Kept well under wraps even after the Truman Committee's report disclosed that it had been put into production, the Navy now has released general descriptions and photographs on the Grumman F6F Hellcat. The information followed successes of the new fighter during the recent carrier-borne raid on Japanese-held Marcus Island, 1,185 mi southeast of Tokyo.
Except for the fact that the Pratt & Whitney-powered F6F "is in the 400-mph class," is the Navy's "speediest, most maneuverable fighter," and is adaptable for either land-based or carrier operation, performance and design details continued restricted, since none of its type has yet fallen into enemy hands.
In appearance, the F6F greatly resembles its predecessor type the Grumman F4F Wildcat which in the Pacific area has achieved a combat record of better than ten to one against Jap Zeros and bombers.
This article was originally published in a "Flying Equipment" feature in the October, 1943, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 42, no 10, p 223.
The original article includes 3 photos.
Photos are not credited.