Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The F9F-8B “Cougar”
The F9F-8B “Cougar” that you see here was graciously donated and transported to this museum by the city of Richmond, Virginia. It had been displayed at their visitors center for many years and had fallen into disrepair. As noted, thanks to a team from the U.S. Naval Test Pilots School, it has been refurbished and placed here for all to enjoy. Although this particular “Cougar” was never assigned to any activity here at Patuxent River, it is representative of the many “Panthers” and “Cougars” that where tested and flown here in the earlier days of the navy's transition to jet aircraft operating from straight deck aircraft carriers.
The first flight of the XF9F-2 (Panther) was in November of 1947 and the aircraft was powered by the British Rolls-Royce “Nene” engine. Straight wing “Panthers” were used extensively in the Korean conflict and the first Mig 15 to be shot down by a navy aircraft was destroyed by LCDR W.T. Amen, C.O. of VF-111.
The last of the F9F single seat variants, such as this swept wing F9F-8 Cougar, first flew in 1954 and continued
Wing span 34 ft 6 in
Folded 15 ft 8 in
Length 41 ft 9 in
Height 12 ft 3 in
Wing Area 337 sq ft
Maximum level speed 647 MPH (at sea level)
One Pratt & Whitney J48-P-8 nonafterburner turbojet engine, capable of 7,250 lbs of thrust.
Empty 11,866 lbs
Maximum take-off weight 19,738 lbs
-Provisions to accommodate various underwing ordnance loads up to 3,000 lbs.
-Four 20MM guns mounted internally in the forward fuselage
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, Korean.
Location. 38° 16.546′ N, 76° 27.742′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road. In the “Flight Line” at Pax River Naval Air Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grumman F-9J Cougar (here, next to this marker); LTV NA-7A Corsair II (here, next to this marker); Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk (a few Douglas F-6A (F4D) Skyray (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); AIM-9H Sidewinder Missile (a few steps from this marker); Grumman A-6E Intruder (a few steps from this marker); TA-75A Tow Tractor (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on January 21, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.