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In the movie "South Pacific" (1958) were the fighter planes really F6F "Hellcats" or were they F8F "Bearcats?"?

Asked by kritiper (25757points) June 28th, 2019

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Show us the footage.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

F6F had a three bladed prop and the F8F Bearcat had a four bladed prop. Also the F6F had a ridge behind the cockpit back to the tail. My dad taught overhaul and maintenance on Pratt & Whitney engines used on the F6F and the F8F.

stanleybmanly's avatar

And the wildcat as well?

kritiper's avatar

@Tropical_Willie That info should get me my answer. I’ll check the prop count the next time I have the opportunity to view the film.

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