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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, July 3, 2020

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: Warbird Fighters - Hellcat and Bearcat

The Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, with this look at two U.S. Navy Grumman cats - F-6F Hellcat and F-8F Bearcat. The Hellcat was primarily employed in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, battling the Imperial Japanese Navy fighters to ultimate victory. The Bearcat emerged at the end of World War II as a shorter, lighter development of the Hellcat with improved performance and firepower. The end of the war and the onset of the jet age resulted in a reduced production of Bearcats, some of which were exported or used as aerial targets.


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