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The F9F-8B “Cougar”

 
 
The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 20, 2017
1. The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker
Inscription.

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 in fleet service into the early 1960's.

Specifications

Dimensions

Wing span        34 ft 6 in
Folded    15 ft 8 in
Length      41 ft
The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker - Specifications image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 20, 2017
2. The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker - Specifications
9 in
Height     12 ft 3 in
Wing Area    337 sq ft


Performance

Maximum level speed   647 MPH (at sea level)

Propulsion

One Pratt & Whitney J48-P-8 nonafterburner turbojet engine, capable of 7,250 lbs of thrust.

Weight

Empty   11,866 lbs
Maximum take-off weight   19,738 lbs


Armament

-Provisions to accommodate various underwing ordnance loads up to 3,000 lbs.
-Four 20MM guns mounted internally in the forward fuselage

 
Location. 38° 16.546′ N, 76° 27.742′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in Saint Marys County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road. Touch for map. In the “Flight Line” at Pax River Naval Air Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grumman A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); Cedar Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (about 400
The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 20, 2017
3. The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker
feet away); Against the Odds (about 400 feet away); The African American Monument In Elmer Brown Freedom Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Welcome to the African American Monument of St. Mary's County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Architectural Significance of the First Lexington Park Community (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceMilitaryWar, Korean
 
The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker - Specifications image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 20, 2017
4. The F9F-8B “Cougar” Marker - Specifications
Grumman F9F-8B “Cougar” image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 20, 2017
5. Grumman F9F-8B “Cougar”
Grumman F9F-8B “Cougar” image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 20, 2017
6. Grumman F9F-8B “Cougar”
VADM Don Engen & LCDR Harry Errington
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 191 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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