Specifications for the
Grumman F9F Cougar
Carrier-Borne Fighter Aircraft
Focus Model: Grumman F9F-8 Cougar
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Grumman - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1952
Production Total: 1,392
Length: 42.16 ft (12.85 m)
Width: 34.51 ft (10.52 m)
Height: 12.24ft (3.73 m)
Weight (Empty): 11,865 lb (5,382 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 24,762 lb (11,232 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney J48-P-8A turbojet developing 7,200 lb of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 647 mph (1,041 kmh; 562 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,000 miles (1,610 km)
Service Ceiling: 41,995 ft (12,800 m; 8.0 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 5,750 feet-per-minute (1,753 m/min)
4 x 20mm M2 cannons in nose assembly.
6 x 5" (127mm) high-explosive air-to-surface rockets underwing.
4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range, air-to-air missiles underwing (later models).
2 x 1,000lb conventional dropbombs.
Up to 2,000lbs of external ordinance.
XF9F-6 - Original three prototypes based on the F9F Panther.
F9F-6 (F-9F) - Original production models based on the XF9F-6 prototypes; 646 examples produced.
F9F-6P - Photographic Reconnaissance Variant; sans cannon armament; 60 examples produced.
F9F-6D (DF-9F) - F6F-6-based drone director conversions
F9F-6K (QF-9F) - F9F-6-based unmanned target drone conversions.
F9F-6K2 (QF-9G) - Improved F9F-6K target drones
F9F-6PD (DF-9F) - F9F-6P-based drone director conversions
F9F-7 (F-9H) - Fitted with Allison J33 turbojet engine; most eventually re-engined with PW J48 engines.
F9F-8 (F-9J) - Lengthened fuselage; revised wings; inflight refueling probe; provision for 4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder AA missiles; 601 examples produced.
YF9F-8B (YAF-9J) - Single-seat strike variant prototype based on F9F-8 model.
F9F-8B (AF-9J) - F9F-8 fighters converted for ground attack role.
F9F-8P - Photographic reconnaissance variant of F9F-8B; sans cannon armament.
YF9F-8T (YFT-9J) - Two-seat trainer prototype based on F9F-8 fighter
F9F-8T (TF-9J) - Dedicated two-seat trainer based on YF9F-8T prototype; retaining combat capabilities; 377 examples produced.
NTF-9J - Special test airframes based on TF-9J mounts
YF9F-9 - Prototype airframe to become YF11F-1 "Tiger" prototype
Argentina; United States