Grumman F9F-5KD (DF-9E) 'Panther'

  Base model:F9F
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Radio-controlled drone
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  Length: 38' 10" 11.8 m
  Height:12' 3" 3.7 m
  Wingspan: 38' 11.5 m
  Wingarea: 250.0 sq ft 23.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 10,147 lb 4,601 kg
  Gross Weight: 17,766 lb 8,057 kg
  Max Weight: 18,721 lb 8,490 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6A (A/B 7,000Lb/
  Thrust (each): 6,250 lb 2,834 kg

  Range: 1,300 miles 2,093 km
  Cruise Speed: 481 mph 774 km/h 418 kt
  Max Speed: 579 mph 932 km/h 503 kt
  Climb: 5,090 ft/min 1,551 m/min
  Ceiling: 42,800 ft 13,045 m


Recent comments by our visitors
 Raymond E. Baker DDS MS CCHP
 Fresno, CA
F9F-5KD...I served with VU-1 as an AT2 servicing the "Trounce" and Radio Control systems on the Panthers... How I remember working with The USS Tunney, Barbaro, and Halibut as they fired the "Red Birds" and our chase planes (FJ-3`s and FJ-4`s) would herd it to Barking Sands(ALF Bonham) where the TV-2D would take over with radio control to deploy the gear and align the bird down the long axis of the runway so that the ground controllers could adjust the pitch and yaw prior to touch down...Stearing was accomplished by releasing one brake on the locked-brake Nitrogen-fired blow-down mains...I don`t remember many successful recoveries...I remember how in 1961 or so we converted the first F8U to be a pickup chase aircraft as its speed was so much greater than the FJ`s...Oh how I remember Freddie Spencer with (it seemed) miles and miles of white wire running hither and tither on the floor of the Trounce shop as he made harness after wiring harness for that F8U-Crusader...Anybody know where there is an FPF-5KD on display?
01/02/2006 @ 07:54 [ref: 12068]
 Ed Buckman
 Hurst,, TX
I was in the Korean War on the USS Princeton standing behind this aircraft when it took off in the catapult. Could you give me an idea as the loudness of the engine as to decibils. I'm in the process of submitting a claim for hearing loss. The people I'm talking to have no idea how loud those jets were when they took off. Thank you!
Yours in comradeship,
Ed Buckman USN
09/06/2002 @ 21:26 [ref: 5634]