By Barrett Tillman

Grumman's successor to the pugnacious Wildcat, the Hellcat embodied some of the classes learnt via F4F pilots within the commencing months of the Pacific conflict. brought to the fleet in January 1943, and blooded in strive against opposed to the japanese through VF-5 seven months later, the F6F served because the important US army fighter on board service decks till VJ-Day. regardless of its lethality within the air whilst ranged opposed to the simplest eastern combatants, it nonetheless retained docile dealing with features round the service deck. Pilots flying the Hellcat claimed approximately 5000 kills within the Pacific, and over 350 pilots completed ace prestige at the sort.

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The V-tail was replaced by one with a large dihedral, similar to that of the Me P 1107. It seems that the only commonality between the two was in the wings. Only one drawing ofthis design has been discovered. Multi-engine Jet Fighter Aircraft Although many German manufacturers were involved in the development of multi-engine jet-powered fighters, Heinkel held the distinction of being first to actually complete such an aircraft. On January 4, 1939, the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM - German Air Ministry) in Berlin had issued a specification for a schnelles Jagdflugzeug mit Strahlantrieb (fast fighter aircraft with turbojet propulsion).

00002, GJ+CA, made its first flight on March 30, 1941, powered by two Heinkel HeS 8a (HeS 001) turbojets. It was destroyed in the summer of 1943, when both turbojets failed. Nr. 00003, GJ+CB, was flown for the first time during the summer of 1942, and was powered by two HeS 001s. Some further experimental aircraft were built during 1943, but were never completed. Nr. Nr. 00008, NU+EC, were flown testing V-tails and other features until the end of March 1945. Early in September 1941, Dr. Heinkel had gone on record as optimistically stating that his new fighter would be available not later than 1942.

The main undercarriage would have retraced forward with the main wheels turning slightly to rest within the lower fuselage. The nosewheel would have retracted rearward. A special Zerstbrer version, the Me P 1110 W (W - Waffen/Weapons), was evolved during March 1945 (see p. 191). _~:,,-,II ~_ .. , , I '''', t t t r J. ;\~7_'- -----------,--~\,I~'-/-------J. tfh' ........ - 60- February 12, 1945 Above: The Messerschmitt Wespe (Wasp) II of April 1945 was a sleek single-seat jet fighter project that was to be powered by either a Heinkel HeS 011 or BMW 018 turbojet.

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