The XF9-F2 Panther prototype first flew on 24th. November 1947 and four basic production models followed. This image is of the latest type the F9-F-5. Fitted out for Aircraft Carrier use.
Powered by a Pratt & Witney J48-P-4 Turbojet giving it a maximum speed of 623 m.p.h. and range of 1,200 miles.
The Panther carries four 20mm cannon and small underwing missiles.
Taken at the Valiant Air Command Warbirds Museum, Titusville, Florida.
(Well worth a visit.)
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. Total F9F production was 1,382. Withdrawn from service in 1956 it continued in training roles until 1960.