The F6F's capability for carrying bombs and rockets was widely utilized in air support of friendly ground forces as well as the destruction of enemy airfield installations and shipping, but it is best known for its role as a fighter. The Hellcat was credited with destroying 5,156 enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat (75% of all Navy aerial kills) with a kill ratio of 19:1. The first production F6F-3 took to the air in Oct, 1942 and by Jan, 16, 1943, operational F6F-3s were being delivered to the US Navy. More than 2500 joined the naval service in 1944 with production of the '3s' coming to a halt in the spring of 1944 when an improved version, the F6F-5 began to roll down the assembly lines. Form its first combat engagement, the Hellcat proved superior to its Japanese opponent and maintained this advantage right up to the end of the hostilities. Largely remembered for its exploits during the war in the Pacific, Hellcats served aboard many carriers of the US Pacific Fleet.
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Desktop Model Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Scale 1/32 Wing Span 16" Length 12-1/4"
This model is made of select kiln-dried
Philippine mahogany wood and comes with a stand.