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1944 Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Aircraft

A Historic Move

Shipped via Ro Ro ocean service vessel:   M/S Michigan Highway

From Door - Imperial War Museum
IWM - Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR UK
via Southampton docks, UK - to the Port of Galveston, Texas - USA

Arranged by Sefco Export Management Company, Inc.

...with great team-work from all involved.



    In coordination with Sefco, our UK agent organised the transportation of the unique Grumman Hellcat F6F from the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in Duxford.

    With dimensions: L: 10.36m. x W: 4.92m. x H: 3.99m., and a Weight: 4300kg; special ramps had to be deployed with a winch system to load safely onto the vehicle. It was then escorted from Duxford to Southampton docks where it was shipped over to America.

    Built in late 1943 the Hellcat was a US carrier based fighter which had also served with the Royal Navy, the Hellcat had been part of a collection of vintage aircraft at the Duxford IWM and is painted in the livery of its pilot WW2 ace Lt Alex Vraciu who served with the Navy fighter squadron VF-6.

    It arrived in the UK in 1990 having been rebuilt and restored to its original condition. It was the only Hellcat performing outside of the USA so had been a popular performer at air shows across Europe ably demonstrating its flying performance which made such an impact across the Pacific Theatre during WW2.

    It has now been bought by a private collector in America.

    Further details on the history of the Hellcat can be found at:

    Kudos to Transcar/Barry Willis/WWL ALS/James Randolph & Johnathon Luce, K Line, Melissa/Clearfreight BV/Holland, their local UK agents, Peter DeStefano/Sefco, and Jamie Cox/Pride International, Baltimore MD. Thank you to all, for your excellent cooperation and care.
    - J.Quinn/Sefco Export NYC

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