F9F Panther Units of the Korean War

F9F Panther Units of the Korean War

Paperback Combat Aircraft

By (author) Warren Thompson, Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Illustrated by Mark Styling

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 246mm x 8mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782003509
  • ISBN 13: 9781782003502
  • Illustrations note: 100 MONO; 40 COL
  • Sales rank: 107,123

Product description

In 1948 the USAF, Marine Corps and US Navy were concentrating on converting over to an all-jet force. When the Korean War started in June 1950, the USAF had built up a sizable jet force in the Far East, while the US Navy was in the early stages of getting F9F Panthers operational as replacements for its piston-engined F8F Bearcats. At about this time, the Marine Corps had also begun using the Panthers in limited numbers. Operating from aircraft carriers off the Korean coast, F9Fs helped stop the North Korean invasion within two weeks of the communists crossing the 38th Parallel. The Panthers, escorting carrier-based AD Skyraiders and F4U Corsairs, penetrated as far north as Pyongyang, where they bombed and strafed targets that the North Koreans thought were out of range. The Panthers also took the battle all the way to the Yalu River, long before the MiG-15s became a threat. The F9F's basic tasking was aerial supremacy and combat air patrols, but they also excelled in bombing and strafing attacks.

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Author information

Warren Thompson has had numerous books and magazine articles published over the past 30 years. His interest in the Korean War has spanned almost this entire length of time. Thompson has written books for Osprey since 1990, with his latest contributions being the Combat Aircraft volume on the F4U Corsair in Korea. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

Review quote

"If you are an enthusiast of the Korean War or the Panther, then this is a must have book for you. It is well researched and also reads well."- Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (July 2014)

Table of contents

US Navy Panthers strike early/ The war drags on /More missions and more MiGs /Interdiction, RESCAP, CAP and more MiGs /Marine panthers enter the war /Appendices