Grumman F9F Panther Restoration

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Help us honor and preserve America’s Naval aviation history as we restore back to glory a Grumman F9F Panther—the Blue Angel’s first jet. This is a static/non-flying restoration project and our campaign target is $80,000.

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The Grumman F9F Panther in 1951 Blue Angels Diamond formation

Copyright: Wikimedia Commons

The Grumman F9F Panther in 1951 Blue Angels Diamond formation.

Panther jets from VF-51

Copyright: Wikimedia Commons

Panther jets from VF-51 “Screaming Eagles” during a sortie over Korea, 1951.

Grumman F9F Panther arriving at Warhawk Air Museum for restoration and display

The Grumman F9F Panther arriving at Warhawk Air Museum for restoration and display.

About the Grumman F9F Panther

The F9F-2 Panther was Grumman Manufacturing’s first jet fighter, first used in 1949 by the Navy’s Fighter Squadron (VF) 51. It first saw combat on July 3, 1950 flying strikes from the USS Valley Forge. During the Korean War, it was used in strikes by both Navy and Marine squadrons and flew 78,000 sorties. A total of 1,382 F9Fs were built before evolving into the Grumman F-9 Cougar.

The F9F was notably flown by future astronauts Neil Armstrong and John Glenn and by Boston Red Sox all-star Ted Williams. They were withdrawn from front-line service in 1956, and from Reserve service in 1958.
The Panther was the first jet aircraft used by the Navy’s Blue Angels from 1950 to 1954.

Grumman F9F Panther Specifications

  • Built:
    Original construction 1946, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp, USA
  • Crew: Pilot
  • Engine:
    Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6 turbojet engine
    5,000lbf with water injection
  • Armament:
    4 x 20mm M3 cannons
    6 x 5″ air-to-surface HE rockets underwing
    2,000lb of bombs
  • Length: 37’5″
  • Height: 11’4″
  • Wingspan: 38′
  • Empty Weight: 9,303 lbs
  • Max Weight: 19,494 lbs
  • Range: 1,353 miles
  • Service Ceiling: 44,600 ft
  • Max Speed: 575 mph
Grumman F9F Panther side, front and top illustrations



Read more about the project in our Summer 2017 Flight Lines Newsletter.

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