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Grumman F9F-2 "Jolly Rogers" Lt. Lawrence Cauble, VF-61, USS Franklin Roosevelt (CVB-42), 1951
General Background
The F9F Panther entered service in 1949. It was the first Grumman jet fighter, first Carrier-Borne Navy jet fighter in combat, first USN jet to shoot down an enemy airplane, first jet aircraft used by the Blue Angels. A total of 1,382 F9Fs were made. VF-781 was the first squadron to volunteer for combat in Korea and were 100% volunteers earning them the name “Pacemakers”. The F9F flew 78,000 sorties with VF-781 flying 2,721 of them without a single loss of life. The Panther was removed from front-line service in 1956
The Aircraft
VF-61 was established January 1, 1943 as VF-17 “Jolly Rogers”. On November 15, 1946 the JRs were re-designated the VF-5B and on July 28, 1948 they became VF-61. In April 1950 VF-61 traded in the F8F-2 “Bearcat” for the new F9F-2 Panther. From January 10, 1951 to May 18, 1951 VF-61 served on-board the carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. One VF-61 pilot, Lt. Lawrence Cauble already had jet experience flying the P-59B Airacomet in 1947 and would later become a test pilot. VF-61 was disestablished in 1959.
Specifications :


1 X Pratt & Whitney J42-P-6/P-8 turbojet

  Rated at – 5,000 lb.s.t. for takeoff dry
  5,950 lb.s.t. for takeoff with water injection
Performance: Maximum speed – 575 mph at sea level, 545 mph at 22,000 feet, 529 mph at 3,500 feet
  Cruising speed – 487 mph
  Landing speed - 105 mph
  Initial climb rate – 5,140 feet per minute
  Service ceiling – 44,600 feet
  Normal range – 1,353 miles
Dimensions: Wingspan - 35 feet 3 inches
  Length - 37 feet 3 inches
  Height - 11 feet 6 inches
  Wing area - 250 square feet.
Weights: Empty – 9,303 pounds
  Combat - 14,235 pounds
  Gross - 16,450 pounds
  Take-off - 19,494 pounds maximum
Internal fuel capacity: 923 US gallons
Armament: 4 X 20-mm cannon.
  Under-wing loads of up to 2,000 pounds of bombs
  and rockets could be carried on eight under-wing racks.