Hellcat Mk II (Great Britain)

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▄Hellcat Mk II
hellcat_fmk1.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.7/3.7/3.0BR
1 personCrew
4.6 tEmpty weight
6.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
11 000 mCeiling
sec23.6/23.6/21.8Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
803 km/hStructural
375 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2 400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 х HVAR rocketsSetup 1
2 х Tiny Tim rocketsSetup 2
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
6 х HVAR rockets
Setup 4
1 х Mk.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)Setup 5
Economy
1 300 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 740/3 080/1 700Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the premium British fighter Hellcat Mk II (Great Britain). For other uses, see F6F (Family).

Description

GarageImage Hellcat Mk II Great Britain.jpg


The ▄Hellcat Mk II is a premium Rank III British fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29 as the Hellcat Mk I, but was renamed into the Hellcat Mk II in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai". It costs 1,300 Golden Eagles.

The Hellcat Mk II is nearly identical to the American non-premium F6F-5 Hellcat, both can carry a wide array of weaponry for ground attack, but the Hellcat Mk II is at Rank III instead of Rank II like the American Hellcat, and has a good premium boost for Silver Lions and Golden Eagles, making it an effective researcher for many British Rank 4 aircraft. Just like the American Hellcat, it is easy to get to grips to and can be very fun to play.

The stock F6F-5 Hellcat is equipped with six 12.7 mm Browning machine guns. The Hellcat can also be upgraded to carry either 6 x 127 mm rockets, 2 x 298 mm rockets, 2 x 1,000 lb bombs, or 6 x 127 mm rockets and two 1,000 lb bombs. The Hellcat can also be upgraded to use the "New 12 mm MGs" which are more accurate and and less likely to jam.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,100 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
583 568 11,000 23.1 23.6 10.1 10.1 399
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,100 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
637 610 11,000 20.5 21.8 21.4 13.6 399

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
839 450 520 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 450 < 420 < 420 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
518 m 2,000 hp 2,248 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,785 m 1,800 hp 2,023 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 3 mm Steel plate on both sides of the oil cooling system
  • 3 mm Steel plate in front of cockpit on top of the fuselage
  • 3 mm Steel plates under the engine and fuselage

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The Hellcat Mk II (Great Britain) is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 2400 total) [AB Reload time: 20s]

Suspended armament

      Main article: Bombs, Rockets,Torpedoes

The Hellcat Mk II (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 6 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 2 x 298 mm Tiny Tim rockets
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,216 lb Mk.13 torpedo

Usage in the battles

The Hellcat Mk I is an all-around excellent aircraft, being at home in many roles such as Bomber Hunter, Fighter, and Ground attacker. This plane is especially good in the role of Boom & Zoom, and for its Battle Rating, it can be one of the first aircraft at high altitude, ready to stalk its prey. You can turn-fight with the Hellcat's excellent elevator authority, but it is ill-advised, as aircraft of this battle rating you will encounter such as the La-5, A6M2, Spitfire, and the occasional Yak-3 will out turn you and turn you into Swiss cheese. This aircraft is legendary for its ruggedness and reliability in real life and is accurately represented in War Thunder. This aircraft is easy to land with its strong landing gear. The large radial engine and sturdy wings can take some hits and still make it home, and, as in the Pacific theatre, this plane was very hard to set alight due to its self-sealing fuel tanks. Don't jump out of your burning Hellcat just yet! You can take bombs and rockets to become a formidable ground attacker, and even take Tiny Tim rockets for extreme anti-ship and anti-tank capability. You will earn Silver Lions very quickly thanks to the Premium vehicle bonus. The M2 Browning machine guns can load Ground belts to destroy light vehicles easily, as well as medium tanks and light pillboxes (though with some difficulty). In the bomber hunter role, use Universal belts (as with the fighter role) as they contain the most Incendiary rounds to set nearly anything alight, double time. Just remember to not get carried away with staying behind bombers - they can shoot into your engine and set you alight; sometimes, with no hope of getting rid of the fire. Though this aircraft is a Jack of All Trades, one may say this is a disadvantage itself - being master on none. Aircraft that excel in certain categories such as climb rate, manoeuvrability, and firepower can beat you if they play smart - but remember, if you play smart too, you may come out on top with very deadly aircraft such as the earlier mentioned Yak-3.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable

Modules

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

Pros:

  • Excellent diving ability
  • Great bomb & rocket payload options
  • Great top speed
  • Good instantaneous turn
  • Well armed for its rank with a lot of ammunition
  • Decent climber
  • Very stable gun platform

Cons:

  • Below average turner against Japanese & British aircraft
  • Higher stall speeds than its Japanese counterparts
  • Control Stiffening above moderate speeds
  • Poor roll rate
  • Poor performance when equipping bombs and rockets
  • Large fuselage cross-section makes it an easy target
  • Spins are cumbersome to recover from due to poor rudder effectiveness

History

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In-game description

Described as ‘the most important Allied shipboard fighter of World War II’ by record breaking test pilot Captain Eric Brown RN, the Grumman Hellcat was a single-seat, single-engine, all-metal fighter which entered service in 1943. Designed the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation under the direction of Leroy Grumman and William Schwendler, a prototype of the XF6F-1 fighter made its first flight on 26th June 1942. In October 1942, the first production version, F6F-3, was launched and the US Navy began equipping squadrons in January 1943.

The aircraft was powered by a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10 Double Wasp radial air-cooled engine and a Hamilton Standard three-bladed propeller. Its armament consisted of six 0.50 calibre Colt-Browning M2.5 machine guns, with 400 rounds each, located in the wings. Weapon racks under the fuselage and under the wings could carry up to three bombs weighing up to 1,000 lb (454 kg) or six 127 mm High Velocity Aircraft Rockets. An external fuel tank could be mounted on the central rack.

Hellcats began equipping squadrons of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in July 1943, starting with 800 Naval Air Squadron who used the American fighters to replace their Hawker Sea Hurricanes. In the British service the aircraft was initially named the Grumman Gannet Mk.I, but it was later changed to the Hellcat F Mk.I.

The Fleet Air Arm’s Hellcats first saw action in December 1943, when 800 NAS launched a series of anti-shipping strikes off the Norwegian coast from the light escort carrier HMS Emperor. In April 1944, Hellcats formed part of the escort for a series of Fleet Air Arm strikes against the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaafiord; during the strikes Lt Cdr AR Richardson, CO of 1840 NAS, used his Hellcat’s arrestor hook to tear off an enemy radio mast once he had run out of ammunition. It was during operations over Norway that Lt Cdr SG Orr and Lt B Richie both became aces whilst flying Hellcats. From June 1944, British Hellcats fought in the Mediterranean theatre and near the beaches of Normandy in support of the D-Day landings. However, it was with the British Pacific Fleet in the Far East that Hellcats were used in the greatest numbers by the Fleet Air Arm, including acting as escort for the mass raids on the Palembang oil refineries in January 1945. It was with the British Pacific Fleet that the Royal Navy’s top Hellcat ace, Sub Lt ET Wilson, scored 3 kills and four shared. Royal Navy pilots flying Hellcats scored a combined total of 52 air-to-air victories.

A rugged, well armed machine with a good blend of agility, performance and firepower, the Hellcat was one of the most successful naval aircraft of the war. Some 1300 Hellcats were delivered to Great Britain as part of the Lend-Lease agreement, and were withdrawn from service in August 1946.

Media

Hellcat sporting 6x HVAR rockets and 2x 1000lbs bombs. Unlockable ingame skin: 1844th Squadron RAF, Fleet Air Arm.

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