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dingkun #1 Posted Jul 07 2013 - 17:19

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Does anyone know what the nickname of M18, hellcat, mean? Is it a cat from the hell or a irritable woman?

Brunswicker #2 Posted Jul 07 2013 - 17:21

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Google: Hellcat etemology-->http://www.etymonlin...?search=hellcat

ImTheBestInTheWorld #3 Posted Jul 07 2013 - 17:34

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to make it simple :D
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Sorry I couldnt stop myself  :teethhappy:

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AA005 #4 Posted Jul 07 2013 - 17:44

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I herd someone call it the Hellkitty

so I made a pink skin with flames and hello kitty stickers on it.  Also has some shiny chrome rims.

dingkun #5 Posted Jul 07 2013 - 18:06

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View PostDisciple455, on Jul 07 2013 - 17:21, said:

Google: Hellcat etemology--> http://www.etymonlin...?search=hellcat
But the nickname of F6F'hellcat' fighter means a cat from the hell. So, probably, M18's nickname has the same meaning.

dingkun #6 Posted Jul 07 2013 - 18:12

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View PostImTheBestInTheWorld, on Jul 07 2013 - 17:34, said:

to make it simple :D
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Sorry I couldnt stop myself :teethhappy:
It looks very cool!! :teethhappy: Are you sure that it means a cat from the hell? Can you find some evidence or formal information?

blurr91 #7 Posted Jul 09 2013 - 19:03

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View Postdingkun, on Jul 07 2013 - 18:06, said:

But the nickname of F6F'hellcat' fighter means a cat from the hell. So, probably, M18's nickname has the same meaning.

All Grumman fighter names are cat-themed: Wildcat, Hellcat, Tigercat, Bearcat, Tomcat, and to a lesser extent (and lesser known) Panther, Jaguar, and Tiger.

I have no idea how M18 got the name Hellcat.  All US tanks were named after generals.  First from the Civil War, then more modern personalities: Lee/Grant, Sherman, Jackson, Stuart, Chaffee, Walker, Pershing, Patton, Abrams.

I suppose you could say the tank destroyers did not fall into this convention, hence the name Hellcat, Wolverine, and Slugger (the other name for Jackson).

Gohibniu #8 Posted Jul 10 2013 - 16:17

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Hellcat=my sisters cat.

May it burn in hell forever! Ruined my 69 Chevelle....

TheUDF #9 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 06:11

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*Hides in bush. Mauls the f@ck out of anything it sees*

LimiterOne #10 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 22:51

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Ever dated a redhead?   :blinky:

MaxMike #11 Posted Jul 12 2013 - 18:35

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My sister-in-law

Spectre12078 #12 Posted Jul 12 2013 - 22:48

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View PostLimiterOne, on Jul 11 2013 - 22:51, said:

Ever dated a redhead?   :blinky:

Redheads are the best ;) That fiery temper...

DonStrigger__Chatbanned #13 Posted Jul 16 2013 - 14:15

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View Postdingkun, on Jul 07 2013 - 17:19, said:

Does anyone know what the nickname of M18, hellcat, mean? Is it a cat from the hell or a irritable woman?
it was very fast, in fact set a speed record of 94 - 98 km/h

dingkun #14 Posted Aug 03 2013 - 16:32

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I got a picture that may make it clear. It is a symbol on some M18s, which is an angry cat with a big mouth. Unfortunately, I forgot where the photo is.

RynoSuperman #15 Posted Aug 04 2013 - 13:52

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View PostTheUDF, on Jul 11 2013 - 06:11, said:

*Hides in bush. Mauls the f@ck out of anything it sees*
winner

dingkun #16 Posted Aug 07 2013 - 06:43

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View PostLimiterOne, on Jul 11 2013 - 22:51, said:

Ever dated a redhead? :blinky:
Nope, are they angry all the time?

96Firestar #17 Posted Aug 08 2013 - 04:11

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I immediately thought/pictured an angry woman.

Blazin40s #18 Posted Aug 08 2013 - 22:45

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This is by no means an official answer, and google is probably your friend but I think it has something to do with the M18 being built by Buick and the carmaker giving it the name Hellcat, probably as a way of advetising. I think the only Buick to ever be somewhat related to the name would have been the Wildcat.

MrLuckyStrike #19 Posted Aug 12 2013 - 07:52

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It seems to be an American thing that just is, Wildcat and Hellcat are well known but there was also a navy plane called the Bearcat(?!).

Blondie_the_Good #20 Posted Aug 12 2013 - 14:09

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The term Bearcat is a common term to describe the Wolverine. Just as Polecat is a common term for a Skunk.




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