The F9F Panther entered service in 1949 (maiden flight in 1947). It was the first Grumman jet fighter, first Carrier-Borne Navy jet fighter in combat, first USN jet to shoot down an enemy airplane, first jet aircraft used by the Blue Angels. A total of 1,382 F9Fs were made. The Panther was removed from front-line service in 1956.
The brightest and most colorful paint schemes usually are found on drones and training aircraft. In stark contrast to the light gull grey over white these trainers were adorned with big bold red stripes to make them more visible. Approaching the end of its military life the F9F-2 123412 was assigned to ATU-206 located at NAS Pensacola Advanced Training Unit.
Jack Stone pilot
removing the tail section from the aircraft for engine easy access
nose section removed for access the armament
retractable landing gear
The Panther played a prominent role in the 1954 movie "Men of the Fighting Lady" (also known as "Panther Squadron"). The F9F was featured in the flying sequences in the 1955 movie "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" with William Holden and Grace Kelly.
Folding wings and retractable tail skid. Originally the Panther's wings were designed to fold to the vertical as shown here.
Notice the slight dyhedral of the wings.
Pratt & Whitney J42-P-6 (a copy of the Rolls Royce "Nene"; the MiG-15 was also propelled by a copy of the Nene).
Nose section removed for access the armament (4 X 20 mm M-3 cannons)
Permanently mounted wing tip fuel tanks were added to the production model to increase the range.
Retractable landing gear.
6 × 5 inch (127 mm) rockets on underwing hardpoints. 2 X 500 lbs bombs.
Removing the tail section from the aircraft for engine easy access
hen I was a really young boy (about 8-9), there used to be one of these sitting on the ground all rusted up near a local county airport.
It had been welded shut & spray painted bright silver, so, I am guessing it had been a display at some point, but the airport is on top of a hill, so it had been exposed to some pretty bad weather over the years.
I went back up there & right about where the aircraft used to be sits a Air National Guard Unit now & no one knows what happened to the plane. Shame, as even rusted & welded up, with a crappy paint job, I had fun playing with it as a kid.
I would have had more fun if I could have got in it :P
Very innovative. I love the intakes and the nose: those are the selling features of this aircraft for me. The rest is flawlessly executed. One question: What piece did you use for the cockpit windscreen?
I've been researching the Nene (trying to figure out what an unknown engine was) and it looks like you got it spot on, which carries over to the rest of the aircraft. Good lego aviation models are hard to come by, and this gives me hope of spotting others on this site
John, this takes the cake as the best "scale" aircraft I've seen on MOC Pages. Your attention to detail is amazing. You have placed so many small details into this aircraft. You have done it justice. Regards, Eric.