XF6F Hellcat

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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat

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05/02/1944

Another of the Grumman "Cat" fighters, this is a Hellcat. This F6F-3 example arrived at Langley from Floyd Bennett Field in New York for the NACA early in 1943. After performing test work all though World War II, it was surveyed in 1946.
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05/11/1944

This Grumman XF6F-4 Hellcat tested while at Langley a turbo-supercharger, rather than a gear-driven supercharger as was the norm with the F6F. This aircraft served with the NACA for almost one year, beginning in the spring of 1944.
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Research included (1) development of controls fir use at high speeds, and (2) improved stability and control.

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