Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Today we bring you a groovy shot of your blogmeister's most-favorite-est Korean War-era jet...

This here is a Grumman F9F-2 Panther named 'Papasan', the skipper's jet from VF-71, flying past Task Force 77 on August 1st, 1952 during operations against North Korean targets. On this cruise, which began in May of 1952 and ended in January of 1953, VF-71 flew from the USS Bon Homme Richard as part of  Carrier Air Group Seven.

The carriers seen in the photo are USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), USS Essex (CV-9), and USS Princeton (CV-37).


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