Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar: First Grumman Cat of the Jet Ageby Brad Elward
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 they 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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Brad Elward is an aviation writer and appellate attorney from Illinois. He hasspecialized 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.
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