GRUMMAN F9F PANTHER / COUGAR

PANTHER / COUGAR SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Grumman Aircraft Engr. Corp., Bethpage, Long Is., New York, USA
Models: G-75, G-79, G-93, G-94, G-99, G-100, G-105
Designations: F9F; F-9
Names: Panther, Cougar
First official flight: (XF9F-2 Panther) 21/11/1947
(XF9F-6 Cougar) 20/09/1951
Factory production period: 1947 - 1960
Primary service period: 1949 - 1960
Last official flight: (TF-9J) 02/1974

PANTHER / COUGAR VARIANTS

F9F Panther

1947 Model G-79 XF9F-2 2  
1948 Model G-79 F9F-2 567 Total: 0569
         
1948 Model G-79 XF9F-3 1  
1948 Model G-79 F9F-3 54 Total: 0055
         
1950 Model G-79 F9F-5 725  
1951 Model G-79 F9F-5P 36 Total: 0761

Grand Total: 1385

F9F Cougar

1951 Model G-93 XF9F-6 3  
1951 Model G-93 F9F-6 646  
1954 Model G-93 F9F-6P 60 Total: 0709
         
1953 Model G-93 F9F-7 168 Total: 0168
         
1954 Model G-99 F9F-8 601  
1955 Model G-99 F9F-8P 110  
1956 Model G-105 YF9F-8T 1  
1956 Model G-105 F9F-8T 399 Total: 1111

Grand Total: 1988

 

GRAND TOTAL: 3373

PANTHER / COUGAR PRODUCTION

F9F Panther

(Model G-75) XF9F-1 - 1946, proposed four-engined jet fighter, project only.

XF9F-2
Prototype single-engined, straight wing,
carrier-based, jet fighter.
Produced 1947

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.122475, 122477 ?

Total: 0002

F9F-2
As XF9F-2, engine upgrade, minor
changes. 54 also converted from F9F-3.
Produced 1948 - 1950

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.122563, 122567 ?  
BuNo.122569, 122570 ?  
BuNo.122572 ?  
BuNo.122586 / 122589 ?  
BuNo.123016 / 123019 ?  
BuNo.123044 / 123067 ?  
BuNo.123077 / 123086 ?  
BuNo.123397 / 123713 ?  
BuNo.125083 / 125155 ?  
BuNo.127086 / 127215 ? Total: 0567
27 additional airframes cancelled.

XF9F-3
As XF9F-2, engine upgrade.
Produced 1948

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.122476 ?

Total: 0001

F9F-3
As XF9F-3, all later retrofitted to
F9F-2 standard.
Produced 1948 - 1949

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.122560 / 122562 ?  
BuNo.122564 / 122566 ?  
BuNo.122568, 122571 ?  
BuNo.122573 / 122585 ?  
BuNo.123020 / 123043 ?  
BuNo.123068 / 123076 ? Total: 0054
1 additional airframe cancelled.

F9F-5
As XF5F-5, longer rear fuselage,
taller tail, further engine upgrade.
Produced 1950 - 1953

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.125080 / 125082 ?  
BuNo.125156 / 125313 ?  
BuNo.125414 / 125443
- Originally ordered as
BuNo. 125447 / 125476.
?  
BuNo.125489 / 125499 ?  
BuNo.125533 / 125648 ?  
BuNo.125893 / 126256 ?  
BuNo.126627 / 126669 ? Total: 0725

F9F-5P
As F9F-5, photo reconn. version,
longer nose.
Produced 1951

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.125314 / 125321 ?  
BuNo.126265 / 126290 ?  
BuNo.127471, 127472 ? Total: 0036

 

Grand Total: 1385

F9F Cougar

XF9F-6
As F9F-5, prototype with swept wing design,
last aircraft as static test airframe.
Produced 1951

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.126670 / 126672 ?

Total: 0003

F9F-6
As XF9F-6, engine upgrade, minor changes.
Produced 1951 - 1954

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.126257 / 126264 ?  
BuNo.127216 / 127470 ?  
BuNo.128055 / 128294 ?  
BuNo.130920 / 131062 ? Total: 0646
189 additional airframes cancelled.

F9F-6P
As F9F-6, photo reconn. version,
longer nose.
Produced 1954 - 1955

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.127473 / 127492 ?  
BuNo.128295 / 128310 ?  
BuNo.131252 / 131255 ?  
BuNo.134446 / 134465 ? Total: 0060

F9F-7
As F9F-6, engine upgrade. Most
later retrofitted to F9F-6 standard.
Produced 1953 - 1954

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.130752 / 130919 ?

Total: 0168

F9F-8
As F9F-6, longer center fuselage,
engine upgrade, minor changes.
Produced 1953 - 1957

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.131063 / 131251 ?  
BuNo.134234 / 134244 ?  
BuNo.138823 / 138898 ?  
BuNo.141030 / 141229 ?  
BuNo.141648 / 141666 ?  
BuNo.144271 / 144376 ? Total: 0601

F9F-8P
As F9F-8, photo reconn. version,
longer nose.
Produced 1955 - 1957

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.141668 / 141727 ?  
BuNo.144377 / 144426 ? Total: 0110

YF9F-8T
As F9F-8, prototype two-seater trainer.
Produced 1955 - 1956

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.141667 ?

Total: 0001

F9F-8T
As YF9F-8T, two-seater trainers.
Produced 1956 - 1960

Grumman Bethpage, New York (F)

BuNo.142437 / 142532 ?  
BuNo.142954 / 143012 ?  
BuNo.146342 / 146425 ?  
BuNo.147270 / 147429 ? Total: 0399

F9F-9 - 1954, original designation for the Grumman (Model G-98)
              F11F-1 Tiger, 201 built, redesignated as F-11A in 1962.
Model G-100 - Proposed F9F-9 development, cancelled.

Grand Total: 1988

PANTHER / COUGAR CONVERSIONS

F9F Panther

US Navy

F9F-2B 1+ F9F-2, six underwing stores pylons.
F9F-2D 1+ F9F-2, drone director conversions.
F9F-2KD 1+ F9F-2, radio controlled target drone conversions.
F9F-2P 1+ F9F-2, photo reconnaissance conversions.
XF9F-4 2 F9F-2(123084, 123086), 1950, prototype with engine upgrade.
109 ordered as F9F-4, completed as F9F-5.
XF9F-5 1 F9F-2(123085), 1949, prototype with engine upgrade.
F9F-5K 1+ F9F-5, target drone conversions.
F9F-5KD 1+ F9F-5, radio controlled target drone conversions.

F9F Cougar

US Navy

F9F-6D 1+ F9F-6, drone director conversions.
F9F-6K 1+ F9F-6, target drone conversions.
(F9F-6K2) 1+ F9F-6K, upgraded target drones.
F9F-6PD 2 F9F-6P, drone director conversions.
YF9F-8B 1 F9F-8, prototype close air support conversion.
F9F-8B 1+ F9F-8, close air support conversions.
Model 94A 2 F9F-7(130862, 130863), 1955, prototypes for carrier landing system.

US Navy (1962 redesignations)

DF-9E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-5KD.
F-9F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-6.
DF-9F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-6D.
QF-9F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-6K.
RF-9F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-6P.
QF-9G 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-6K2.
F-9H 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-7.
F-9J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-8.
(QF-9J) 1+ F-9J, radio controlled target drone conversions.
YAF-9J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the YF9F-8B.
AF-9J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-8B.
(TAF-9J) 1+ AF-9J, trainer conversions.
RF-9J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-8P.
YTF-9J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the YF9F-8T.
TF-9J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the F9F-8T.
(NTF-9J) 2 TF-9J, permanent conversions for test duties.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - Panthers and Cougars in military service with Argentina.

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