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The Grumman Hellcat was designed from the beginning to take back the skies over the Pacific from the Japanese Zero. Though not as maneuverable as the smaller Zero, the Hellcat's speed and firepower usually won the day.

Successor to the Grumman Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat fighter plane made history in 1942 when it  decisively whipped the Japanese aircraft carrier based fighters opposing it in the Pacific  during WWII. In addition to its duty as a carrier-based fighter, the Hellcat served  with the U.S. Marine Corps as a potent fighter-bomber.

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Grumman F6F Hellcat Manual

Grumman F6F Hellcat Manual
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Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions Reprint of the Navy manual on flying the F6F. Includes descriptions of the plane and its systems as well as operating instructions. Caution: This publication shall not be carried in aircraft on combat missions or when there is a reasonable chance of its falling into the hands of the enemy! 60 pgs., heavily illustrated with photos, charts and diagrams. 8½"x 11".
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F6F Hellcat in Action
F6F Hellcat in Action
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Sullivan & Scrivner. This heavily illustrated book examines the carrier-based F6F Hellcat - designed to counter the Japanese Zero - in World War II, from its initial development through its 1943 introduction into U.S. Navy service, its achievement of 5,000 combined kills (with a 19-to-1 victory ratio), and the development of later variants used to test atomic bomb blasts and to serve as flying bombs. 60 pages; 100 photographs, color profiles and detailed line drawings; 11"x 8¼"; softcover.     #0030293     Price: $14.95
F6F Hellcat at War

F6F Hellcat at War
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Graff. This heavily illustrated book examines the F6F Hellcat - the most successful fighter in naval history, with more than 5,000 air-to-air kills in the Pacific and the highest kill/loss ratio of any American fighter plane of World War II - from its design and development through its first action in September, 1943; its service with the British Fleet Air Arm; its part in the invasion of southern France; and its ongoing achievements to war's end. 160 pages, B&W and color photographs and illustrations, 8¼"x 10½", softcover.
#0019217
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The First Hellcat Ace

The First Hellcat Ace
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McWhorter & Stout. These are the recollections of Cdr. Hamilton McWhorter III, USN (Ret.), a Hellcat ace who flew first in North Africa then flew from the USS Essex, from which he shot down 12 Japanese aircraft. He was the U.S. Navy's first Hellcat ace, and his story is riveting! 248 pages, 41 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.
#0006047

Price: $29.95

Stars of the Sky, Legends All

Stars of the Sky, Legends All
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Illustrated Histories of Women Aviation Pioneers
Cooper. This book presents 50 fascinating profiles of female pilots, bringing their personalities, their passion for flying and their legendary experiences to vibrant life. You'll read about the first female aircraft designer, the first woman to fly solo around the world, a daredevil skywriter, an Eskimo bush pilot, a Hellcat test pilot, a golden age air racer, and many others. 160 pages, 170 color and B&W illustrations and photographs, 9¼"x 10¾", softcover.
#0019194
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Grumman F6F Hellcat

Grumman F6F Hellcat
Naval Fighters Vol. 92
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Meyer & Ginter. Co-written by F6F test pilot Corky Meyer, this heavily-illustrated volume presents the full developmental and operational history of the Grumman F6F Hellcat, which achieved a remarkable kill-to-loss ratio of 19-to-1 in the skies over the Pacific in World War II. You'll learn about the XF6F prototype; the first production Hellcat, the F6F-3; photo-recon variants; night fighters; the improved F6F-5; and more, with technical details and combat histories for each. 224 pages, B&W photographs throughout, 8½"x 11", softcover.
#0020139
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Son of a Preacher

Son of a Preacher
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A Hellcat Ace's Memoirs, Hargreaves. The author, an ace in a day, served with VF-2, VF-18, and VF-27 during WWII. Combining research from historical references, battle reports, newspaper clippings, his personal notes and diaries and other sources, this book presents an historically significant yet highly personal chronicle of VF-2's remarkable, record-setting Naval service aboard the USS Hornet. 362 pgs., B&W photos, 6"x 9", hdbd.
#0010061

Price: $29.95

Fighter Pilot

Fighter Pilot
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The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu.
Boomhower. This biography examines the incredible World War II exploits of U.S. Navy 19-victory ace Alex Vraciu. You'll read about his experiences flying the F6F Hellcat, in which he shot down six Japanese dive-bombers in eight minutes on June 19, 1944; sank a large Japanese merchant ship with a well-placed bomb; was shot down over the Philippines in December, 1944; and more. You'll even read about the five weeks he spent fighting alongside Filipino guerillas! 170 pages, B&W photographs, 7"x 8¾", hardcover.
#0010336         Price: $17.95

Portals Into the SkyPortals Into the Sky
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A Collection of Vintage Cockpit Photographs.
Cilio. This photo-history takes you into the cockpit of vintage airplanes to view the instruments and controls.

You'll enter the Aeronca Champion, Beechchraft Bonanza Model 35, Bellanca Skyrocket, Boeing B-17 and B-24, Cesnna 172 Skyhawk, Convair 340, de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, McDonnell Douglas DC-3 and -6, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Hughes H-4 Hercules, Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Constellation, North American P-51 Mustang, Northrop P-61, Piper J-3 Cub, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Sikorsky S-38, Stinson 108, and many others. 112 pages, 160 B&W photographs and illustrations, 11"x 8¼", softcover     #0049541     Price: $25.95

 

Victory Roll!

Victory Roll!
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The American Fighter Pilot and Aircraft in World War II. William Wolf. This is the story of America's "best and brightest," from the early-war young men who were hastily trained and flying inferior aircraft such as the P-39, F2A and F4F, to the well-trained, late-war pilots in their F4Us, F6Fs, P-47s, P-38s and finally, P-51s. You'll learn the key role this generation of young Americans played before they took their place in American society and industry. 456 pgs., 670+ B&W photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.
#0005817

Price: $59.95

The Hostile Sky

The Hostile Sky
A Hellcat Flyer in the Pacific
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Vernon. In the summer of 1942, Jim Vernon joined the U.S. Navy's aviation cadet training program and by the spring of 1945 he was flying F6F Hellcats from the USS Ticonderoga off the coast of Japan. This memoir of his years at war provides a carrier pilot's view of the conflict in the Pacific during the final months of the war when the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan capitulated. 176 pages, 25 B&W photographs, 5"x 8", hardcover.
#0005933

Price: $28.95

Hellcat

Hellcat
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The F6F in World War II Tillman. The complete documented history of the Grumman F6F, the most important Allied aircraft in the Pacific during 1943-44. The Hellcat accounted for 5,203 enemy kills for the loss of only 270. Here is the full story of the Hellcat - the men who built and tested it, the squadrons that flew it and the heroes it created, based on extensive interviews with dozens of F6F pilots and squadron records. Heavily illustrated with excellent photos of the planes and air combat. 280 pgs., 75 photos, 6"x 9", sfbd.
#0003352

Price: $18.95

 

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Grumman F6F Hellcat

Grumman F6F Hellcat

Aero Detail Vol. 17

A detailed photo essay on the F6F Hellcat, including both period photos and over 225 color photos of modern restorations. Engineering drawings, cutaways, 3-view drawings - they're all here. This is the ultimate technical reference for the F6F. 85 pgs., 10"x 10", sfbd.

F6F Hellcat Walk AroundF6F Hellcat Walk Around
Dann. The author describes the Hellcat as the first carrier "strike fighter" since it was able to deal both with the Japanese air threat and also project power in its air-to-ground role. This is a detailed photo essay of this important aircraft including both period and modern photos of impeccably restored examples. 80 pgs., 170 color and B&W photos, 20 color profiles. 11"x 8¼", sfbd.
F6F Hellcat
F6F Hellcat
In Detail & Scale Vol. 49
Kinzey. The Hellcat was the main shipboard fighter of the U.S. Navy for the last two years of the Pacific War. Powered by the Pratt and Whitney R-2800 engine, its high performance and maneuverability allowed it to outperform the Mitsubishi A6M Zero that it was designed to fight. In this newly expanded edition, internal and external photos, engineering drawings, cutaways and more show you all the details of this important aircraft. 80 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.
The Blue Devils

The Blue Devils
US Navy & Marine Corps Aces of World War II
Styling & Tillman. When America plunged into war after the attack on Pearl Harbor, naval aviators flying from Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers held the line, later joined by their Marine counterparts. The exploits of the Wildcat, Hellcat and Corsair aces are detailed in this exhaustive volume combining Aircraft of the Aces volumes 3, 8 and 10. 288 pages, 292 B&W photographs, 119 color illustrations, 7¾"x 10¼", hardcover.

 

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The Grumman Hellcat was designed from the beginning to take back the skies over the Pacific from the Japanese Zero. Though not as maneuverable as the smaller Zero, the Hellcat's speed and firepower usually won the day.

Successor to the Grumman Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat made history in 1942 when it  decisively whipped the Japanese aircraft carrier based fighters opposing it in the Pacific during WW2. In addition to its duty as a aircraft carrier-based fighter, the Hellcat served  with the U.S. Marine Corps as a potent fighter-bomber.

In the summer of 1942, Jim Vernon joined the U.S. Navy's aviation cadet training program and by the spring of 1945 he was flying F6F Hellcats from the USS Ticonderoga off the coast of Japan. This memoir of his years at war provides a carrier pilot's view of the conflict in the Pacific during the final months of the war when the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan capitulated.

James H. "Jimmy" Flatley, who rose to the rank of Vice Admiral after World War II, helped introduce the F6F Hellcat into combat in 1943. Replicating the F6F-3 Hellcat, "White 00," that he flew as Commander of Air Group 5 on the USS Yorktown in May of 1943.

On November 19, 1943, Lt. (jg) Hamilton McWhorter III, operating off the USS Essex, downs a Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bomber to become the first pilot to claim five victories in the Grumman F6F Hellcat.

Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10 Airplane Engines

Since 1946, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron has taken performance flying to new levels.

"Blue Angel Number One," Roy M. "Butch" Voris, this limited  edition print features a wonderful depiction of his Grumman F6F Hellcat that he flew  as Officer-in-Charge of the first Navy Flight Exhibition Team - the Blue Angels. His wartime accomplishments and flight team history are all here.

F4U Corsair and F6F Hellcat versus the Japanese A6M Zero, the 617 Squadron "Dambusters" Operation Chastise bombing raids, B-24s on the Ploesti mission, the battle for the Island of Malta, the air war over the battlefields of the Kursk Salient between Russian and German aces.

Navy fighter piloted by  Commander David McCampbell, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who shot  down 34 Japanese aircraft in one tour of duty, including nine enemy planes in one  mission - an unparalleled achievement in American fighter aviation.

F6F-5 "Minsi II," flown by the Air Group Commander of VF-15 (Fabled Fifteen) off the aircraft carrier "Essex." Here, Commander David McCampbell is engaged with Japanese aircraft over the Philippines  on October 24, 1944. Commander McCampbell and his wingman intercepted 60 enemy  aircraft en route to an attack on the U.S. Fleet, and in the ensuing fight he shot  down nine of the enemy and forced them to abandon their attack.

Naval fighter piloted by Lt. H. "Mac" McWorther III, the first Hellcat ace who ultimately scored 12 victories.

Cdr.  Hamilton McWhorter III, USN (Ret.), a Hellcat ace who flew first in North Africa then  flew from the USS Essex, from which he shot down 12 Japanese aircraft. He was the U.S. Navy's first Hellcat ace.

post-WWII era craft of the Blue Angels' first flight leader, Lt. Cmdr. Roy  "Butch" Voris.

VF-6 Hellcat piloted by Lt. (JG) Alexander Vraciu who, just weeks after leaving VF-6 for VF-16, shot down an amazing total of six Japanese "Judy" dive bombers during what came to be known as The Marianas Turkey Shoot   He shot down a total of six Japanese "Judy" dive bombers in a period of only eight minutes…

Replicating Gadget, the F6F Hellcat flown by 19-victory ace Lt. Alexander Vraciu - the U.S. Navy's fourth-leading ace of all time - with VF-6 in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

F6F Hellcat pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. David McCampbell departs the USS Essex during the Marianas Turkey Shoot.  The Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II.  Tillman. In June, 1944, American and Japanese carrier fleets both hoped to take control of the vital Marianas Islands - and when they met, their engagement escalated into the most spectacular aircraft carrier battle in history.  The battle in which more than 300 Japanese aircraft were destroyed.

VF-27 markings of Lt. Carl Brown, who flew from the USS Princeton in October 1944.

Preparing to attack a Japanese force of 60 aircraft over the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944, Cmdr. David McCampbell and his wingman Lt. Roy Rushing are about to fly their F6F Hellcats into history by splashing 15 enemy aircraft, including nine by McCampbell.

F6F Hellcat flown from the USS Santee (CVE-29) in 1945

 804 Squadron markings from the Pacific campaign of 1945

The N1K2-J Shiden-Kai "George" flown by CPO Shoichi Sugita of the 343rd Kokutai  claims four F6F Hellcats and another three probable's during the shredding of an unsuspecting and overconfident carrier strike group near Kure on March 19, 1945.

Though production of the Hellcat ceased shortly after the end of World War II, some aircraft - such as this one flown by the French Navy over Indochina in 1953 - remained in service for years.

U.S. Navy's VU-1/VC Utility Squadron from Hawaii, 1959

Radar-equipped night fighter with a wing-mounted AN/APS-6 radar flown by 12-victory ace Lt. William E. Henry, who was executive officer of VF(N)-41 squadron on the USS Independence in 1944 and the top U.S. Navy night fighter ace of World War II with 6½ nighttime victories.

 

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