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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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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
AH, THE IMMORTAL HELLCAT!! It achieved a kill ratio of 12 to 1.
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
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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BowtiesRcool11 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
A japanes zero was faster but the Hellcat could bank turns that the Zeros couldn't keep up with, forcing them to fly slower.
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
The A6M has a published top speed of 326 mph. The Hellcat, 380 mph.
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BowtiesRcool11 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
was it the hellcat, I was thinking about something else, a fighter bomber, fat body. different.

Fat bodied fighter bomber with thick wings and can bank a turn the Zero cannot keep up with?
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
WILDcat, my friend. F4F Wildcat. The predecessor to the Hellcat. Smaller engine. Slower.
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caniswolfe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Over 180-240 mph, on the deck, the Wildcat would easily out maneuver a zero. Couldn't climb, not turn with one below 180mph. But over 180, and down low, Wildcats had a superior turn radius. The Zero had awful problems turning at high speeds above 180mph. Wildcats (like the M4 Sherman) are truly underrated fighters. 
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BowtiesRcool11 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
it could outbank a zero though but only a few pilots at the time knew that, I saw it somewhere, don't remember where?
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caniswolfe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amen. 
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not to nit-pick, but how the hell do you get half a kill?
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