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This page is about the American naval jet fighter F9F-5. For other versions, see F9F (Family).
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The F9F-5 Panther is a rank V American naval jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.33.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m972 km/h
Turn time27 s
Max altitude12 500 m
EnginePratt & Whitney J-48-P-6
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight10 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 958 948 12500 27.8 28.8 18.1 16.6 800
Upgraded 984 972 26.8 27.0 31.5 24.4


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1000 410 581 548 381 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 620 < 650 < 720 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney J-48-P-6 1 5,225 kg 352 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 68m fuel
952 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 6,112 kg 6,522 kg 7,171 kg 7,819 kg 8,183 kg 9,636 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 60m fuel 68m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,730 kgf 3,085 kgf 0.50 0.47 0.43 0.39 0.38 0.32
Optimal 2,730 kgf
(0 km/h)
3,085 kgf
(0 km/h)
0.50 0.47 0.43 0.39 0.38 0.32

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 000 km/h
Gear410 km/h
  • 9.5 mm steel - in front of the cockpit
  • 8.5 mm steel - behind the pilot
  • 60 mm steel - armoured windscreen

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 670 → 4 917 Sl icon.png
RB11 410 → 15 289 Sl icon.png
SB8 230 → 11 028 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications112 200 Rp icon.png
180 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts370 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 300 / 370 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
7 500 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods jet compressor.png
7 500 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
8 500 Rp icon.png
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
9 400 Rp icon.png
15 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
9 400 Rp icon.png
15 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
12 000 Rp icon.png
19 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
8 500 Rp icon.png
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
12 000 Rp icon.png
19 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
FRC mk.2
7 500 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods ammo.png
8 500 Rp icon.png
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FLBC mk.1
9 400 Rp icon.png
15 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
12 000 Rp icon.png
19 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png

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


Offensive armament

Weapon 14 x 20 mm M3 cannon
Ammunition760 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M3 (20 mm)

The F9F-5 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

List of setups (5)
Setup 12 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 26 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 36 x HVAR rockets
Setup 48 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
Setup 56 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb

The F9F-5 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 6 x HVAR rockets
  • 8 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (800 lb total)
  • 6 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (600 lb total)

Usage in battles

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 poor top speed, making it vulnerable to enemy F-86s and MiGs flying at higher altitudes.

Realistic and Simulator 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 manoeuvrability are applied correctly. When engaged 1 on 1 with other jet fighters, its flaws (low top speed) can be exposed. Defensively, the Panther has an uncanny ability to escape pursuing enemies when using its agility to your advantage. The Panther greatly excels at the Fighter-bomber role due to its optional payloads.


The F9F-5 is equipped with an AN/APG-30 rangefinding radar, located in the nose of the aircraft. It will automatically detect other planes within the scanning area and display the range to the closest target. It is linked with a gyro gunsight and can help with aiming at close range.

AN/APG-30 - Rangefinding radar
Azimuth Tracking
Elevation Tracking
2,750 m 300 m ±9° ±9°

Pros and cons


  • Good manoeuvrability at higher speeds
  • Excellent roll rate
  • Decent low-altitude performance
  • Powerful armament with a high rate of fire
  • Large maximum fuel capacity


  • Poor high-altitude performance
  • Poor low-speed manoeuvrability
  • Poor top speed


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 crewmen 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 favour 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 favour of the swept-wing "Cougar". F9F Panther was the first jet used with the US Navy's Blue Angels aerobatic team.

In-game description

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.



See also

Related development

External links

Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
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