F9F-2 Panther
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General info
The F9F-2 Panther is a Rank V American naval jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/SB) and 8.0 (RB). 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
Nation | Mass (nominal) | Name | Caliber | Drag | Damage Rating |
Radius | Pen | Damage Rating |
Radius | Pen |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
Bomb properties | High explosive | Fragmentation | ||||||||
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 | |
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 | |
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 | |
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 | |
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 | |
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 |
Aircraft Rockets
Nation | Mass | Name | Velocity | Caliber | Drag | Damage Rating |
Radius | Pen | Damage Rating |
Radius | Pen |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
Rocket properties | High explosive | Fragmentation | |||||||||
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 | |
Japan |
60 kg | 60 kg | 340 m/s | 82 | 21.1 | 99.9 | 6 m | 60 mm | 0 | 15 m | 8 mm |
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 | |
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 | |
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
Engine
- Max thrust: 2148.6 kgf (Stock), 2380 kgf (Upgraded)
- Takeoff thrust: 2487.6 kgf (Stock), 2719 kgf (Upgraded)
- Mass: 600 kg
- Max thrust: 2126.6 kgf (Stock), 2260 kgf (Upgraded)
- Takeoff thrust: 2465.6 kgf (Stock), 2599 kgf (Upgraded)
- Mass: 600 kg
- Max thrust: 2126.6 kgf (Stock), 2260 kgf (Upgraded)
- Takeoff thrust: 2465.6 kgf (Stock), 2599 kgf (Upgraded)
- Mass: 600 kg
Stats
- 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
- 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
- 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)
Supercharger Stage #1: 100%
Supercharger Stage #1: WEP
Supercharger Stage #2: 100%
Supercharger Stage #2: WEP
Thrust graph
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
Horsepower graph | Sidebar | Thrust |
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F9F-2 Panther |
Nation | USA |
Type | Naval fighter Jet fighter |
Fighting style | Boom & Zoom Jet Combat |
Metric✓ Imperial
Metric Imperial✓
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 |