Thursday, April 19, 2018

Grumman F9F-3 Panther with Emerson Turret

F9F-3withEmersonTurret-5 Here are some factory photos of a unique aircaft!

"Putting a turret on the nose of the airplane so the cannon could be aimed in a different direction than the airplane was pointed was a noval idea. Radar-aimed turrets were being developed for bombers and this was a logical extension of that effort. In the late 1940s, the Navy contracted with Emerson for the AERO X17A system that replaced the nose on the Grumman Panther, F9F-3 BuNo 122562." (Paraphrased from Tommy H. Thomason's article.) Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Tommy H. Thomason's great article here


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