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10,OOOth HELLCAT was painted in white on both sides of fhe cowling. Here it is seen landing aboard the USS (Grumman) TICONDEROGA, CV-14, where it was assigned to VBF-B7. ----:....... This photograph, taken before the aircraft left Bethpage, shows special markings on one of the propeller blades. een added yet. Also note that the color of the propeller hub is different. (Grumman) 46 With unit markings now added, the Navy takes delivery of the Hellcat aboard the USS TICONDEROGA. (Grumman) (Grumman) Details of the front instrument panel and center console are visible in this photograph.
00. Classic F6F in 1/10Oth Scale The only mention of this kit is in Shank's 1972 guide. No other information is available. As mentioned above, this is the one truly collectable kit of the Hellcat today. It was numbered 115P, and was released around 1947. All Penguin kits are highly collectable, aithough many are starting to warp due to chemical reaction. The kits only provided the basic aircraft shape, and had little detail, but they are examples of early injection molding. 00. Frog F6F-3 in l/72nd Scale This should not be confused with the kit covered immediately above.
They used glide bombing, diving at aboullorty to fortylive degrees. This compares to Ihe Hellcat where we dive bombed al aboul sevenly degrees. I read somewhere that Hellcat pilots oflen "dragged" Iheir landing gear, using them as air brakes while dive bombing. Did you ever do Ihat? No. II may have been done, bul I never did it. When you dive bombed, what bomb did you usually carry? Mosl 01 the time II was a SOD-pound bomb, and sometimes a 1000-pounder. On a few occasions I carried two SOD-pound bombs.