Short Straw, Korean War Book Review


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Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Memoirs of Korea Page 13

The Grumman F9F Panther jet fighter over NAS North Island (naval air station) during 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 centrifugal-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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grumman f9f -2 panther over north island during the korean war
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Grumman F9F-2 Panther jet fighter over North Island, San Diego, during the Korean War, first introduced there in 1949.  The later version of the F9F, with swept wings, was called the Cougar


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