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F6F Hellcat
Hellcats F6F-3, May 1943.jpg
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats in tricolor camouflage
Role Carrier-based fighter aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Grumman
First flight 26 June 1942
Introduction 1943
Retired 1960 Uruguayan Navy
Primary users United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Royal Navy
French Navy
Produced 1942–45
Number built 12,275
Unit cost $35,000 in 1945

The F6F Hellcat was a United States Navy fighter aircraft made by Grumman during World War II. I t first flew in 1942 and was introduced in 1943. It was supposed to be a little bit better than the F4F Wildcat, but became a big improvement. It was more powerful and could turn better. It was made to fight the Japanese A6M Zero. It was able to take off of aircraft carriers. It was also used by the navy as a "night fighter", which means that a radar was put on it so it could fly at night. During the war, it had the most aces fly it. It was retired in 1954.

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