Grumman TF-9J 'Cougar'


  Base model:F-9
  Equivalent to: F9F-8T F9F8TF9F-8T
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Trainer
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  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

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

  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


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 gil spencer
 schertz, TX
was a plane captain on the F9. also worked in maint.control. 63-65 miramar ,calif.
02/22/2014 @ 05:45 [ref: 68363]
 Mick Lansden
 Englewood,, CO
I was a ATN3 In VF126 at Mirmar Navel Air Station from 1964
to 1967, I worked on the Arc17, Arn6 and the Apn122. I was base Avionics for a while then I was a black box puller on the TF9J. Great bird could crawl up intake without sucking out your eyeballs. Good time , Good memories.
09/28/2012 @ 11:39 [ref: 67271]
 D. Dawson
 Oak Harbor, WA
Worked on the TF-9J as an ADJ at Naval Aerospace Recovery

Worked on the TF-9J as an ADJ,1970-74 at Naval Aerospace Recovery Facility, El Centro, Ca. Fresh out of "A" school after learning the perils of jet intakes it took some convincing to get me to dive the ducts with the engine running. Learned to love it. Remember changing the emergency ignitors on the ramp with a hot engine and 100 degree OAT.

12/24/2009 @ 20:29 [ref: 25466]
 Jack L Gilbert
 Rio Rancho, NM
Pictures below of YORKTOWN TF-9J & FJ were taken just days after Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, SC, in Oct. 1989. Note that the FJ lost an outer wing panel and its canopy. Fury later removed from display. Current location unknown.
02/07/2009 @ 09:30 [ref: 23661]
 Phil Burke
 Taylorville, IL
I worked in the Para Loft in VT-21 in late 61 to early 64. When they had an empty seat I went along for the ride in the chase plane several times. The single seater was the AF-9J and the dual seat version was called the TF-9J as I recall..
09/07/2008 @ 16:10 [ref: 22628]
 greg beach
 estero, FL
i saw old emasculated cougars at memphis while at adj school,tires flat ,paint faded-never dreaming i would get orders to spend 2 more years working on real ones with vt21 in kingsville.worked on the line for awhile,then in oma tearing the j-48's down looking for compressor cracks.then into the engine shop doing repairs and trouble shooting till the ta4's came in.love to see pictures of those ta and tf-9's.got some pics in my scrapbook ,but don't know how to share em by computer.thanx for the site.
09/21/2007 @ 17:18 [ref: 17985]
 Bill Lagler
 Atlanta, GA
I was stationed at Kingsville from 1965-69, worked in the j-65 & J48 jet shop and test cell @ AMD I also remember the Gost Couger It was cleaned up checked out an put back into service.
07/13/2007 @ 18:14 [ref: 17089]
 Goebel Berry
 Loganville, GA
stationed with vt-23 1968-70.plane captain and later AE shop.I remember the christansen guy who also posted on this site.Flew back seat as troubleshooter.good memories.
07/07/2007 @ 15:01 [ref: 17033]
 Rich Vandiver
 , TX
I had the pleasure of flying the TF-9J in Advanced Flight Training at Kingsville, Texas (VT-21) and with H&MS-11 in DaNang.I flew many FAC and close air support missions with this aircraft. They don't call it the "Grumman Iron Works" for nothin'!
10/27/2006 @ 20:12 [ref: 14592]
 Lance Christiansen
 North Manchester, In., IN
As a young airman attached to Ground Support Equipment, I towed VT23 Cougars around NAAS Kingsville, Texas in "67-68". I remember when someone thought it would be cool to paint the Blue on the noses. I saw a lot of these planes crash, be repaired and put back in the air. I remember the one where the pilots ejected and the plane continued into the south texas desert; bellied in, and was recovered by an Air Force Skycrane helo. I think it was TF9J #314,and came back as 344 to fly again. This was a tough aircraft that maintenance workers could walk all over it and not dent anything.
06/19/2006 @ 07:38 [ref: 13546]


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