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BLUE ANGELS TO FLY F9F-8
NEW COUGAR READIED FOR 1955 SHOW

Published in the January 1955 Issue of Naval Aviation News
Author & Photographer: Unknown


Lt. Scott delivers log book to Lt. Sonner


Lt. Cdr. Harry Sonner
Maintenance Officer 1954-1957

The Navy's famous precision flying team, the Blue Angels, will soon be flying the Grumman F9F-8 Cougar in place of the older model F9F Panther jet.

For a short time in 1953, the team was fortunate enough to fly another model of the swept-wing fighter, the F9F-6 Cougar, in demonstrations throughout the country. Circumstances prevented their continued use in formation flying at that time.

Lt. Dale Scott of VR-31 made the first delivery on the J48-P8 powered Cougar to Lt. Harry Sonner, Maintenance Officer of the flight demonstration team, at NAS Norfolk. LCdr. R. L. "Zeke" Cormier, leader of the Blue Angels, calls it "one of the best fighters I have ever flown."

Classed is the "over 600 mph" class, the Cougar's power-plant generates more than 7,000 pounds thrust at "full-bore."

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