The Grumman F9F Panther and Cougar DVD is a collection of films and newsreels on the famous Grumman F9F Panther, the first operational American carrier-based jet. Armed with 20mm cannons and other stores of munitions, the F9F was used extensively and effectively in Korea. The F9F was also the first Navy Jet to be used by the Blue Angels. We hope you'll enjoy.
Film #1 - USMC Close Air Support - This is a USMC film on the use of close air support in Korea. This idea was developed at the end of WW2 and was used very effectively in Korea. In this film, the F9F Panther is demonstrated. This film is truly a piece of aviation history. Runtime of about 13 minutes.
Film #2 - F9F Blue Angels in Korea - This film was made by the US Navy and TV producers about the early days of the Blue Angels. In this story, the four Blue Angels are divided up on the carrier to extend their flying skills with other carrier pilots as they flew missions over Korea. And the drama starts from here!!! Great Naval film footage history. Runtime is about 24 minutes.
Film #3 - Carriers off of Korea - This is very rare footage of US Carriers fighting the North Koreans by naval armament. The famous AD-1 Skyraider, F4U Corsairs, and the F9F Grumman were the mainstay of aerial fighting against the enemy. Lots of carrier action and combat footage. Runtime is about 13 minutes.
Film #4 - The 7th Fleet - This is a Navy film on a short history of the 7th Fleet from 1943 during WW2 and then on to Korea. The 7th Fleet was known as the "FAST Fleet" and was a major reason the Communists were stopped. Lots of carrier action in this film. Plus, the post-Korea story of protecting Formosa. Runtime is about 13 minutes.
Film #5 - F9F Newsreels - This is a collection of F9F and Korea newsreels, runtime about 12 minutes:
Film #6 - F9F Weekend Warriors - This is actually two films by the Navy to persuade one to join the USN Reserve. The first shows a young man who joins the Navy, and hopes to fly one day. Great footage of the CVL 28 - USS Cabot - and aircraft like the F4U and F9F Jets. The second reel is of the USS Monterrey - CVL-26 - and the aircraft used in this reel are mostly the F9F Panther jets. Also the TBF Avenger and the SNJ Trainer. Runtime is about 8 minutes.
Total runtime for the Grumman F9F Panther and Cougar DVD is about 85 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.