Grumman F-9 Cougar

Første flyvning20. september 1951

Den Grumman F9F/F-9 Cougar was an aircraft carrier-based fighter aircraft for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Based on Grumman’s earlier F9F Panther, the Cougar replaced the Panther’s straight wing with a more modern swept wing. Thrust was also increased. The Navy considered the Cougar an updated version of the Panther, despite having a different official name, and thus Cougars started off from F9F-6 upward.

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The Grumman F-9 Cougar was a carrier-based fighter aircraft developed by Grumman Aircraft Corporation in the early 1950s. It was a modified version of the Grumman F-9 Panther, with a swept wing and tail to improve its performance at high speeds. The F-9 Cougar was the first jet fighter to enter service with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps with a swept wing design.
The F-9 Cougar had a single-seat cockpit, a nose-mounted radar, four 20 mm cannons, and could carry up to 3,200 pounds of external ordnance, including rockets, bombs, and missiles. The F-9 Cougar was powered by a Pratt & Whitney J48 turbojet engine, which gave it a maximum speed of 647 mph and a range of 1,300 miles. The F-9 Cougar had a wingspan of 34 feet 6 inches, a length of 42 feet 2 inches, and a height of 12 feet 3 inches. The F-9 Cougar had a service ceiling of 42,800 feet and a rate of climb of 5,240 feet per minute.
The F-9 Cougar served in various roles during the Korean War and the Cold War, including air superiority, ground attack, reconnaissance, and training. The F-9 Cougar was also used by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team from 1954 to 1957. The F-9 Cougar was retired from active service in the early 1960s and replaced by more advanced fighters such as the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II and the Grumman F-11 Tiger. The F-9 Cougar was one of the most successful jet fighters of its era and a milestone in the development of naval aviation.

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