By Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak; softbound; 102 pages
Features of Detail & Scale's newest publication, F9F Cougar in Detail & Scale -- Revised Edition include:
F9F Cougar in Detail & Scale – Revised Edition continues the Detail & Scale Series focus on specific aircraft details, including cockpit, fuselage, wings, landing gear, engine and armament, but it includes so much more. It features a detailed look at the developmental history of the F9F Cougar, that begins with the prototypes, and continues with the F9F-6 in both fighter and photo-reconnaissance versions, and the F9F-7 Allison-engined variant. It then covers the ultimate F9F-8 variant in its fighter, attack, and photo-reconnaissance versions, as well as the two-seat F9F-8T. This aircraft, subsequently designated as the TF-9J, filled a training role with the Navy until the mid-1970s, and was the only version of the Cougar to see combat when the Marines used the aircraft in the Fast FAC role in Vietnam.
A comprehensive pilots’ report is included, featuring reminiscences from five Naval aviators who flew every Cougar variant. The aircraft details chapter, long the hallmark of the Detail & Scale Series, covers the cockpit, windscreen and canopy, internal armament, fuselage, wings, pylons & external stores, landing gear, tail and engine assemblies. This chapter alone contains more than 180 photos, 144 of which are in color, that highlight every aspect of this important aircraft.
Finally, as with all books in the Detail & Scale Series, a detailed look at all of the scale model kits that have been released of the Cougar is presented, including the two F9F kits released by the Kitty Hawk Modeling Company in 2014 in 1/48th scale and the recent Sword 1/72nd scale kits.