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Grumman F9F Panther, Part 1: Development, Testing, Structures (Naval Fighters)

Grumman F9F Panther, Part 1: Development, Testing, Structures (Naval Fighters)
Autor: Corwin Meyer
Data publikacji: 1997-12
ISBN: 9780942612592
Wydawca: Ginter Books
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 1 x 20.8 x 26.8 cm
Oprawa: miekka
Liczba stron: 97
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Opis produktu:

The single-engine XF9F-2 Panther didn't just spring out of the fountain of Grumman's preliminary design team. The Navy inspected the mockups for the two prototypesin January 1946. The first flight was conducted on November 21, 1947. Because Grumman had declined the Navy's requirement to ship the Panther prototypes to the long runways of the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River to make their first flight, the Navy insisted that the first landing be made at the yet unfinished Idlewild (now JFK) airport's 8000 foot runway, which took the new protype over the densly-populated suburbs of New York City in a first and newly completed jet fighter.

This is a fairly typical Naval Fighter monograph. It's an 8-1/2" x 11", 96 page stapled card cover, with color restricted to the front and rear covers. It is "Part One", dealing with development, testing, and structures. Further volumes will deal with operations.

The book's author is Panther test pilot Corwin "Corky" Meyer. Actually, it is probably closer to the truth to say that the first 31 pages were written by Meyer. These pages are absorbing and well written reminiscences of Meyer's experiences as the panther test pilot. It is ably supported by numerous photos illustrating events in the text. There are a few glitches where Meyer speaks of a Rolls-Royce "Halford" engine (Frank Halford designed engines for De Havilland) but nothing major.

The rest of the book is more typical Naval Fighters fare. Pages 32 to 87 contain many contemporary drawings and close up photographs illustrating various Panther features. Then there are a few pages reviewing the various Panther plastic kits and finally a few pages describing the various Panther prototypes and production models. Here the F9F-2D is identified as the drone and the F9F-2K as the drone director. Surely this is backwards? Good stuff, for the most part.

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