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F-9 / F9F-8 Cougar

The Panther's success led Grumman to design a swept wing derivative and propose it to the Navy. The new design retained the fuselage of the Panther but included a swept wing and tail. The Navy awarded Grumman a contract for this new aircraft on 2 March 1951. It made its first flight on 20 September and was named the Cougar but retained the F9F designation. The Cougar was first delivered to the Navy in November 1952 and remained in squadron until February 1960. The Navy accepted a total of 1,985 Cougars with the designations F9F-6, F9F-7 and F9F-8.

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