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Rare warbird: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
Lens: DA☆ 60-250mm f4 Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Everett, WA, USA ISO: 80 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: kcmadr, 07-07-2013, 01:35 PM

Last weekend I went down to Paine Field, Everett, WA, (yes where they build the larger of the Boeing aircraft). Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection was hosting a Fly Day featuring the public debut of their Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. This is one of only six airworthy examples.

I am still very impressed with the capability of the DA☆ 60-250mm f4 . The focal length here was around 170mm.

Any comments/suggestions would be much appreciated.

A medium sized version and the much larger original finished file processed at 66.7% of the RAW file's size.








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Bump for an interesting shot. Looks like the pilot is married.
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Sharp shot, the Hellcat is probably my favorite WWII Navy plane. Built like a tank.
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What a great shot of a great plane! Your shutter speed was perfect IMHO. Captured the prop nicely.

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Sharp shot, the Hellcat is probably my favorite WWII Navy plane. Built like a tank.
Even though this aircraft is not really my favourite looks wise, it's a fantastic piece of machinery and ruled the skies in its theatre of action. I was really really pleased to be able to see it and watch it fly.

You say it's built like a tank, well the museum that owns it has a small article on its design which says the government requirements were for X amount of force to be absorbed in a rough/hard landing. To meet that requirement it had to be test dropped from 10 feet up. They winched it up, cut the cable, and watched as it bounced off the floor with no damage. But being men they decided to see what it would take to break it, so they winched it up to 20 feet (double the original height), cut the cable, and watched with bemusement and awe as it just bounced off the floor again with no damage. Can you imagine!
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What a great shot of a great plane! Your shutter speed was perfect IMHO. Captured the prop nicely.
Thank you!

When the planes are taxiing their engines are turning over at a slower rate, so to get some good prop blur the shutter needs to be open longer. I am pleased at how this image turned out. The prop was also in a nice position.
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Tack sharp well framed nice work.
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Tack sharp well framed nice work.
Thanks Dave.

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Well done.

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really gives me a thrill to see one of grumman's iron works' beauties air worthy....
the hellcat was such a substantial improvement from the wildcat (loved that stubby lil fighter)..
and really gave the japanese a real going over in the pacific....
thanks for sharing... dave m
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Well done.

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Thank you Tom.
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really gives me a thrill to see one of grumman's iron works' beauties air worthy....
the hellcat was such a substantial improvement from the wildcat (loved that stubby lil fighter)..
and really gave the japanese a real going over in the pacific....
thanks for sharing... dave m
I really really enjoyed seeing this beauty take to the skies. I first saw it back in 2006, but that was prior to the restoration being completed. I also love the story of how strong it is - see above post #5 for the story on its design toughness.
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