F9F-5 Panther

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F9F-5 Panther in the Garage.

The F9F Panther was a fighter-bomber developed by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation and used during the Korean War by the US Navy and USMC. It was also the first aircraft used by the Navy's Blue Angels aerial demonstration team.

The project started after World War II when Grumman proposed the XF9F-1 experimental aircraft (Grumman designation G75), a two-seat, four-engined aircraft for a contract to build a jet-powered night fighter for the US Navy. The company lost to the Douglas XF3D-1, but received funding to continue development of the XF9F. After jet technologies evolved to create engines with higher thrust, Grumman designed the Model G79, a single-engined day fighter. When the Navy realized the potential of this new design, they shifted funding towards the G79, which became the F9F Panther. Permanent fuel tanks were added to the wingtips to extend the range of the thirsty jet, but the added weight incidentally improved the aircraft's roll rate.

The F9F-5 is the last and most produced variant of the Panther. It is a further development of the F9F-4, which lengthened the fuselage to carry more fuel. The F9F-5 was re-engined with the Pratt & Whitney J48 engine, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Tay engine. The Panther was later developed into the F9 Cougar, a swept-wing aircraft with significantly more thrust.

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The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

Arcade Battles
The baseline Panther has very poor performance, losing a lot of speed in turns and having poor acceleration. Once the aircraft has been upgraded, it is a very powerful fighter. Its decent climb rate and 20mm guns make the aircraft best for Boom and Zoom tactics. The aircraft has a poor top speed, making it vulnerable to enemy F-86s and MiGs flying at higher altitudes.

Realistic Battles
The Panther will typically find itself outclassed. 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.

Pros and cons of the plane

Pros

  • Maneuverability at higher speeds
  • Excellent roll rate
  • Low altitude performance
  • Large armament with a high rate of fire
  • Larger fuel capacity in comparison with other fighter jets

Cons

  • Poor high altitude performance
  • Poor low speed maneuverability
  • Poor top speed

Specifications

Armament

As well-nigh every allied fighter with a jet-engine; the Panther comes with four twenty millimeters cannons, too. All situated in the nose, too.

  • 4x 20mm AN/M3 cannons in the nose, 190 rpg = 760 total

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AN M3

Pros

Cons



Payloads

Up to 2000 lbs of external payloads held underwing in the following configurations:

  • 6x 100 lbs bombs
  • 8x 100 lbs
  • 6x 500 lbs
  • 2x 1000 lbs
  • 6X 127 mm Rockets

bombs

bombs

Bombs

nation Mass name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
Germany ✙ 1000kg sc1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
Germany ✙ 250kg sc250 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
Germany ✙ 50kg sc50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
Germany ✙ 500kg sc500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
Germany ✙ 10kg sd10a 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
Germany ✙ 10kg sd 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
Japan ❁ 250kg mod25mark2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
Japan ❁ 500kg mod50mark2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
Japan ❁ 800kg mod80mark1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
Japan ❁ 250kg type92mod25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
Japan ❁ 500kg type92mod50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
Japan ❁ 100kg type94mod10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
Japan ❁ 50kg type94mod5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
Japan ❁ 60kg type97mod6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
Japan ❁ 250kg type98mod25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
Japan ❁ 800kg type99mod25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
Japan ❁ 800kg type99mod80 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USSR ✭ 100kg fab100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
USSR ✭ 1000kg fab1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USSR ✭ 250kg fab250 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
USSR ✭ 50kg fab50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
USSR ✭ 500kg fab500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
USSR ✭ 1500kg fab 1500m 46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USSR ✭ 3000kg fab 3000m 46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
Britain ♚ 453kg 1000lbs gp 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
Britain ♚ 453kg 1000lbs gp mk1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
Britain ♚ 453kg 1000lbs mc mk1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
Britain ♚ 113.4kg 250lbs 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
Britain ♚ 113.4kg 250lbs 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
Britain ♚ 113.4kg 250lbs late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
Britain ♚ 226.8kg 500lbs 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
Britain ♚ 226.8kg 500lbs 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
Britain ♚ 1815kg mk2 cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
USA ✪ 453.6kg 1000lb anm65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
USA ✪ 453.6kg 1000lb anm65a1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
USA ✪ 453.6kg 1000lbs 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
USA ✪ 45.4kg 100lb anm30 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
USA ✪ 45.4kg 100lbs 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
USA ✪ 907.2kg 2000lbs 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USA ✪ 907.2kg 2000lbs anm66 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
USA ✪ 113.4kg 250lb anm57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
USA ✪ 226.8kg 500lb anm64a1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
USA ✪ 226.8kg 500lbs 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm

Rockets

Rockets

Aircraft Rockets

Nation Mass Name Velocity Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Rocket properties High explosive Fragmentation
Germany ✙ 110.9kg br20 350m/s 210 100 210.8 5m 75mm 100 50m 10mm
Germany ✙ 3.85kg r4m orkan rocket 525m/s 55 0 0.6 1m 12mm 5.2 25m 8mm
Germany ✙ 2.78kg rz65 rocket 260m/s 73 17.5 0 0.9m 10mm 13.1 15m 8mm
Japan ❁ 60kg 60kg 340m/s 82 21.1 99.9 6m 60mm 0 15m 8mm
USSR ✭ 41.9kg rs132 350m/s 132 14 27.9 3m 75mm 43.3 25m 10mm
USSR ✭ 7.84kg rs82 340m/s 82 0 0.6 1m 23mm 16.9 12m 8mm
Britain ♚ 64kg hvar 420m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5m 75mm 98.6 17m 12mm
Britain ♚ 43kg rp3 350m/s 76 10.5 35.8 3.5m 75mm 56.7 15m 5mm
USA ✪ 583kg 11 75 in tiny tim 300m/s 298 17.5 1289.2 13m 120mm 183.4 45m 12mm
USA ✪ 64kg 5 in hvar 420m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5m 75mm 98.6 17m 12mm
USA ✪ 17kg m8bazooka 250m/s 114 3.5 6 1m 29mm 16.8 25m 7mm

Performance

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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. The airframe 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 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 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.

Skins and fan art

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

Additional information (links)

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F9F-5
Nation USA
Type Carrier fighter
Jet Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Jet Combat

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~5040 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~8082 kg
Takeoff Weight ~9636 kg
Wing Area ~23 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 2600 kN
WEP Duration 0.92 minutes
top speed ~972.00 kph at 0 m
Climb Rate ~24.40 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~613.44 kph
Turn Time ~27.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~217.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~11111 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~17818 lb
Takeoff Weight ~21244 lb
Wing Area ~250 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 2600 kN
WEP Duration 0.92 minutes
Top speed ~603.97 mph at 0 m
Climb Rate 80.05 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~381.17 mph
Turn Time 27.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~44.45 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
4 x AN/M3 190 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded 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 410 kph
Combat Flaps 607 kph
Max static +G's ~14
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <620 kph
Rudder <650 kph
Elevators <720 kph
Radiator >550 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 621 mph
Gear lmit 255 mph
Combat Flaps 377 mph
Max static +G's ~14
Max static -G's ~6
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)