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Grumman F6F-5 | by John C. Lamarck
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Grumman F6F-5

Probably the last user of the Hellcat was the Uruguyan Servicio Aeronautica de la Marina, which kept its last F6F-5s in front line service until 1961. The Dash-5 had spring-tab ailerons, more armour, improved cowling and, like some -3s, no windows behind the canopy. This one gets 6 rockets and a dropable belly tank.

 

About this build :

I wanted an original scheme, not an all dark blue WWII Hellcat so I found out this one with a white belly. The landing gear is fixed but propeller and wheels roll perfectly. The structure is very sturdy.

 

Unit: Escuela de Especializacion Aeronaval

Serial: A-401

Year : 1952

Pilot : Hugo Martini

 

Some history here of the gato del inferno (in spanish language):

www.pilotoviejo.com/hellcathistory.htm

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Taken on November 12, 2020