Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
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:. The Grumman F6F Hellcat was originally conceived as a sophisticated version of the U.S. Navy’s then present front-line fighter, the F4F Wildcat (see NASM collection). The Wildcat’s designated replacement, the Vought F4U Corsair (see NASM collection), first flown in 1940, was revealing great guarantee, however development was slowed by issues, consisting of the crash of the model.
The National Air and Area Museum’s F6F-3 Hellcat, BuNo. 41834, was constructed at Grumman’s Bethpage, New york city, factory in February 1944 under agreement NOA-( S) 846. It was delivered to the Navy on February 7, and got here in San Diego, California, on the 18th. It was designated to Fighter Squadron 15 (VF-15) on USS Hornet (CV12) bound for Hawaii. On arrival, it was assigned to VF-3 where it sustained damage in a wheels-up landing at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After repair, it was designated to VF-83 where it was used in a training function till February 21, 1945. After many transfers 41834 was transformed to an F6F-3K target drone with the installation of sophisticated radio-control equipment. It was painted red with a pink tail that brought the number 14. Its mission was to be utilized in Operation Crossroads – the atomic bomb tests at Swimwear Atoll. It flew on June 24, 1946, with a pilot, on a practice flight and was released, unmanned, soon after the first bomb test. Instrumentation on board and photographic plates taped to the control stick gotten data on radioactivity. 3 more manned flights preceded the last unmanned flight on July 25, 1946, which evaluated the first undersea surge. Records show that exposure of this aircraft to the radioactive cloud was very little and residual radiation is minimal.
F6F-3K 41834 was transferred to NAS Norfolk and logged its last flight on March 25, 1947, with an overall of 430.2 flying hours. It was appointed to the National Air Museum on November 3, 1948, and remained at Norfolk up until October 4, 1960, when it was moved by barge to Washington and put in storage. In 1976 this Hellcat was loaned to the USS Yorktown Museum at Charleston, South Carolina. A shallow remediation was carried out at the museum, but because of the extreme environment and its bad condition the Hellcat was gone back to NASM on March 16, 1982. In 1983, it was sent out to Grumman Aerospace where a team of volunteers totally restored the airplane. In 1985, it was shipped back to the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland, and store. NASM’s F6F-3 Hellcat is scheduled to be displayed in the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in 2004.
Moved from the United States Navy.
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United States of America.
Total: 338 x 1021cm, 4092kg, 1304cm (11ft 1 1/16 in. x 33ft 5 15/16 in., 9021.2 lb., 42ft 9 3/8 in.).
Heavy armor plate, enhanced empennage, R-2800-10W engine, spring tabs on the ailerons (increased maneuverability), could carry rockets in addition to bombs.
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