Grumman TAF-9J Cougar

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Grumman TAF-9J Cougar
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