The carrier-based Cougar (Grumman design G-93) is a derivative of the straight-wing F9F Panther and made its maiden flight on 20 September 1951. All in all 706 F9F-6s plus some 168 F9F-7s (identical to the F9F-6 but with Allison J33-A-16A engine; redesignated after 1962 to F-9H). A number of different F9F-6 (F-9F) versions were in service with the US Navy:
The F9F-6 was developed further to the lengthened F9F-8 which flew for the first time on 18 December 1953. Some 712 F9F-8s were built by Grumman including a number of F9F-8Ps (after 1962 RF-9J) for reconnaissance missions. Additionally, 399 F9F-8T (TF-9J) two-seat Cougars were built after the two-seaters first flight on 4 April 1956 including some attack F9F-8B (AF-9J) and F9F-8P (RF-9J).
So all in all 1,985 Cougars were built for the US Navy and Marine Corps!
Also, the F9F-8T (after 1962 known as TF-9J) was flown for two years by the Blue Angels aerobatic team (1955-1957).
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