Mastercraft Collection: F9F-5 Phanter..
Wingspan: 12 inches
Length: 11.7 inches
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The F-9F Panther was the very first jet-powered produced by Grumman Aerospace Corporation. Developed in the 1940s, the Panther made its way to the Korean War as the primary jet fighter of the US Navy and was deployed for ground attack missions. Slower than its contemporaries, the Panther was nonetheless an able fighter, holding on its own in the face of enemy fire. This single-seat fighter-bomber aircraft was outfitted with four 20 mm M2 cannons, six five-inch rockets, and 2,000 pounds of bombs. In addition to serving the US Navy and Marine Corps during the war, this F-9 Cougar-derived aircraft also served as the first Blue Angels’ first jet aircraft. The Panther remained with the flight demonstration from 1949 to 1954. This aircraft also appeared in two movies in the 1950s— “Men of the Fighting Lady” and “The Bridges at Toko-Ri”.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!