Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
YF6F - Prototype Designation
YF6F-1 - First prototype to fly
YF6F-3 - Third Developmental Prototype and selected as base production model.
F6F-3 - Official production designation based on YF6F-3 variant.
Gannet Mk 1 - Early British designation for F6F-3 (later redesignated as Hellcat Mk 1).
F6F-3E - Special radar equipment installed.
F6F-3N - Dedicated Nightfighter Variant
F6F-5 (Hellcat Mk III) - Refined airframe; Radial engine with water injection system for power-assisted takeoffs and combat.
F6F-5K - Explosive-laden remotely piloted attack drones used in the Korea War.
F6F-5N (Hellcat NF.Mk II) - Nightfighter variant.
F6F-5P - Photographic Reconnaissance Variant
Hellcat Mk II - British Designation for F6F-5.
Hellcat NF.Mk II - British Designation for F6F-5N nightfighter.