Grumman's F6F Hellcat was arguably the most important product of the Ironworks during the war. The plane was the subject of a Design Analysis article in the June, 1945 issue of Industrial Aviation. A draft of that article [ PDF, 16.2 MiB ], [ HTML ], is available. The PDF includes the foldout of the color phantom rendering.
A version of the color foldout has been reproduced as wallpaper files.
Because of the similarity and direct lineage of the planes, material on the F4F Wildcat is included on this page.
As part of their advertising campaigns for the Wildcat Grumman produced several two-page narrative comic strips:
- August, 1943: "US Marines flying Grumman Wildcats sink big Jap cruiser off Wake Island."
- September, 1943: "Off Guadalcanal Grumman Wildcats sink Jap destroyers with machine guns only."
- "Remember Wake Island!" [ HTML ] is primarily the story of Marine Fighting Squadron 211 and their 12 F4F Wildcats.
- "Grumman F6F Hellcat Scores in Combat" [ HTML ] is a short introduction to the Hellcat.
- "The Hellcat is a Lady" [ HTML ] describes the background and functions of the Hellcat, with a portion of design analysis.
- "Hellcat" [ HTML ] is another short introduction article.
- "New Wings over America" [ HTML ] introduces the F6F and the XC-47C amphibian. The article relates the anecdote that Republic test pilots in P-47s and Grumman test pilots in F6Fs liked to dogfight over Long Island while testing their planes.
- "Captured: One Junkers
" [ HTML ] includes a photo of a Martlet I (export F4F-2) in flight, seen from 9 o'clock high.
- The "Have You Seen?" section for July, 1941, shows a Martlet I (RAF version of F4F Wildcat) in flight, seen from 2 o'clock high.
- A Norma-Hoffman Bearings Corp ad features a photo of a Grumman F4F-3 in flight, seen from 2 o'clock, in close.
- A Grumman ad, "Fighting Squadrons Up!", has a photo of an F4F-3 in flight, seen from 2 o'clock.
- A Grumman ad, "V , shows an F4F-3 in flight, seen from 2 o'clock, flying over a convoy at sea.
- "War in the Air" [ HTML ] includes a photo of three Martlets flying in close formation, seen from 3 o'clock.
- A Grumman ad, "Wildcat", shows a Wildcat from 2 o'clock; probably more interesting is the picture of two Lexington-class carriers, seen from above midships starboard.
- A Pratt & Whitney front-cover ad, "Wildcats in Action", is a color painting of F4Fs in combat with two-engined Japanese bombers.
- A Grumman ad, "Well done, Wildcat", shows an F4F-3 on a flight deck, seen from 2 o'clock.
- An Aeronca ad, "Ode to Mr Moto", shows a drawing of a Wildcat doing a wingover; view is from near the right wing tip.
- A BF Goodrich ad, "BF Goodrich Plane of the month, Grumman Wildcat", features a color painting of a Wildcat, seen from 2 o'clock low.
- A Fafnir Ball Bearings ad, "Her's a Kitty the Japs don't like!", shows a photo of a Wildcat seen from 10 o'clock high.
- A Grumman ad, "Zero hour for Zeros", shows three F4Fs from 3 o'clock low.
- A photo shows a Wildcat on hardstand, preparing to taxi. View is from 4 o'clock high, close in.
- A Gallery color photo, "Specialists This typical Navy pilot, with his Wildcat, have specialized in exterminating Japs in the Pacific.", shows the nose of a weathered F4F, with the pilot standing on the wing.
- A Gallery color photo shows an F4F in flight seen from 2 o'clock.
- A Grumman ad, "
we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea
", shows a Wildcat on the ground, seen from 10 o'clock close, and one in the air, seen from 3 o'clock low.
- "Marine Might" is a four-image Gallery including a Wildcat in flight, seen from 10 o'clock.
- "Marine Wings" is a four-image Gallery including a photo of two F4Fs seen from 9 o'clock low.
- A Gallery color photo, "Prowling 'Cats An unusual photograph of a squadron of Navy Grumman Wildcats in battle formation" shows 8 Wildcats, foreground plane seen from 10 o'clock low.
- A Gallery color photo, "The veteran Grumman Wildcat still is the standard fighter on CVEs" shows four Wildcats in echelon right; view is generally 10 o'clock.
- A Pratt & Whitney color front cover ad, Hellcat in Action", features a color painting of Hellcats in formation, seen from 1 o'clock.
- "Grumman F6F Hellcat Scores in Combat" [ HTML ] includes photos:
- First flight pictures of Grumman F6F Hellcat, Navy's "speediest, most maneuverable" fighter. Navy reports indicate Hellcat, with "its Pratt & Whitney engine and improved design, has emphatically indicated in its tests that it will, on equal terms, fight any fighter in the skies today."
- Close-up of Grumman Hellcat, which is adaptable for either carrier- or land-based operations. It is termed an all-altitude fighter with exceptional maneuverability to highest combat ceilings.
- The Flying color front cover for December, 1943, shows the lefthand nose and wing root, with pilot, of a Hellcat on a flightline.
- "Hellcat" [ HTML ] includes"
- A Romec Pump Co ad, "Rarin' to Ride with Romec", features a photo of an F6F on the ground, showing the righthand nose and wing root, prop, landing gear and pilot.
- A BF Goodrich ad, "BF Goodrich Plane of the month, Grumman Hellcat", features a color painting of two Hellcats.
- A Winchester ad "Winchester Radiator Tubes help keep Hellcats cool for hot pilots", features a photo of an F6F in flight, seen from 10 o'clock high.
- The front cover of the December, 1943 January, 1944, issue of Air News features a color photo of a Hellcat in flight, seen from 2 o'clock. Plane is in blue-over-grey livery, has star-and-bar with red surround insigne. The photo looks to have been touched up.
- A US Rubber ad, "Fighters Away! on lighter, stronger tires", is a photo showing the nose and left wing of a Hellcat on a carrier deck, with another seen from below flying in the background.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcats in Action off Saipan", is a painting of Hellcats flying in formation over a warship; view is from 11 o'clock.
- A Gallery color photo, "Deck crew pushes a Hellcat into position to be warmed up", shows deck crew working a Hellcat with wings folded, seen from 9 o'clock high.
- A Gallery color photo, "The Jap airman fears the Grumman Hellcat more than any carrier-based type", shows two F6Fs in formation, seen from 10 o'clock.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcats Poised for Action", is a color painting of two Hellcats flying in formation over a warship, with a coastline in the background.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcats Escorts of the Sky", is a color painting of three Hellcats, seen from 11 o'clock, with a flight of B-25s in the background.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcat Completes a Mission", is a color painting of an F6F with a sinking carrier in the background.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcats on Combat Patrol", is a color painting of F6Fs flying CAP over a US carrier.
- The March, 1945, Flying featured a foldout color phantom rendering of an F6F-5.
- A foldout photo montage from Flying, March, 1945, features five photos of an F6F and a view of a British Hellcat cockpit.
- A Grumman ad, "US Carrier Launches Navy's Grumman Hellcats", is a color painting of a Hellcat taking off from a carrier deck.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcats Return from a Raid", is a color painting of a Hellcat landing on a carrier deck.
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Night Fighters Hit Tokyo", is a color painting of F6F-5Ns in an action scene.
The June, 1945, Industrial Aviation Design Analysis article included:
- A Grumman ad, "US Navy's Grumman Hellcats 'On Target'" is a color painting of a Hellcat equipped with rockets and dropping bombs, with mountains in the background.
- A Grumman ad, "Rugged Construction of the US Navy's Grumman Hellcat Helped Bring This Pilot Back to Fight Again", is a color painting of a burning Hellcat coming in to land on a carrier deck.
- "Aviation's Sketchbook of Design Detail" for October, 1946, had two detail drawings: