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blueridgeTiger
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On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
The Grumman F6F Hellcat took to the skies for the first time.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/xRZ89vG.gif


The Hellcat was designed and produced at an accelerated pace. The first flight by a prototype took place on the 26th of June 1942, and by August 1943 is was being deployed in the Pacific.

From the moment it entered service, the Hellcat swung battles in the Americans’ favor. The first large air battle fought by Hellcats took place on the 4th of December 1943, in the Kwajalein area. 91 Hellcats fought 50 Mitsubishi A6M Zeros, one of Japan’s most successful fighters of the war. The Hellcats shot down 28 of the enemy planes and only lost two of their own.

The Hellcat was a favorite of US Navy air aces – men who had shot down five or more enemy aircraft. Lt. Alex Vraciu defeated 19 enemy planes in a Hellcat, six of them during one eight-minute dogfight. Lt. Bill Hardy earned his ace status in a single sortie in a Hellcat, when he destroyed five Japanese planes in 70 minutes on the 6th of April 1945.

The Hellcat was arguably the most successful aircraft-based fighter that America ever produced. Over the course of World War Two, Hellcats claimed 75% of the kills by US Navy pilots, despite not arriving until over a year and a half into the war. They destroyed more than 19 enemy aircraft for every Hellcat lost.


A good friend of my dad's, George Raines Carr, was a double ace flying a Hellcat off the USS Essex. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his exploits in the Battle of the Philippine Sea (often called the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot). The municipal airport at Bogalusa is named in his honor.
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Your name isn't rolltide1987.


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marcnbc
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
in 1898....the saltiest of old salty ba$tards was born....Happy Heavenly Birthday Chesty!

Semper Fi

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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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in 1898....the saltiest of old salty ba$tards was born....Happy Heavenly Birthday Chesty!

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Semper Fi


Semper Fi indeed!

Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are!

Kill!


udtiger
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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The municipal airport at Bogalusa is named in his honor


For now.


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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Grumman was a GREAT company. They were known for building legendary naval aircraft.

It’s a shame they fell into mismanagement in the early 90’s and had to merge with Northrop


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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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Grumman was a GREAT company. They were known for building legendary naval aircraft.

Also built the Apollo Lunar Excursion Modules (LEM)
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lsuroadie
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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Hellcat


helluva of a fighter plane


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salty1
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Also, happy late birthday to this badass...

Herman H. Hanneken


Semper Fi!
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jamiegla1
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chinhoyang
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Dad flew the F6F, said it was a great plane to fly.


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LSUJD_04
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Why would they change the name?


Darth_Vader
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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My grandpa in the Pacific

Image: https://i.postimg.cc/CMbRJySG/1-F43-A1-D0-C3-F8-441-A-A8-C0-E6514476-FA20.jpg





That’s cool. BTW, those are Wildcats, the plane the Hellcat replaced.

Here’s a model of one I built not too terribly long ago…

Image: https://i.imgur.com/MoI2Xj7.jpg
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udtiger
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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Why would they change the name?


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cwil177
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Cool pic thanks for sharing


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Darth_Vader
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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Why would they change the name?


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Plus he’s an American hero. Leftists can’t have that. Anything that represents the good in America has to be done away with. Leftists believe in deconstructionism, namely that all the established traditional pillars of American society must be undermined and eventually done away with so the leftist dream of a Socialist/Marxist state can be realized in America.


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jamiegla1
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
Ahh thanks. I couldn’t keep up with the planes he flew and honestly have a hard time telling the difference between some of them. Nice model too!


Darth_Vader
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
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Ahh thanks. I couldn’t keep up with the planes he flew and honestly have a hard time telling the difference between some of them. Nice model too!


Thanks. Do you know what squadron he was assigned to?
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TigerstuckinMS
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re: On this Date in History (June 26, 1942) Hellcat is Born
ITT: I learned Bogalusa has an airport.


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