COUGAR

Manufacturer:

GRUMMAN

Markings:

VT-23, Kingsville Naval Air Station, Texas, 1969

Designation:

TAF-9J

Serial Number:

141121

GRUMMAN TAF-9J COUGAR

The F9F-8 Cougar featured an enlarged wing and more fuel capacity resulting in longer range and better low-speed handling. When tactical nuclear weapons were introduced in the mid-1950s the Navy selected several F9F-8s for conversion to carry the new weapons. These aircraft were equipped with the Low Altitude Bombing System (LABS) and equipment for arming the weapon and were redesignated as F9F-8B. In 1962, when the system of aircraft designations changed this was changed again to AF-9J. Eventually, some of these aircraft found their way into training units and the designation was changed once again to TAF-9J.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 34 ft 6 in
  • Length: 42 ft 2 in
  • Height: 12 ft 3 in
  • Weight: 24,763 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 647 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 42,000 ft
  • Range: 1,312 miles
  • Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney J48-P-8A turbojet with 7,250 pounds of thrust
  • Crew: 1