F6F-5 (France)

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▄F6F-5 Hellcat
General characteristics
1 personCrew
6.9 tTake-off weight
3.23 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 000 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10wEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
803 km/hStructural
375 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2 400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 x HVAR rocketsSetup 1
2 x Tiny Tim rocketsSetup 2
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
6 x HVAR rockets
Setup 4
1 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 5
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 000 / 5 020/2 500 / 3 137/1 370 / 1 719Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
136 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
290 % Sl icon.png200 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the French fighter F6F-5 (France). For other uses, see F6F (Family).


GarageImage F6F-5France.jpg

The ▄F6F-5 Hellcat is a rank III French fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,730 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 620 599 11 000 21.6 22.4 8.9 399
Upgraded 680 647 19.4 20.5 17.7 12.7


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
803 375  510 ___ 310 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 432 < 420 < 420 > 420
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 518 m 2,000 hp 2,398 hp
Setting 2 4,724 m 1,800 hp 2,158 hp
Setting 3 6,400 m 1,650 hp 1,978 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates behind the pilot
  • 3 mm Steel plates on fuselage top in front of the cockpit
  • 3 mm Steel plate on the top front of oil cooling system
  • 3 mm Steel plates on the bottom of the engine


Offensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The F6F-5 (France) is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 2,400 total)

The six machine guns are arranged in bundles of three mounted in both wings. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.

Suspended armament

The F6F-5 (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 6 x HVAR rockets
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 6 x HVAR rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x Mk.13/44 (569 mm) torpedo

Usage in battles

The key to both surviving and owning in the F6F is to keep your speed up and try to be even marginally higher than your opponents. Below 300 km/h (186 mph) it is very sluggish. As with most American fighters, Boom & Zoom is the preferred combat mode for the Hellcat, while its average high-speed manoeuvrability can be used to add in a high yo-yo. It has a lot of ammo, but a good aim is still important since boom-n-zoom only allows you a small window of opportunity to hit your target before you have to climb back to altitude. Still, this is an excellent plane to practice your aim and tactics with because it's more forgiving than most boom-n-zoom fighters. If you don't have particularly good aim, a good tactic is to open up at 500 m (0.31 mi), starting with your aim on the aircraft, and then slowly move your aim in front of the target. You won't require as much lead when diving on your target at 600+ km/h (373+ mph).

With dual 1,000-pound bombs and six HVAR rockets armed, the Hellcat is a stable game-ending platform in a pinch when the rest of your team is not ground-attacking. The two Tiny Tim anti-tank rockets can also be useful for taking out more massive targets. Sometimes, it is useful to save the Hellcat as your last plane just for that. You can always jettison the rockets and bombs if you're suddenly forced to dogfight.

It is incredibly important to use Manual Engine Controls while piloting the Hellcat in Realistic or Simulator Battles. The Hellcat has access to three Supercharger gears, each tailored for a different altitude, and each will significantly improve your performance at their appropriate altitudes.

Keep in mind:

  • It has a lot of engine power, but at anywhere between 5.7 and 7 tonnes, getting up to altitude isn't very easy.
  • Resist the temptation to get into low-altitude turning fights. This is a heavy aircraft and it will lose a massive amount of speed in turns.
  • While it has plenty of explosive armament options, in Realistic and Simulator battles the added weight and drag will usually make you an easy target for other fighters. Since most air battles are basically dogfights, you're often better off without the extra weight.
  • This thing will perform reasonably well at low altitudes, but it's still recommended to stay at an altitude of 3 km or higher.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
3 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm ITC mk.III
II Compressor Airframe FRC mk.2
III Wings repair Engine New 12 mm MGs LFRC mk.12
IV Engine injection Cover FLBC mk.1

Pros and cons


  • Can carry a lot of payload for a rank III aircraft
  • One of the few fighters that can carry a torpedo
  • Very effective in either air-to-air or air-to-ground, very versatile
  • Bombs are mounted directly under the fuselage, very accurate when dive bombing
  • Good climb rate
  • Excellent dive rate
  • Good cockpit visibility
  • Extremely efficient cooling system
  • Lots of ammo
  • Cheap repair cost
  • Can take some hits
  • Decent at energy fighting, although not as good as the Bf 109 F-4


  • You have to fly at a very low altitude at a deficient speed to drop the torpedo, which is impractical
  • Only three salvos of HVAR rockets
  • Carrying the 2 x 1000 lb bombs and the 6 x HVAR rockets also adds a worse climb rate
  • Slower top speed compared to other contemporary US fighters
  • Higher stall speed than its Japanese counterparts
  • Control stiffening above moderate speeds
  • Poor roll rate
  • Large fuselage cross-section makes it an easy target
  • Guns mounted further on the wings making it harder to aim at a target that is smaller than you
  • Despite its formidable reputation as the Zero killer, a Zero could still easily kill it if you are forced to fight on the Zero's terms


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See also

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