Short Straw, Korean War Book Review

Short Straw

Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Memoirs of Korea Page 11

Short Straw is a tremendous book written by Captain Bernard W. Peterson about the Korean War. 

The F9F Panther was made by Grumman aircraft.  It was 37' 5" long, 11' 4" high and had a wingspan of 38'.  The Panther weighed 16,450 lbs empty and 19,494 lbs Maximum gross weight.  The F9F-2 was powered by one 5000 lb Pratt & Whitney J-42-P-6 engine however there were several versions which also used two Westinghouse J34 axial flow turbojets of two Rolls-Royce Derwent centrifuga-Flow turbojets mounted on the wing roots.   The F9F had a cruise speed of 487 mph a maximum speed of 575 mph a climb rate of 6,000 ft. per minute and a maximum range of 1,353 miles.
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Captain George W. Parker, my very dear friend.  As a captain in Korea, G. W. Was flying F9F panther jets from the Marines/ South Korean base at Pohang Dong, K3. 

He flew with the VMF-311.  G.W. later retired from the Marine Corps in the early 1960's.  He went on to get his doctorate in Economics and was a professor at the University of Mississippi until retirement in the mid 1980's.  He served his country with honor and distinction. 


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