Watch the World War II training film used to familiarize new navy pilots with the Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter live over the internet
How to Fly the Grumman F6F
"Appropriately named '"The Hellcat'!" (B&W 19:26)x-
A true workhorse fighter/bomber, faster and more durable than a Zero, easy to fly from a carrier and produced in great numbers, the Hellcat was the US Navy's number one weapon in securing air superiority over the Pacific.\
More Neat Hellcat Stuff See performance charts, cockpit photos, systems diagrams and more. These are excerpts from an original F6F pilot's manual.
Grumman F6F-5 Vital Statistics

Type: Single seat carrier-based fighter/bomber

Powerplant: one 2,000-hp (1492-kW)Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Double Wasp 18 cylinder radial piston engine


Maximum Speed:

386 mph (621km/h) at medium altitudes

324 mph (521 km/h) at sea level

Initial Climb: 3,410ft (1039 fm) per minute

Service Ceiling: 37,300 ft (11369m)

Range: 1,040miles (1674 km)


Empty: 9,153 lb (4152 kg)

Normal Take-off: 12,500 (5670 kg)

Max. Take-off: 15,413 (6991 kg)


Span: 42 ft 10 in (13.08m)

Length: 33 ft 7 in (10.23m)

Height:13ft 1 in (3.99m)

Wing Area: 334 sq ft (31.04m2)


6 X 0.5 (12.7mm) Browning machine guns, 400 rounds each

Bomb Load : Bombs:2,000 lb (1818 kg)

Rockets: 6 X 5-in (127mm) HVAR



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* Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (B&W, 1944)
Lieutenant "Jimmy Saunders" (Ronald Reagan) learns how to tell a P-40 from Japanese A6M Zero, the hard way. (That's a very angry Craig Stevens aka "Peter Gunn" on the receiving end.) Contains plenty of interesting info about what US pilots were told about Japan's most produced and feared fighter and how to spot it. Includes seldom seen footage of a captured Zero doing spectacular aerobatics.
*Spins & Stalls (B&W, 1944) Why they happen & what to do about them.  F6F, F4U & more.
* Don't Kill Your Friends -- Range Safety for fixed gun aircraft (B&W, 1944) New The "Don't be a Dilbert" warning and character was featured on a wide variety of posters promoting safety. A nice feature of this film is a good look inside and outside the Navy F4F/FM carrier fighters used in training. In this humorous, yet deadly serious US Navy training film, Dilbert fearlessly provides a string of negative examples of what not to do during aerial gunnery practice.
* A high resolution reproduction of a 60 page F6F pilot's manual -- contains photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
Grumman F6F Hellcat