Chino Airshow 2006
Grumman F6F Hellcat

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.

The Hellcat below is a 1944 F6F-5 registered to Pond Warbirds in Palm Springs.

The Hellcat below is an F6F-3 that is owned and operated by the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino. In the last 3 shots, the aircraft had a landing gear problem on Saturday that had all of us concerned. The gear at first did not fully retract. Then one gear was down and the other was partially retracted, a bad situation. Fortunately, they got it sorted out and he came around with both gear down and locked for a safe landing.

Chino Airshow, 2006 Index


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