This Day in History
Hellcats To The Attack


First New Fighter Goes into Action
August 31, 1943

During World War II, on August 31, 1943, a squadron of F6 F-3 Hellcats operating off the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, flew into action for the first time. They participated with Task Force 15 during the second strike on Marcus Island. Only 14 months elapsed from the first prototype’s inaugural flight to its first operational sortie!





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