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Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

By Htam

2017_TAM_3396_D500.jpg@ Camarillo Airport, CA

August 2017

The Commemorative Air Force’s Hellcat makes a flyby during the Wings Over Camarillo Airshow.  This warbird wears the colors and victory markings of USN Captain David McCampbell who scored 34 aerial victories while flying Hellcats from the USS Essex.  First flown in 1942, the Hellcat would go into action with the US Navy and Marine Corps claiming 5,154 kills during World War II, giving it a kill ratio of 19:1. A total of 12,275 were built in just over two years, last ones serving with the Uruguayan Navy until 1960.  Approximately six are in flyable condition with five more undergoing airworthy restoration.  Nikon D500 w/Tamron 150-600mm.


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