Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Grumman F9F-5 Panther
LCDR John Joseph Magda, USN
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;
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 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.
Length: 38 ft 10 in
Wingspan: 38 ft
Height: 12 ft 3 in
1 Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6A
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
Guns: 4 20mm cannon
Total bomb load: 2000 lb
Location. 36° 55.179′ N, 86° 26.098′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green KY 42104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 965 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.