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F9F-8 Cougar
General characteristics
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
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
380 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png14 740 / 19 795/14 370 / 19 298/3 240 / 4 351Repair
280 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 200 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.14 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American naval jet fighter F9F-8. For other uses, see F9F (Family).


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.

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


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1 127 410 620 ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 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


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.

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


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


  • 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


  • 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 20 mms upgrade


It was Grumman's engineers who first thought of developing their successful F9F Panther fighter into a swept-wing variant. The resulting Cougar was a very new design in many ways bucking post-war design trends. The fuselage, fin and rudder remained the same, however, the wings were completely new with a 35-degree sweep and lacking the distinctive wingtip tanks of the Panther. The engine was also an upgrade, a Pratt and Whitney J48 with an extra 1,000 kg of thrust over the previous J42. First flight was 20 September 1951, with operational trials starting three months later. Squadron deliveries began in November 1952. 706 F9F-6s with the original engine were produced, and 168 of the F9F-7 which used the Allison J33 turbojet instead.

The F9F-8 was the final version. Its prototype's first flight was December 1953. In this model, the fuselage was lengthened 30 cm to increase the space for fuel tanks. Wings were also modified slightly and a nose radar was fitted.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

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-4  F-4C Phantom II
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
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F9F  F9F-2 Panther · F9F-5 Panther · F9F-8 Cougar
Other  P-59A · F3D-1 · F2H-2 Banshee · FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232 · F-100D
B-57  B-57A Canberra · B-57B Canberra