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The LOOTM (pronounced LOOT-em or LOOT-um) is the Lust Object Of The Month. It is simply our current aircraft infatuation. Since it's an "Object," it has to be inanimate (though one could argue that aircraft come alive for us), and has to be special in some way. It is only our opinion, and is completely subjective, so any argument, while perhaps amusing, will not really sway the decision. Thanks, and enjoy.
Ever since I saw the movie, "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," I've had a fondness for this clean little jet. A product of the famed "Grumman Iron Works" it served in Korea with the Navy and Marines as both an air-to-air fighter and a ground support aircraft.
While the straight wings made for a relatively slow jet, it proved a match for the Yak-9 by downing two of them. Much more impressive, however, is the fact that Panthers shot down seven MiG-15s--four of them falling to a single pilot on only one day.
The Panther normally carried four 20 mm cannon and was powered by a Pratt & Whitney engine (though a few utilized an Allison J33--most were later converted to P&Ws). F9F's were the first jets used by the US Navy Blue Angels, and flew some shows as a mixed formation with Chance-Vought F7U-1 Cutlasses. Besides the US, the only other country to operate the Panther was Argentina, replacing them in 1969 with A-4 Skyhawks.
The March 2014 LOOTM
Grumman F9F Panther Jet
A pair of F9F-2 Panthers from the USS Boxer over Korea in 1951. More from Wiki here:
They didn't nickname Grumman the "Iron Works" for nothing. Here's an example (but, um, "What're ya gonna tell your Dad?). More photos here:
Inner details from a Russian web site here:
This Panther, photographed by Kendrick Shackleford, lives in the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. More great Shackleford photos here:
A commemorative Blue Angels scheme in honor of Commander John Magda. More here:
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