Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar: First Grumman Cat of the Jet Age

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By the end of World War II, piston-powered fighters were at their absolute zenith. As good as those airplanes were, America's aviation industry found itself starting over in the Jet Age with new airplanes powered by anemic and somewhat cantankerous turbine engines. More importantly, just as these new aircraft were maturing, they were thrust into war in the skies over Korea. Grumman's first jets were potent aircraft in their own right, but also proved to be the building blocks from which two more famous Grumman ...

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Overview

By the end of World War II, piston-powered fighters were at their absolute zenith. As good as those airplanes were, America's aviation industry found itself starting over in the Jet Age with new airplanes powered by anemic and somewhat cantankerous turbine engines. More importantly, just as these new aircraft were maturing, they were thrust into war in the skies over Korea. Grumman's first jets were potent aircraft in their own right, but also proved to be the building blocks from which two more famous Grumman 'cats' were born - the legendary A-6 Intruder and supersonic F-14 Tomcat.

Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar tells the story of the pivotal F9F Panther from its initial concept through early design and manufacturing, flight test, aircraft carrier trials, and combat operations in the Korean War. Completing this story is coverage of the more advanced swept-wing transonic Cougar that goes on to become an effective trainer and photo-recon aircraft as well. Detailed appendices provide the reader with complete data on F9F production numbers, carrier deployments, and squadron histories.

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...This book about the F9F series is well done and offers a nice assortment of photos and supportive text. It is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071451
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 788,572
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Elward is an aviation writer and appellate attorney from Illinois. He has?specialized in naval aviation topics since the late 1990s, having authored books on the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, and McDonnell US Navy F-4 Phantom II MiG engagements during Vietnam. He writes regularly for International Air Power Review and formerly for Combat Aircraft magazine. Over the past few years, Brad has concentrated his writing on the new Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, its electronic warfare variant, the EA-18G Growler, and various US Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare programs, including such notable ASW aircraft as the Lockheed P-3 Orion, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, and Lockheed S-3 Viking.

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