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Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Grumman F9F-5 Panther

LCDR John Joseph Magda, USN

 
 
Grumman F9F-5 Panther Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
1. Grumman F9F-5 Panther Marker
Inscription. John Joseph Magda, Jr. was born in Camp Taylor,KY 1918. He attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green, KY. After graduation in 1940, he enlisted in the United States Navy and completed flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida in 1941. As a fighter pilot flying from the USS Hornet at the Battle of Midway he ditched in the Pacific, spending five days in a life raft until rescued. Later in the war, Magda scored multiple victories in the South Pacific flying the F6F Hellcat. After World War II, he flew the Grumman Panther with the Navy Blue Angles, becoming their Commander in January, 1950.

During the Korean War, while flying an F9F-2 Panther on a combat mission from the USS Princeton, Magda's jet sustained damages from the ground fire and crashed in the sea, resulting in his death at age 33 on March 8, 1951.

His numerous military awards and decorations include: the Navy Cross; the Air Medal with two Gold Stars; the Purple Heart; the American Defense Service Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; the World War II Victory Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Korean Service Medal; the United Nations Service Medal.

Grumman F9F-5 - BuNo 125992

The Panther being flown by Magda at the time of his death was an F9F-2, an earlier vision of the Panther
Grumman F9F-5 Panther Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
2. Grumman F9F-5 Panther Marker
on display here. The Panther you are viewing was accepted by the Navy on April 25, 1952, and has flown a total of 2,343 hours. Active duty stations include North Carolina, Japan and California. It was last assigned to the Naval Reserve at NAS Minneapolis on February 28, 1958. The aircraft was on public display at Winona, MN for a number of years. In November, 2007, the National Naval Aviation Museum gave special permission to restore the aircraft in Blue Angels colors and place it on loan to Warren County to be an exhibit in Aviation Heritage Park.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Crew:1
Length: 38 ft 10 in
Wingspan: 38 ft
Height: 12 ft 3 in
Powerplant:
1 Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6A
Weight:
Empty: 10,147 lb
Loaded: 17,766 lb
Max speed: 579 mph
Cruise Speed: 481 mph
Climb rate: 5,900 ft/min
Service ceiling: 42,800 ft
Armament:
Guns: 4 20mm cannon
Rockets: 6x5-inch
Total bomb load: 2000 lb
 
Location. 36° 55.179′ N, 86° 26.098′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Three Springs Road (Kentucky Route 884) and Smallhouse Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in
Grumman F9F-5 Panther image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
3. Grumman F9F-5 Panther
Aviation Heritage Park at Basil Griffin Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green KY 42104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Dynamics F-111F (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed T-33A-5 Shooting Star (within shouting distance of this marker); Northrop T-38A(N) Talon (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Skiles and Three Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); McFadin's Station / Cumberland Trace (approx. 2 miles away); Lost River Cave and Valley (approx. 3.2 miles away); Morgan's Command Organized (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Also see . . .
1. Park City Daily News (pdf fiel). Nov 3, 2007. Aviation park set to get Panther jet. (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Bowling Green, Ky Aviation Heritage Park. Lieutenant Commander John J. Magda, Jr. United States Navy, Deceased Killed in action, Korea, March 8, 1951 (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, KoreanWar, World II
 
Grumman F9F-5 Panther image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
4. Grumman F9F-5 Panther
Aviation Heritage Park image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
5. Aviation Heritage Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 866 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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