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Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) 'Cougar'

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  Manufacturer:Grumman


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  Base model:F9F
  Designation:F9F
  Version:-8
  Nickname:Cougar
  Equivalent to: F-9J F9JF-9J
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Crew:Pilot
  First Flew:1947/11/21
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Specifications
  Length: 42' 2" 12.8 m
  Height:12' 3" 3.7 m
  Wingspan: 34' 6" 10.5 m
  Wingarea: 337.0 sq ft 31.3 sq m
  Empty Weight: 11,866 lb 5,381 kg
  Gross Weight: 20,098 lb 9,114 kg
  Max Weight: 24,763 lb 11,230 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J48-P-8A
  Thrust (each): 7,250 lb 3,287 kg

Performance
  Range: 1,208 miles 1,945 km
  Cruise Speed: 516 mph 830 km/h 448 kt
  Max Speed: 647 mph 1,041 km/h 562 kt
  Climb: 5,750 ft/min 1,752 m/min
  Ceiling: 42,000 ft 12,801 m


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Henry Jayroe
 , TX
Searching forever it seems for my brothers who served in Kingsville, Texas ATU 202 VT 21 '58/'62.

Anyone know about any of these friends, as Woody Guthrie says, All Scattered Like Dry Leaves" please let me know.

My List:, W.E.Ball, Wilbur Goings, Nels C."Pete" Peterson, Jerry Bowman, Art Bell, ? Mott, Travis King, ? Reeves, T.U.Anders, Robby Robertson, ?Fedak, Domar C.Black, ?Simpson, Gary Tobin, A.C.Winge, W.T. Rowe, Albert Goldstien, M. E. Hartsfield AB1, P.D. Pettengill, R.H. Lichter,
? Bumgartner, ? Kroft, R.H.D.Green, ? Samples, ? Mendoza, ? Flores, Norman Cherry, Frank Wolf, ? Cross, E.R.Sides, ? Gilbreath, Dennis B Harrison, ? Woods, Johnny Williams, Fred Sporeman, R.T.Darling, ? Stanton, Robert O. Hair

Anyone have an extra Squadron Patch you would part with?

Awesome, F9F8 tied down on the Compass Rose 100% throttle at midnight.

Jayroe, Ground Support & The Tin Shop

11/25/2015 @ 05:31 [ref: 69321]
 felix vardaro
 brockton, MA
Speaking of the young man that was shot with the 20 mm, don't recall the exact day, but I was the plane captain on the line that day and I watched it happen, we were getting ready to launch, for war games with the air force, th e man just came into the squadron that day and was being checked out to become a plane captain, he was checking the plane and he ran in front of the plane and the ordinance man was checking the guns and they went off.
Killing him. Don't recall his name, was 19 yrs. old. I was in at 212 from mar. 1958 to jan. 1960.
08/18/2015 @ 10:17 [ref: 69213]
 George Kennedy
 marietta, GA
Abra Allen wrote that he went to ATU-202 in Kingsville, Tx. in June 1958 and was walking to a hanger when 20mm cannon went off killing a young man from ATU-212. I was there at the time and saw it happen. However I left Kingsville in February 1958 and that incident happened before I left. There could not have been two accidents that closely related. There had to be some mix up on Abra's dates.
09/04/2013 @ 14:53 [ref: 68048]
 George Kennedy
 , GA
Abra Allen wrote that he was at ATU-202 in June of 1958 and was walking to a hanger when 20mm cannon went off killing a young man in ATU-212. I was there at the time and saw it happen. However I left Kingsville in 1958 and that incident happened before I left. There could not have been two accidents that closely related. There had to be some mix up on the dates.
09/04/2013 @ 14:47 [ref: 68047]
 John Sexton (Bill)
 Springfield, OH
I saw name Brought up on the on the Blog's from a 202/vt 21 -58-62.
I was in VF111 (sundowners) 1955 1957 and we had F9F-B Cougars at that time we had just transitioned from the cougar 6 and when I left we were transitioning to FJ-3.
I flew in our first Cougar T bird with LT, Pete Peterson. I was a am-3 and the skipper was for some reason pushing me to be a Fighter cadet. I had over 60 hours NAMO trainer in the Cougar and LT Peterson would come in week ends and take me up and gave me the stick and taught me to do the combat maneuvers.I had qualified all the seat ejection and pressure chamber stuff to fly, But in the end I had to complete some schooling and I didn't pass Eye exam.
I saw a picture to my surprise many many years later at Air Force Museum In Dayton Ohio wit Lcdr Pete Peterson as Test Pilot for a X something rocket type ..Lt Pete and my Div Officer McIntyre also CMDR Medic were good to me in that Squadron and don't know why as I was always in trouble,,,I did Fly air crew later years and did complete education but No fighter pilot,, I can still if had a chance Crank it up and check it out....I worked at the Navy NATF Lakehurst also we had a Cougar. I retired 24 years.,

02/06/2013 @ 07:26 [ref: 67556]
 John Sexton (Bill)
 Springfield, OH
I saw name Brought up on the on the Blog's from a 202/vt 21 -58-62.
I was in VF111 (sundowners) 1955 1957 and we had F9F-B Cougars at that time we had just transitioned from the cougar 6 and when I left we were transitioning to FJ-3.
I flew in our first Cougar T bird with LT, Pete Peterson. I was a am-3 and the skipper was for some reason pushing me to be a Fighter cadet. I had over 60 hours NAMO trainer in the Cougar and LT Peterson would come in week ends and take me up and gave me the stick and taught me to do the combat maneuvers.I had qualified all the seat ejection and pressure chamber stuff to fly, But in the end I had to complete some schooling and I didn't pass Eye exam.
I saw a picture to my surprise many many years later at Air Force Museum In Dayton Ohio wit Lcdr Pete Peterson as Test Pilot for a X something rocket type ..Lt Pete and my Div Officer McIntyre also CMDR Medic were good to me in that Squadron and don't know why as I was always in trouble,,,I did Fly air crew later years and did complete education but No fighter pilot,, I can still if had a chance Crank it up and check it out....I worked at the Navy NATF Lakehurst also we had a Cougar. I retired 24 years.,

02/06/2013 @ 07:26 [ref: 67555]
 Norm Higgs
 No. Ogden, UT
Any information for James Richard Higgs, LTJG can be forwarded to norm.higgs@yahoo.com
10/12/2012 @ 11:09 [ref: 67301]
 Norm Higgs
 No. Ogden, UT
I am seeking anyone who has any information that they would be willing to share concerning my father. Navy Pilot James Richard Higgs. He was trained in the F9F-8. He was stationed in Kingsville and was finishing flight training when on the day before/of his graduation, his Cougar failed on take-off, hit the runway hard and flipped over killing him. Any information, personal perspectives, memories or the like would be greatly appreciated. I am also looking to obtain what training group he was with (tail numbers). God bless All our military men and women (Active and Retired).
10/12/2012 @ 05:52 [ref: 67300]
 Ed Mattocks
 Calllahan, FL
Spent 4 years in ATU-202/VT-21 from '58 to '62. Started out as a Plane Captain then was on the 'Bowser' crew changing tires and airing up struts and emergency air bottles. Went on nights and towed A/C. Finally made ADJ2 and was assigned to P/P shop in Engine Build Up.
My next tour was in VA-56 in Lemoore, CA and cruised on the Ticonderoga. From there I was assigned to train recruits as a Company Commander in Great Lakes, IL. Had 5 companies then taught fire fighting school.
VP-10 in Brunswick, ME was with the P-3's going to Bermuda and Sigonella.
Was then transferred to Memphis ADJ "A" school as a Phase Supervisor then to ADJ "B" school as a course supervisor. Retired E-8 from VP-16 at NAS Jax, Fl
06/23/2012 @ 02:18 [ref: 61221]
 Arbra Pierce
 ALLEN, OK
Went to Kingsville to ATU 202.june of 58 ADJAN went to line div And was on my wat to hanger when 20mm went off killing some dude from ATU212 Then when ATU212 needed drivers ivolentierd ground support.Both squardern then had F9F- and F9F-TTHEN The navy decided we needed some Excitmem,ent so they give us F11F and started ATU 222 I went to A/C Maint in charge of GTC85 SHOP.I have An autographed Picture of Vraciu And a cruise book of 1958 with him as CO ATU 202 Left 1 NOV 62 ADJ1
06/22/2012 @ 18:25 [ref: 61149]

 

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