By Warren Thompson
In 1948 the USAF, Marine Corps and US military have been focusing on changing over to an all-jet strength. whilst the Korean warfare began in June 1950, the USAF had equipped up a large jet strength within the some distance East, whereas the U.S. army used to be within the early levels of having F9F Panthers operational as replacements for its piston-engined F8F Bearcats. At approximately this time, the Marine Corps had additionally started utilizing the Panthers in constrained numbers. working from airplane providers off the Korean coast, F9Fs helped cease the North Korean invasion inside weeks of the communists crossing the thirty eighth Parallel. The Panthers, escorting carrier-based advert Skyraiders and F4U Corsairs, penetrated as some distance north as Pyongyang, the place they bombed and strafed ambitions that the North Koreans idea have been out of variety. The Panthers additionally took the conflict all of the method to the Yalu River, lengthy ahead of the MiG-15s grew to become a hazard. The F9F's uncomplicated tasking used to be aerial supremacy and wrestle air patrols, yet in addition they excelled in bombing and strafing assaults. The Marine Corps, with its Panther squadrons, used to be additionally interested by shut air aid and interdiction close to the frontlines. there have been a complete of 32 Panther squadron deployments in the course of the warfare, besides a number of certain detachments that operated the F9F-2/5P unarmed photo-reconnaissance models.
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He went into the sun and I lost him, then I saw the leader and wingman come around for a diving attack on me. I turned into them and fired at the leader. He turned away and the wingman rolled down on me, and we went past belly-to-belly as I raked him with a long burst. 57 CHAPTER THREE 58 He went down on fire’. Williams duly pulled up and away from the burning enemy fighter. ‘The section leader then came around, and I turned into him and opened fire. He too went down. The Leader then came around again and I fired, and parts came off him as he dove away’.
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Being able to come so close in-shore meant that carrier aircraft could reach the Yalu River and have ample loiter time over targets in this area. com I N T E R D I C T I O N , R E S C A P, C A S A N D M O R E M i G S The pilot of this F9F-5 Panther from VF-51 experienced trouble lowering the jet’s right main gear on final approach to Valley Forge during the spring of 1953, but he still managed to make a safe landing. Deck crew would now be charged with removing the fighter as swiftly as possible in order to get the carrier fit for recovering aircraft once again.