Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1115 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat White 7 "Paper Doll", VF-27, USS Princeton, 24 October 1944
On April 4, 1944 the new F6F-5 took to the air. It was a much improved version of the
F4F Wildcat. The designers gave the new plane a redesigned engine cowl for the
engine that was now water-injected. The injection increased take off performance by
10% and increased the armament capabilities. Production of the F6F-5 lasted until
November 1945 when Grumman had rolled out more than 900 “5”s. The UK received
some of these aircraft under the Lend-Lease Act and they were designated Hellcat Mk.
II. This plane was so lethal that it earned the nickname “Ace Maker” because of the
large number of pilots that earned their 5 + victories while flying it.
VF-27 F6F-5 Hellcat “Paper Doll” belonged to Lt. (jg) Robert Burnell but on October 24,
1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf was flown from the USS Princeton by Lt. Carl
Brown Jr.. Brown and other aircraft intercepted Japanese aircraft heading for the U.S.
Fleet and he managed to down 5 enemy aircraft. During the battle Brown and his
aircraft were hit but he managed to land on the USS Essex since the USS Princeton
was ablaze. “Paper Doll” was pushed in the sea to make room for all the extra aircraft
that were recovering.
2000hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial piston engine
Empty - 9150 lbs.,
Max Takeoff - 15,410 lbs.
Wing Span - 42ft. 10in.
Length - 33ft. 7in.
Height - 13ft. 6in.
Maximum Speed at 23,500 ft - 380mph
Cruising Speed at 6,000 ft - 168mph
Ceiling - 37,300 ft
Range - 1,530 miles with 150-gallon drop tank
6 X 12.7mm (0.5 inch) wing-mounted machine guns
2 X 1,000-lb bombs, or six 127mm (5-inch) rockets