1943 WWII Grumman 6F6 Hellcat Fighter Aircraft – Working Front End Cutaway.
This recently found cutaway model is an important part of aircraft history. The model is dated 1943 and was the year they
introduced the 6F6 Hellfire fighter aircraft. This was one of the rare and surviving teaching aids that helped our WWII pilots
and mechanics make this one of the most successful fighters. This example was recently discovered and was in storage for over
60 years. It's in perfect condition. All we needed to do was clean it up and build a display stand. The electronics and
mechanics are in working order. This display illustrated the three-bladed Curtiss Electric propeller. With the push of a button the
3 props will twist and change their angle. The cutaway allows you to see the gears and components in action and show the
engineering that made this innovation possible. The cutaway also comes with a custom made 3 wheel dolly to help
move it around (not pictured).
A BIT OF HISTORY.
The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a carrier-based fighter aircraft developed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat in
United States Navy (USN) service. Although the F6F resembled the Wildcat, it was a completely new design powered by a
2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800. Some tagged it as the “Wildcat’s big brother”. The Hellcat was the first USN fighter
designed in view of lessons from combat with the Japanese Zero. The Hellcat was credited with destroying 5,271 aircraft
while in service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (5,163 in the Pacific and eight more during the invasion of
Southern France, plus 52 with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during World War II), which was more than any other U.S. naval
aircraft. Postwar, the Hellcat was phased out of front line service, but remained in service as late as 1954 as a night fighter.