Bismarck & Tirpitz

British Aircraft Involved - Fighters

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
Nationality American
Aircraft Type Carrier and landbased naval fighter
First Flight June 1942
Entered Service August 1943
Crew 1
Notes Equipped 14 FAA squadrons
Powerplant One 2.000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-1OW
Speed 611 km/h at 7.312 m; Cruise 270 km/h
Range 1.520 km
Service Ceiling 11.369 m
Wingspan 13,5 m
Wing Area 31,03 m²
Length 10,23 m
Height 3,99 m
Empty Weight 4.190 kg
Maximum Take Off Weight 6.991 kg
Guns Six fixed forward firing 0,5in Browning wing guns or 20 mm cannon plus four 0,5 in guns with
Bombs etc 2.000 lb bombload or six rockets
Hellcat I RAF equivalent F6F-3. 252 lendlease, initial production model
Hellcat II NF.II, RAF equivalent of F6F-5, 5n. 930 lendlease, redesigned cowliong, provision for rockets or bombs, also nightfighter version (N)