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Grumman F9F-5 "Vice Versa" 125307, VF-111, USS Lake Champlain, July 14 1953
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
In late 1950 VF-111 “The Sundowners” took their F9F-2B Panthers to Korea aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47). On November 9, 1950 VF-111 Lt. CMDR William Amen was the lead aircraft providing support to F4U Corsairs and AD-4 Skyraiders when five MiG-15s were encountered. During that encounter Amen became the first person to ever record a jet-to-jet victory. VF-111 was later upgraded to the F9F-5 Panther and completed more cruises on the USS Valley Forge, USS Boxer and USS Lake Champlain.
Specifications :




Engine – (1) Pratt & Whitney J48-P-4/P-6A turbojet @ 6,250 lb.s.t.
  Internal fuel capacity - 1,003 US gallons
  Maximum speed - 604 mph @ sea level, 579 mph @ 5,000 ft, 543 mph @ 3,500 ft
Cruising speed - 481 mph
  Stalling speed - 132 mph
  Initial climb rate - 5,090 fpm
  Service ceiling - 42,800 ft.
  Range - 1,300 miles.
Dimensions: Wingspan - 38 ft 0 in
  Length - 38 ft 10 1/2 in
  Height - 12 ft 4 in
  Wing area - 250 sq ft
Weights: Empty - 10,147 lbs
  Gross - 17,766 lbs
  Maximum takeoff - 18,721 lbs
Armament: (4) 20-mm cannon in the nose
  (8) Under wing hard points could accommodate up to 3,465 lbs. of bombs and rockets