Though not as fast, at 380 mph, as other top-level American fighters, the F6F Hellcat carried the standard excellent American firepower of six .50 caliber Browning machine guns and had that legendary Grumman "Iron Works" rugged-as-a-bridge construction. In just two years of combat the Hellcat shot down 5,221 enemy aircraft, a record second only to the P-51 Mustang.
(NASM Groenhoff Coll.)

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