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Grumman F9F-2 'Panther'

Description
  Manufacturer:Grumman
  Base model:F9F
  Designation:F9F
  Version:-2
  Nickname:Panther
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Crew:Pilot
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Specifications
  Length: 37' 5" 11.4 m
  Height:11' 4" 3.4 m
  Wingspan: 38' 11.5 m
  Wingarea: 250.0 sq ft 23.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 9,303 lb 4,219 kg
  Gross Weight: 16,450 lb 7,460 kg
  Max Weight: 19,494 lb 8,840 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J42-P-8 (A/B 5,750Lb
  Thrust (each): 5,000 lb 2,267 kg

Performance
  Range: 1,353 miles 2,178 km
  Cruise Speed: 487 mph 784 km/h 423 kt
  Max Speed: 575 mph 925 km/h 500 kt
  Climb: 6,000 ft/min 1,828 m/min
  Ceiling: 44,600 ft 13,593 m

Known serial numbers
122560 / 122589, 123397 / 123713, 123714 / 123740, 127086 / 127215

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Aviation Heritage ParkNAS OceanaVirginia
Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Assoc.NAS Willow GrovePennsylvania
MCAS El Toro Historical FoundationIrvineCalifornia
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
United States Marine Corps Air/Ground MuseumQuanticoVirginia

F9F-2 on display

Aviation Heritage Park

NAS Willow Grove Air Park

National Museum of Naval Aviation
  


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Robert
 , CA
I am looking for more information on the F9FX-2 prototype planes that were made. My understanding is that two were made, and one crashed during testing. I've seen pics of a third prototype F9FX-3 in flight with one of the two F9FX-2 prototypes. Not many other pics of the prototypes, on ground or in flight. I have purchased a few unpublished original pics of one of the F9FX-2 prototypes in flight, and 4 planes in flight marked 1, 10, 15, and 20. These may be the first production F9FX-2 planes, but without further research, cannot be sure. I will load pics if I can figure out how to. Any help appreciated.
12/27/2013 @ 21:09 [ref: 68259]
 Dave Vallario
 Sparta, NJ
Hey Brian, I know you posted your comment a long time ago, but I grew up in East Orange and remember the Jet in Elmwood Park. I happened to be driving through for work last week and as I hit the park I had flash backs of the Jet and the whole area. It seems so small now. Fun Memories climbing the jet.
01/06/2013 @ 16:55 [ref: 67480]
 Joe Longinotti
 San Francisco, CA
In response to Brian O's comment about the Jet in Elmwood Park, NJ...I think it might have been a Cougar and not a Panther. Are you sure???. I have fond memories of the Jet and of climbing through the intakes all the way through the ducts to the tailpipe. Great times.
11/13/2010 @ 15:04 [ref: 33294]
 Cesare CALCARA
 PALERMO - Sicily, OTH
MEDITERRANEAN SEA & PALERMO-Boccadifalco AIRPORT.
US NAY PLANES PREPARATIONS TO NAVAL KOREAN WAR IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1950 An USN aircraft is the first and last jet landing in Palermo Boccadifalco aerodrome.

I am trying to gather information about the curious soft air crash of US Navy aircraft, in the summer of 1950 in Palermo Boccadifalco aerodrome (Sicily-Italy). In all probability, is an aircraft F9F 2 Panther embarked on USS Leyte (CV-32)/CVG-3 / VF31 (the carrier deploy in South Mediterranean Sea ) landing in short runway (3000 ft) with severe technical hitches. Any info about these happy air crash (pilot survive, aircraft only gears damaged and take-off post repair in loco with new pilot), would be helpful. The pilots have a Guinness Primate: the first and last pilots landing WITH JET in Palermo Boccadifalco Aerodrome.

Tank you. CESARE CALCARA, Italian aviation history Studious
05/14/2010 @ 03:36 [ref: 26167]
 Cesare CALCARA
 PALERMO - Sicily, OTH
MEDITERRANEAN SEA & PALERMO-Boccadifalco AIRPORT.
US NAY PLANES PREPARATIONS TO NAVAL KOREAN WAR IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1950 An USN aircraft is the first and last jet landing in Palermo Boccadifalco aerodrome.

I am trying to gather information about the curious soft air crash of US Navy aircraft, in the summer of 1950 in Palermo Boccadifalco aerodrome (Sicily-Italy). In all probability, is an aircraft F9F 2 Panther embarked on USS Leyte (CV-32)/CVG-3 / VF31 (the carrier deploy in South Mediterranean Sea ) landing in short runway (3000 ft) with severe technical hitches. Any info about these happy air crash (pilot survive, aircraft only gears damaged and take-off post repair in loco with new pilot), would be helpful. The pilots have a Guinness Primate: the first and last pilots landing WITH JET in Palermo Boccadifalco Aerodrome.

Tank you. CESARE CALCARA, Italian aviation history Studious
05/14/2010 @ 03:36 [ref: 26166]
 Brad
 , IL
I'm writing a Panther/Cougar book. If there are any former pilots or plane captains out there would would like to comment on the plane, etc, please contact me. I am interested in comments on its handling and on its operational use.

Brad
02/08/2009 @ 07:48 [ref: 23671]
 Duane Machtig
 Libertyville, IL
I was a plane captain of 106 B of fighter squadron VF191 aboard the USS Princeton. This was from March 1952 to November 1952 during Korean War. One day I was standing next to the deck edge elevator waiting for Lt. Hamm to land my airplane. Suddenly I heard the air crash siren wail and saw my plane diving right where I was standing. I turned to run and tripped over the "tie down" steel cables I was carrying and fell, severely cutting my chin on the wooden flight deck. The plane missed me as it crashed into the corner of the deck edge elevator. My chin was sewed up by a third class corpsman. Sitting accross from me was unhurt Lt. Hamm smoking a cigarette. It was the first time in Naval history that the plane captain was injured when his plane crashed. Since my plane was out of commission, the captain appointed me the logistics yeoman for VF-191. I became a pilot on my 40th birthday and flew for 10 years in safety. My phone number is 847-668-9647. I have been the President and Owner of American Training Videos, Inc. for 33 years.
09/07/2008 @ 15:28 [ref: 22627]
 Jim Barnes
 Plymouth, MA
I flew the F9F-2 with VF-71 in Korea on the Bon Homme Richard. Air Group Seven was the best and CAG Brown led us so we never lost a 71 pilot. Cdr John Hill was our skipper and Wes MaGee was our XO. God Bless them.
08/17/2008 @ 10:22 [ref: 22477]
 Brian OCallaghan
 Sarasota, FL
Does anyone remember the Blue F9F-5 Panther Jet that was in a municipal park in East Orange, N.J. circa 1959....?
I remember climbing on this jet as a young kid via cargo nets affixed to the ground and leading up to the cockpit.
The engine had been removed and someone had poured a fixed concrete "seat" in what was left of the cockpit along with a metal pipe that was fixed to go forward and back representing a control stick. You could crawl from the tailpipe to the intakes without a problem. The canopy was there for a while until somebody stole it or it was removed. You could still read the maintenance instructions on the fuselage. It was there for many years and had been re-painted in silver for awhile.
It eventually disappeared: scrapped I suppose.

My first memories of a REAL jet fighter!

08/11/2008 @ 16:20 [ref: 22436]
 David Newell
 , TX
I'm trying to identify the markings on a large radio controlled jet powered
F9F-2 Panther. Is there a site I can go to to find squadron markings. I have all kinds of WWII material but I'm having trouble finding info on Korea. Please email or call me with anything you might have. Thanks David N 214/532-1832
01/27/2008 @ 07:55 [ref: 19438]

 
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