ease of maintenance, and excellent maneuverability at high speeds. It also had a reputation for being able to take significant damage and still bring its pilot home safely. Its combat record was exceptional, with over 5,000 enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat, making it the most successful US Navy fighter of the war.