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The Ace Maker by markkarvon The Ace Maker by markkarvon
The Grumman F6F Hellcat was the US Navy's answer to the superb Japanese A6M Zero during WWII. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney, 2000 HP radial engine and armed with 6 .50 cal machine guns, the Hellcat was all muscle. Flown from aircraft carriers, the type quickly proved dominant in the Pacific over it's Japanese counterparts. Racking up an impressive 19:1 kill ratio, the Hellcat became known as "the Ace Maker". This print depicts the Navy's all time leading ace, David McCampbell. "Minsi III" was an F6F-5 Hellcat David McCampbell flew in which he scored the last 23-1/2 of his 34 victories.
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:icondemondogmarine1960:
AH, THE IMMORTAL HELLCAT!! It achieved a kill ratio of 12 to 1.
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:icongrummancat:
The Hellcat episode of "Wings" (also known as "Great Planes" in the UK) quotes a kill ratio of 19-1. If I had to go to war in WW2, this is what I'd want to be in!
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CaptainPrower Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not to nit-pick, but how the hell do you get half a kill?
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:icongrummancat:
I think you can also be awarded half a kill if you damaged an aircraft but no witnesses saw it actually crash. Otherwise known as a 'probable'.
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markkarvon Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
When two airplanes did the shoot-down.
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CaptainPrower Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So it's like when you get a kill assist in a video game?
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lawntig3r Oct 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
YeehAW! Hell yeah! :D
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johnwickart May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another one of your fine works, Mark.
I have seen a couple of these fantastic machines at airshows. Almost a 20 to 1 kill ratio. Unbelievable.
Nice job.

For Christmas I got an intake valve from a Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp still in its box from WWII. I use it as a paper weight on my desk.
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markkarvon May 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks John. I have never seen a Hellcat fly in person. I have seen Mustangs and Bearcats. That intake valve sound cool.
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RenerDeCastro Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE the Hellcat. And I actually prefer it over the F4U Corsair.
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