Panther

Aircraft history card of BuNo 125992
The aircraft was accepted by the Navy on 25 April 1952 and stricken on 27 July 1959. It was flown a total of 2,343 hours. It was at the pool at Bethpage until May 1952 and then sent to O&R Norfolk from 20 to 30 June 1952. It was assigned to VMF-224 at Edenton (MCAS Cherry Point) from 8 August 1952 to May 1953 when it was transported on USS Corregidor to WestPac from 4-24 August 1953, still assigned to VMF-224. It was based at NAS Atsugi, Japan with VMF-224 until 3 June 1954, when it was transferred to NAF Advance base Oppama, Japan on 7 June 1954 to 24 August 1954. It was transferred back to O&R Alameda on 23 September 1954. On 17 December 1954 it was assigned to VMA-323 at El Toro, CA until 14 June 1956 when it was transferred to O&R Alameda on 9 August 1954 until 2 December 1957. The Panther was transferred to the Naval Reserve at NAS Minneapolis on 28 February 1958 and it remained there until it was transferred on 31 May 1959 and stricken 2 months later.

Panther Profiles

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General Panther Information
The Grumman F9F Panther series saw extensive combat in the Korean War for the United States Navy, accounting for over 78,000 combat sorties. The system was primarily utilized as a close-support strike aircraft but could hold its own against the Soviet-built MiG jet fighters fielded by North Korea and China. In the end, the Panther would become the most widely used fighter for the USN and be credited with achieving the first combat kill for the branch at the outset of the war.

The F9F Panther was designed as early as the latter staged of World War Two. The Panther was initially equipped with an array of four turbojet engines mounted in the straight-wing assemblies - a testament to how poorly the early turbojets performed in terms of output. As engine designs caught up to available technologies, the Panther was redesigned to accept just two turbojet engines - complete with water-injection boosting capabilities - now mounted in the wing roots. The addition of wingtip fuel tanks was also tested to good effect and would go on to increase the range of the fighter.

The F9F Panther straight-wing design would go on to be further developed in the F9F Cougar, a similarly-designed swept-wing version of this jet fighter that retained only the cockpit fuselage portion of the Panther. The Panther would go on to see success in the Korean War against both land and air targets and stay in frontline service with the USN as late as 1958. In the mid-sixties, the system would be resurrected once more in a refurbishment program that saw the Panther sent to Argentine forces.

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Specifications (Grumman F9F-2B Panther)

BASE INFORMATION:
Base Series Designation: Grumman F9F Panther
Classification Type: Carrierborne Fighter / Ground Attack Aircraft
Contractor
: Grumman - USA
Country of Origin: United States
Initial Year of Service: 1950
Crew / Passengers: 1
Production Total: 1,382*
*Sometimes an estimate when actual production numbers
are not available. A value of 0 indicative of NA.

DIMENSIONS:
Length: 37.24 ft | 11.35 m
Wingspan/Width: 37.99 ft | 11.58 m
Height: 11.32 ft | 3.45 m
Empty Weight: 9,994 lbs | 4,533 kg
MTOW: 19,493 lbs | 8,842 kg

PERFORMANCE:
Engine(s): 1 x Pratt & Whitney J42-P-8 turbojet engine generating 5,700lbs of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 545 mph | 877 km/h | 474 kts
Maximum Range: 1,353 miles | 2,177 km
Service Ceiling: 44,619 ft | 13,600 m | 8.5 miles
Climb Rate: 5,140 ft/min (1,567 m/min)

ARMAMENT:
External Hardpoints: 2
Armament:
4 x 20mm Cannons

OPTIONAL:
6 x Air-to-Surface Rockets
Up to 2,000lbs of Bombs

Major Series Variants:
• XF9F-1 - Proposed Model fitted with 4 x wing-mounted turbojet engines.
• F9F-2 - Production Model featuring straight-wing design and a single Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet engine; wingtip-mounted fuel tanks for increased range.
• F9F-5 - Featuring fuel-injection; Pratt & Whitney J48 turbojet; 616 produced.

Johnny Magda's Panther

Read about the Panther moving from Winona here.

Read the Daily News Article about the Panther (01/11/08)

Read the Daily News Article announcing the Panther (11/03/07)

Read about Panther Pilots Royce & Ted Williams

Read more about the different Panthers

Read about AHP's Panther Pilot, Johnny Magda

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