The Panther was powered by a turbojet engine that gave it a maximum speed of 579 mph (932 kph) and a range of 1,300 miles (2,100 km). It was mostly armed with 20 mm cannons, but could also hold air-to-surface missiles and up to 2,000 lb (910 kg) of bombs.
Until the airplane was retired in 1958, close to 1,400 of them were made in a small number of variants. It’s unknown how many of them remain today, but stumbling upon two of them at once is a very rare occurrence. Yet here they are, two Panther jets, not quite ready to fly yet, but getting there.
We found the two waiting for a new owner on Platinum Fighters. The first is F9F-4, meaning one of the Panthers powered by an Allison J33 engine and with a longer fuselage, while the second an F9F-5, which generally came with a Pratt & Whitney J48 powerplant, but is offered with an Allison too.
Both are ready to enter restoration work that would eventually allow them to fly once more. They sell complete with “many spare and NOS Grumman Panther parts,” and one can get the pair for just $135,000. Or, if the buyer is generous, they could pony up $229,000 and get a third airplane thrown into the mix, an F-84G Thunderjet.