F6F Hellcat at War [NOOK Book]

Overview

Descended from the F4F Wildcat (and sometimes called the Wildcat’s “big brother”), the Grumman F6F Hellcat debuted with the Pacific Fleet in mid-1943 and soon was taking on Japanese Zero fighters.  Over the next two years, the Hellcat proved to be the most successful fighter aircraft in naval history--with more than 5,000 air-to-air kills in the Pacific, and the highest kill/loss ratio of any American fighter plane in Army, Navy, or Marine service during World War II.  Taking advantage of the Hellcat’s ...
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F6F Hellcat at War

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Overview

Descended from the F4F Wildcat (and sometimes called the Wildcat’s “big brother”), the Grumman F6F Hellcat debuted with the Pacific Fleet in mid-1943 and soon was taking on Japanese Zero fighters.  Over the next two years, the Hellcat proved to be the most successful fighter aircraft in naval history--with more than 5,000 air-to-air kills in the Pacific, and the highest kill/loss ratio of any American fighter plane in Army, Navy, or Marine service during World War II.  Taking advantage of the Hellcat’s combination of easy handling and lethality, more than 300 of its pilots achieved “ace” status.

 

This lavishly illustrated book offers a thrilling look at the Hellcat at war--from its first action in September 1943, when fighters off the USS Independence shot down a spying seaplane, to its service with the British Fleet Air Arm and its part in the invasion of Southern France.  Detailing the Hellcat’s design and development, telling its pilots’ war stories, and tracing the aircraft’s adventures through the end of World War II, this book is a fitting and fascinating tribute to a fighter plane whose performance in a few short years remains unmatched in the annals of naval warfare.

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Cybermodeler Online
“While there are quiet a few books that deal with the subject matter, few offer a balanced look at the aircraft from its pre-war development through its post-war service and still provide an interesting perspective to its development and operations through the war….a well-written book that will provide a unique look into some operational history and some interesting statistics of this historic symbol of American air power during World War Two. This title is highly recommended!”

WWII History Magazine
“A new addition to Zenith’s outstanding ‘At War’ series, F6F Hellcat at War is bound to get any naval aviation buff’s blood stirring. Over 100 photos, many in color, present the complete history of this legendary carrier-launched warbird from its initial design and development in the mid-1940s by Grumman Aircraft Corporation at its Long Island factory to its successful combat career in the Pacific…

“Through compelling accounts, previously unpublished photos, and detailed engineering drawings, Graff does an excellent job of tracing the Hellcat’s lineage and manufacture, then its roles as one of the most feared fighters of the war.”

International Plastic Modelers Society, USA
“Quickly following on the heels of their "P-47 at War" book comes this excellent 160 page publication. It is just chocked full of color photos and data of one of Grumman's famous "cat" series of aircraft….If you're an aficionado of the Hellcat, you'll most certainly want to add this fine book to your library. Most highly recommended.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616732660
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 736,463
  • File size: 40 MB
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Meet the Author

Cory Graff is the Military Aviation Historian at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett, Washington. In his free time, he works on aviation-related history projects, including exhibits and books. His articles have been published in Air & Space Smithsonian magazine and the Museum of Flight's Aloft magazine. Graff is the author of five previous aviation books, including Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWII Warbirds, Strike and Return: American Air Power and the Fight for Iwo Jima, and P-47 Thunderbolt at War. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Best book BEST AVIATION BOOK EVER ?

    If you need to know anything abought the hellcat read this book.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    The best Hellcat book to date!

    I have an extensive library of WW II aircraft, with an emphasis on the Pacific theater. I have bought or read just about every book on the F6F, and this is by far my favorite. It has more information about the development of the airplane and its flying characteristics than any other book I have seen, but does not scrimp on "missions flown," etc. Excellent photographs, many in color. If you are interested in WW II naval aviation, this book will not disappoint.

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