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Grumman F9F-8T (TF-9J) 'Cougar'

Description
  Manufacturer:Grumman


  Base model:F9F
  Designation:F9F
  Version:-8T
  Nickname:Cougar
  Equivalent to: TF-9J TF9JTF-9J
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Trainer
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Specifications
  Length: 44' 4" 13.5 m
  Height:12' 3" 3.7 m
  Wingspan: 34' 6" 10.5 m
  Wingarea: 337.0 sq ft 31.3 sq m
  Empty Weight: 12,787 lb 5,799 kg
  Gross Weight: 16,698 lb 7,572 kg
  Max Weight: 20,574 lb 9,330 kg

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

Performance
  Range: 600 miles 966 km
  Cruise Speed: 475 mph 764 km/h 412 kt
  Max Speed: 630 mph 1,014 km/h 548 kt
  Climb: 4,800 ft/min 1,462 m/min
  Ceiling: 43,000 ft 13,106 m


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Robert Musgrove
 Tulsa, OK
Pertaining to the previous comment. The flight was to Amarillo, TX, not San Antonio. My age is showing.
04/16/2014 @ 13:47 [ref: 68457]
 Robert Musgrove
 Tulsa, OK
I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, CA from 1959 to 1961 attached to VF-124. The F9F-8T was used to train pilots before they moved up to the F8U's. I received my OMYASS card at NAS Alameda, CA; and, I was lucky enough to fly several times in the back seat of the F9F-8T as an AE2. A couple of times the pilots did acrobatics with one of the experiences being a vertical dive up to .98 mach. The pilot said some of these aircraft would go through the sound barrier vertical; but, it didn't happen that day. The longest flight I experienced was from Moffett Field to the SAC base at San Antonio, TX over the Thanksgiving weekend to change a defective starter on an F9F-8T. The pilot that flew me there was one of the instructors. He got clearance before he started the engine, climbed to 42,000 feet, and landed in San Antonio with 500 pounds of fuel left from the original full load of 6,600 pounds. He said it would be close when we left Moffett Field. On the way home, the two aircraft made a refueling stop at the Marine Air Station Yuma, AZ because of headwinds going west. While the aircraft were being refueled, I stretched and then sat down on the tarmac because the warm concrete felt good. One of the refueling crew advised me to look for rattlesnakes if I was going to sit down. By the time he finished talking, I was standing up. I never experienced a carrier landing or takeoff. I volunteered to fly anytime the opportunity presented itself. Exciting stuff to a kid; and, good memories for a 73 year old man.
04/13/2014 @ 12:49 [ref: 68453]
 Bob Storck
 Kansas City, MO
I've heard this attributed to the similar advanced training at NAS Kingsville, but unless it happened twice, the actual incident was in NAS Beeville, Kingsville's counterpart in '65-66. A VT-25 two seat TF-9J suffered throttle disconnection on the downwind leg, and the engine went to idle. Instructor and student punched out, yet the plane lightly settled in a scrub covered field. Since the gear was lowered, it just rolled until it hit a small gully which folded the nose gear.

As the intakes were alongside the now empty cockpits, there it sat with the J-48 running and almost a full load of fuel. A mech climbed the flaps, shinnied down the fuselage and dropped out of sight into the gaping hole left in the rear cockpit with the Martin Baker gone.

After an overnight stay, a flatbed was brought in, the Cougar's wings folded, and the only slightly damaged jet was repaired on base, and back to training advanced students within a couple months.

Unfortunately, the overnight protective plane guard crew suffered a casualty. Some citizen idiot took a pot shot with a hunting rifle at the plane in the dark, and struck a young sailor in the hip. That ended his Naval service due to severe injuries. He had just reported to the squadron, and it was his first assignment.

I was there, and attached to VT-24 at the time and witnessed the engine failure and ejections as I was working on the flight line at the time, less than 1/2 mile away.
01/09/2014 @ 13:15 [ref: 68289]
 David Rooks
 Cadillac, MI
I was stationed at Chase Field, VT24, Beeville, Texas for
apprx. 3 1/2 years fom 58 to 62. I was involuntarily
extended because of the Cuban Crisis for 6 months to my
"Kiddy Cruise". I started as a AMHAN and was a AMH2 upon
separation. I also got my OMYASS card at Corpus Christi,
NAS, so that I could fly back seat. On my one and only
flight with my Division Officer he let me have the joy
stick, no rudder pedals. What an experience that was !! .
We were out over the Gulf and he lights up a cigar and turns
on country music and proceeds to cause me to use the barf
bag in my G-suit.

What great memories, I also crawled intakes to check on fuel and hydraulic leaks. Now at 72 I have claustrophobia. Go
figure. I retired as an Army MSG-E8 with 22 Yrs total
military service. Great memories!!!
12/25/2012 @ 14:51 [ref: 67437]
 David Rooks
 Cadillac, MI
I was stationed at Chase Field, VT24, Beeville, Texas for
apprx. 3 1/2 years fom 58 to 62. I was involuntarily
extended because of the Cuban Crisis for 6 months to my
"Kiddy Cruise". I started as a AMHAN and was a AMH2 upon
separation. I also got my OMYASS card at Corpus Christi,
NAS, so that I could fly back seat. On my one and only
flight with my Division Officer he let me have the joy
stick, no rudder pedals. What an experience that was !! .
We were out over the Gulf and he lights up a cigar and turns
on country music and proceeds to cause me to use the barf
bag in my G-suit.

What great memories, I also crawled intakes to check on fuel and hydraulic leaks. Now at 72 I have claustrophobia. Go
figure. I retired as an Army MSG-E8 with 22 Yrs total
military service. Great memories!!!
12/25/2012 @ 14:51 [ref: 67436]
 Jack Hansen
 walla walla, WA
I was stationed at Cecil Field in the late !960s. I was with VA 66 that flew A4C . There was a training squadron of TF9Js on the base. I also got my OMYASS card and flew many flights until they changed aircraft. My first flight was a night flight with a pilot that was on his first night flight in the F9. One flight I went up with an anti g suit. At one point in the flight the pilot thought to ask me. All I could do was grunt. Great memories. Best amusement park ride I was ever on. Only wish that I could have made a carrier cat shot and recovery before I got out in 1967.
07/28/2012 @ 15:13 [ref: 64127]
 Paul Batten
 melbourne, FL
As a young sailor my first duty station 1963 was O&R NAS Norfolk, Va we overhauled TF9J P2V P3 aircraft. After training and receiveing my OMYASS card I was able to fly back seat in a TF9J many times ( 100+ hours)with Lt. Roth.what a ride
07/20/2012 @ 10:12 [ref: 63800]
 David Slicer
 Headland, AL
I was in the Navy from April 59 until April of 63. After school in Memphis i was assigned to VA43 at Oceana. Was assigned to the F9F line until my discharge in 63. I attained the rate of E5 and was in charge of the line for some time. It was a great aircraft to be around. I knew Mr Horweedel while we both were there.
04/05/2012 @ 12:22 [ref: 54953]
 alex lubiato
 jacksonville, FL
I was an AE in VT-22 from 11/66-6/69, and it was quite a eye-opener for a young teen at that point in my life. Thanks to the Navy for the experience, went on to retire after 20 plus years.
02/23/2012 @ 06:55 [ref: 53321]
 Ron J. Horwedel
 , IL
I was an AE3 in VA-43 at Oceana from 12/62 through 12/65. We were an A-4 RAG outfit but did fleet instrument training in a bunch of TF9J's. I went through the training and got several rides in the back seat which inspired me to fly planes myself. After discharge and college, I ended up with an 18K hour flying career. She was a great old bird!!
02/09/2011 @ 06:10 [ref: 35960]

 

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