F9f panther units of the korean war and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. In 1948 the usaf marine corps and us navy were concentrating on converting over to an all jet force when the korean war started in june 1950 the usaf had built up a sizable jet force in the far east while the us navy was in the early stages of getting f9f panthers operational as replacements for its piston engined f8f bearcats. Oddly enough however theres a sad piquancy to f9f panther units of the korean war for it evokes a time when the united states could determine what it had to do then assembled the forces to go do it. The grumman f9f panther was a us navy fighter that saw extensive service during the korean war and was the us navys first successful jet fighter. Korean war with its two f9f 3 squadrons under the control of cvg 5 the panther shown here was operated by vf 51 many of the squadrons pilots would encounter north korean propeller driven aircraft during the first few weeks of the war and the us navys first aerial kills were scored on 3 july 1950 by two vf 51 pilots frank jones
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