F9F-8

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F9F-8 Cougar
f9f-8.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.3/8.3/8.3BR
1 personCrew
5.9 tEmpty weight
9.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
sec32.1/32.1/27.0Turn Time
113 km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney J48-P-8AEngine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 127 km/hStructural
410 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm AN/M3 cannonWeapon 1
760 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombSetup 2
4 х AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 3
Economy
380 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 600 / 12 547/10 800 / 14 115/3 050 / 3 986Repair
280 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American naval jet fighter F9F-8. For other uses, see F9F (Family).

Description

GarageImage F9F-8.jpg


The F9F-8 Cougar is a rank VI American naval jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters".

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 610 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
1,019 988 12 500 33.7 34.3 17.4 15.9 500
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 610 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 12 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 500

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
1 127 410 620 ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 950 < 790 < 510 > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 3120 kgf No WEP

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm steel - in front of cockpit
  • 8.5 mm steel - behind pilot
  • 60 mm steel - armoured windscreen

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M3 (20 mm)

The F9F-8 is armed with:

  • 4 x AN/M3 20 mm cannon (190 RPG = 760 total)

Suspended armament

The F9F-8 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 х AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles

Usage in battles

First of your objective when you purchase this plane is to research as fast as you can the 20 mm cannons modifications. The F9F-8 default cannons get jammed in a quick burst.

This said don’t expect to defeat MiG-15 and MiG-17A very easily. The F9F-8 performs great defensing maneuvers and can keep up in turns with the MiGs (beware that doesn’t have the great acceleration that MiGs have).

This is not an air superiority aircraft, its main purpose is to support ground vehicles and planes.

The best tactics if you are new to this plane is to fly it like a F9F-2 or F9F-5 so stay near some allies and give them support.

  • Do never roll to hard over 750 km\h (466 mph) or the wings will explode
  • Do never execute maneuvers over –2 G or the wings will explode


Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Compressor
II New Boosters Airframe Offensive 20 mm FLBC mk.1
III Wings Repair Engine New 20 mm Cannons
IV G-Suit Cover AIM-9B

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good bombload options
  • Four 20 mm cannons can shred enemy aircraft and light ground targets
  • Slightly better top speed than on the F9F Panther
  • Can equip with AIM-9 Sidewinder guided missiles.
  • Good roll rate over 800 km/h (497 mph)
  • Faster than its predecessors

Cons:

  • Bad turn time overall; even the Hawker Hunter can turn tighter in some scenarios
  • Top speed is not great, but is not terrible either
  • Can't equip rockets
  • Cannot turn over -2G.
  • Rips very very easily in turns and rolls
  • Not good at retaining energy, have to be very strict in order to keep it
  • Poor acceleration
  • Guns tend to jam quickly without New 20mms upgrade

History

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Media

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See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USA jet aircraft
F-80  F-80A-5 Shooting Star · F-80C-10 Shooting Star
F-84  F-84B-26 Thunderjet · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 Sabre · F-86F-25 Sabre · F-86F-2 Sabre · F-86F-35 Sabre
F9F  F9F-2 Panther · F9F-5 Panther · F9F-8 Cougar
Other  F3D-1 · F2H-2 Banshee · FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232 · F-100D
B-57  B-57A Canberra · B-57B Canberra