F9F-2 Panther

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General info

F9F-2 Panther in the garage.

The F9F-2 Panther is a Rank V American naval jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Panther will typically find itself outclassed as it often faces against more advanced jet designs, such as the MiG-15 or Venom. However, it does excel in a support fighter role. Distracted opponents are easy prey when the Panther's high speed diving and maneuverability are applied correctly . When engaged 1 on 1 with other jet fighters, its flaws (low top speed) can be exposed. Defensively, the Panther has a uncanny ability to escape pursuing enemies when using its agility to your advantage. The Panther greatly excels at the Fighter-bomber role due to it's optional payloads.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Decent manoeuverability at higher speeds.
  • Excellent roll rate.
  • Good low altitude performance.
  • Powerful armament with a high rate of fire.
  • Large fuel capacity in comparison with other fighter jets.

Cons

  • Poor high altitude performance.
  • Poor low speed manoeuverability.
  • Poor top speed.
  • Very fragile tail.
  • Battle rating of 9.0 (AB/SB) and 8.0 (RB), pitting it against planes like the MiG-15bis, the MiG-17 and the Hawker Hunter, all of which are effectively better at everything.
  • Cannons are horribly inaccurate unless the "new 20mm cannon" upgrade is installed.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 4 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannon, nose-mounted (190 rpg = 760 total)

Payloads

  • 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 6 x 127 mm HVAR Rockets
  • 8 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Rockets

Rockets

Aircraft Rockets

Nation Mass Name Velocity Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Rocket properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
110.9 kg BR 20 350 m/s 210 100 210.8 5 m 75 mm 100 50 m 10 mm
3.85 kg R4M Orkan 525 m/s 55 0 0.6 1 m 12 mm 5.2 25 m 8 mm
2.78 kg RZ 65 Föhn 260 m/s 73 17.5 0 0.9 m 10 mm 13.1 15 m 8 mm
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Japan
60 kg 60 kg 340 m/s 82 21.1 99.9 6 m 60 mm 0 15 m 8 mm
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USSR
41.9 kg RS-132 350 m/s 132 14 27.9 3 m 75 mm 43.3 25 m 10 mm
7.84 kg RS-82 340 m/s 82 0 0.6 1 m 23 mm 16.9 12 m 8 mm
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Britain
64 kg HVAR 420 m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5 m 75 mm 98.6 17 m 12 mm
43 kg RP-3 350 m/s 76 10.5 35.8 3.5m 75 mm 56.7 15 m 5 mm
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USA
583 kg 11.75 in Tiny Tim 300 m/s 298 17.5 1,289.2 13 m 120 mm 183.4 45 m 12 mm
64 kg 5 in HVAR 420 m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5 m 75 mm 98.6 17 m 12 mm
17 kg M8 Bazooka 250 m/s 114 3.5 6 1 m 29 mm 16.8 25 m 7 mm

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney J42-P-8 jet
  • Max thrust: 2148.6 kgf (Stock), 2380 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff thrust: 2487.6 kgf (Stock), 2719 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 600 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney J42-P-8 jet
  • Max thrust: 2126.6 kgf (Stock), 2260 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff thrust: 2465.6 kgf (Stock), 2599 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 600 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney J42-P-8 jet
  • Max thrust: 2126.6 kgf (Stock), 2260 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff thrust: 2465.6 kgf (Stock), 2599 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 600 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 913 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 19.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 939 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 26.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 34.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 904 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 28.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 926 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 26.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 904 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 28.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 926 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 27.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 26.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Performance

Horsepower graph

Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.55)




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1.74
2.32
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Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP

Supercharger Stage #2: 100%

Supercharger Stage #2: WEP



Thrust graph
410
590
780
960
1150
1330
1520
1700
1890
2070
2260
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8.4
9.6
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Speed in 100kph
Altitude in 1000km


Modules and improvements

The primary modules that will need to be unlocked are flight performance, handling (New boosters), and offensive 20mm belts. After unlocking these high priority improvements, then the focus is secondary weaponry. Without the new 20mm Cannon module the plane tends to have a high spread when firing its primary armament.

History of creation and combat usage

The Panther was born during a time when the jet engine was beginning to make its appearance into service. The United States Navy commissioned a jet-powered fighter for its carrier decks. Grumman began work on the XF9F-1 Prototype (Grumman designation G75). The air-frame would carry two crewman and implement four turbojet engines. At the time, four of them were planned to be used due to the low power output by early turbojet engines. This ran into several issues including taking up too much space on American carriers. Eventually the design was dropped in favor of the XF9F-2 prototype, Grumman's Model G79, that utilized 1 crew member and eventually a single engine. The British Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet engine was used for basic testing. Pratt & Whitney were eventually able to produce the engine and it was designated "J42". As the Panther moved along the creation process, items like wingtip fuel tanks were added to increase its range. Carrier trials with the prototypes were completed in March of 1949. The F9F-2 entered US Navy service in May of 1949.

The F9F-2 is the first production variant of the Panther. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney J42-P-8, a license-built version of the Rolls Royce Nene engine. The F9F-2B was a new variant of the F9F-2 which allowed it to carry 2,000 lbs of ordinance under its wings. Once all F9F-2s were upgraded to the B standard, the B designation was dropped and the aircraft were simply referred to as F9F-2.

The Panther entered combat during the Korean War. It was the primary jet fighter used by the U.S. Navy and Marines. It played a significant part in the ground attack role and flew over 78,000 sorties. It secured the first U.S. Naval air to air kill against a Yak-9. Famous F9F pilots included astronaut John Glenn and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams. Panthers were pulled from front-line service in 1956 in favor of the swept wing "Cougar". F9F Panther were the first jet used with the US Navy's Blue Angels aerobatic team.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the F9F-2Panther from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png F9F-2 Panther
Nation USA
Type Naval fighter
Jet fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Jet Combat

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4650 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~7458 kg
Takeoff Weight ~9636 kg
Wing Area ~23 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes yes
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 2260 kN
WEP Duration 0.71 minutes
top speed ~925.99 kph at 0 m
Climb Rate ~26.50 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~613.44 kph
Turn Time ~27.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~200.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~10251 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~16442 lb
Takeoff Weight ~21244 lb
Wing Area ~250 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes yes
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 2260 kN
WEP Duration 0.71 minutes
Top speed ~575.38 mph at 0 m
Climb Rate 86.94 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~381.17 mph
Turn Time 27.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~40.96 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
4 x AN/M3 190 rpg
Payload Option 1
Without load Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
Payload Option 3
6 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 4
6 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR rocket
Payload Option 5
8 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Payload Option 6
6 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 1000 kph
Gear lmit 400 kph
Combat Flaps 607 kph
Max static +G's ~16
Max static -G's ~7
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <620 kph
Rudder <650 kph
Elevators <720 kph
Radiator >550 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 621 mph
Gear lmit 249 mph
Combat Flaps 377 mph
Max static +G's ~16
Max static -G's ~7
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <385 mph
Rudder <404 mph
Elevators <447 mph
Radiator >342 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is not controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is not controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)