The F6F Hellcat was
designed as a replacement for the F4F Wildcat. Using lessons
learned from previous carrier-based fighters, the Hellcat was
developed quickly. More armor plating was added to the
airplane as well as a bigger ammunition load than the Wildcat.
The Hellcat carried 6 .50 caliber machine guns. This F6F is
operated by the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative
Air Force (CAF). It is painted in the colors of Commander
David McCampbell, the leading US Navy ace of WWII, with 34
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