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Grumman Panther - $3.50

The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and the U.S. Navy's second. The Panther was the most widely used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War. It flew 78,000 sorties and was responsible for the first air kill by the US Navy in the war—the downing of a North Korean Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter.

US Navy Grumman F9F-2 Panther Jet

F9F Grumman Panther Jet Grumman's first jet fighter design began somewhat unconventionally, largely because early jet engine development under Navy sponsorship made a false start. One of the engines under development and available to Grumman designers in the closing days of the war was the 1,500 lb st. Westinghouse 130. and in order to obtain the required performance four of these engines were considered necessary in the original Grumman design, which was for a night fighter. A contract for this design, designated XF9F-1, was issued on April 22, 1946, but as the design progressed, doubts arose about the method of installing the four engines in the wings.


The F9F-2 Panther Jet:


This was the first jet product from the Grumman 'Iron Works" and a healthy successor to the Hellcat and Bearcat. Used by both the U.S. Navy and the Marines, it saw action in Korea, scoring the odd kill. The later Cougar introduced an upgraded engine and swept wings.

Great links to Panther info:
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Three view of the Grumman Panther Jet

 

Grumman's first jet fighter design began somewhat unconventionally, largely because early jet engine development under Navy sponsorship made a false start. One of the engines under development and available to Grumman designers in the closing days of the war was the 1,500 lb st. Westinghouse 130. and in order to obtain the required performance four of these engines were considered necessary in the original Grumman design, which was for a night fighter. A contract for this design, designated XF9F-1, was issued on April 22, 1946, but as the design progressed, doubts arose about the method of installing the four engines in the wings.

The Grumman Panther

Consequently, Grumman decided to use a single engine located more conventionally in the fuselage, and turned to the imported Rolls-Royce Nene which was then rated at 5,000 lb s.t. The new design, for a day fighter, was designated XF9F-2, and the original contract was amended to cover two prototypes.

The first of two XF9F-2s flew on November 24, 1947, and a third prototype was flown on August 16, 1948, as the XF9F-3 with a 4,600 lb s.t. Allison 133-A-8; the latter engine was regarded as an alternative to the Nene, which Pratt & Whitney built under licence as the 142. Production contracts were placed initially for 47 F9F-2s with J42-P-6 engines and 54 F9F-3s with 133-A-8s, the Grumman cat' family being perpetuated with selection of the name Panther.

Assembly Details for the Grumman Panther JetProduction progressed simultaneously and both variants flew in November 1948, but the -2 proved superior, and 142 production proceeded on schedule, so the F9F-3s were converted to -2s and further contracts were placed to bring the total quantity to 437. First deliveries to an operational unit were made in May 1949, the receiving unit being VF-51. All production aircraft had permanent wingtip tanks, a feature not present on the prototypes.

 

 Use of the Allison 133-A-C6 was planned in 73 F9F-4s, but these aircraft were absorbed in contracts for a total of 655 F9F-5s with the 6,250 lb s.t. J48-P-2, 148-P-4 or J48-P-6A engine. The F9F-5 (and the projected F9F-4) had a 2-ft fuselage extension and a taller fin. The first flew on December 21, 1949, and production included camera-equipped F9F-5Ps.

Grumman PantherFlying off the USS Valley Forge, F9F-2s became the first Navy jet fighter ever used in combat when they went into action over Korea on July 3, 1950, and on November 9 the same year an F9F pilot became the Navy's first to shoot down a jet aircraft when he destroyed a MiG-IS.

After being succeeded by swept wing developments of the same design, the straight-wing Panthers were adapted for special duties including the F9F-5KD which was equipped for use as a target drone or drone controller. The remaining examples in service in 1962 became DF-9Es.



TECHNICAL DATA (F9F-5)

Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation,, LI, NY.

Type: Carrier-based fighter.

Accommodation: Pilot only.

Power plant: One 6,250 lb st. Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6A turbojet.

Dimensions: Span, 38 ft; length, 38 ft 10 in; height, 12 ft 3 in; wing area, 250 sq ft.

Weights: Empty, 10,147 lb; gross, 18,721 lb.

Performance: Max speed, 579 mph at 5,000 ft; cruising speed, 481 mph; initial climb, 5,090 ft/mm; service ceiling, 42,800 ft; range, 1,300 st miles.

Armament: Four fixed forward-firing 20 mm guns.