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    Looking to replace its F4F Wildcat, the Navy ordered XF6F prototypes which were supposed to be powered by the 1,700 hp Wright R-2600 engine. Immediately after the first flight of the XF6F on June 26, 1942, the aircraft was mysteriously redesignated the XF6F-3 and the engine was changed to the 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800. The reason for the mystery became evident only after the war, but is it true? There seems to be two sides to the story. Read More ...

Illustration by aviation artist Ed Markham.

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