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F6F Hellcat

F6F Hellcat at Naval Aviation Centenial February 12, 2011

A U.S. F6F Hellcat during flyby at the 100th Anniversary Parade of Flight, February 12, 2011 at Naval Base Coronado, North Island, San Diego, California.

If you look closely, you can see the pilot looking out over the spectators.

According to the announcer, a total of 12,200 Hellcats were built and they had a kill radio of 19:1. The F6F Hellcat was a completely different design from the F4F Wildcat which it replaced.

The Naval Aviation Centennial event was reportedly the largest formation of military aircraft since World War II. Naval Air Station North Island was the birthplace of naval aviation 100 years ago.

Lieutenant Ellyson was the first naval officer to undergo flight training and reported to the Curtiss Aviation Camp on North Island, San Diego. Ellyson and many other navy pilots were trained at North Island beginning in 1911.

Also see under museums

F6F-5 Hellcat - Palm Springs Air Museum
Hellcat - American Aircraft