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Old August 10th, 2010, 12:17 AM
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Does anyone know about the fighter jet attraction shown in this 1961 pic of Six Flags?



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Old August 10th, 2010, 01:19 AM
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I'm afraid I can't be of much help, except to say it was a real war plane, an authentic- what you might call "surplus" fighter. But what make and model, what branch of the service, and how Six Flags came to have it that year, I have no idea. I was 10, and to be honest, there was so many other things going on all around, it wasn't that interesting. You can see there were steps leading up to the cockpit area. That's all I know.

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Is that long white building the current-day Looney Tunes Mall?
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Is that long white building the current-day Looney Tunes Mall?
That's the one.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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BTW, that's a remarkable photo. Thanks. I'm adding it to my collection. Keep 'em comin'!

There are more of them at Davis' site -
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I looked it up and the plane is a TF9F or a TF8F. The Cougar was the swept wing variant of the Panther, which is what I was thinking but I wasn't sure. The Cougar appears to have been alternately designated as F8F or F9F. Although, Panthers have always been designated as F9F's. Navy designations are always very confusing to me. There were F8 Bearcats and F8 Crusaders as well.

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Old August 11th, 2010, 09:59 AM
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I looked it up and the plane is a TF9F or a TF8F. The Cougar was the swept wing variant of the Panther, which is what I was thinking but I wasn't sure. The Cougar appears to have been alternately designated as F8F or F9F. Although, Panthers have always been designated as F9F's. Navy designations are always very confusing to me. There were F8 Bearcats and F8 Crusaders as well.
I researched this once and concluded that it was the Grumman F9F-6 Cougar Navy Jet Fighter.

I'm not expert on Fighters, I just play one on the internet.
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My god all I see is a swept winged, white plane on the ground. I need better glasses or a bigger monitor!!
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I grew up being fascinated by airplanes, military aircraft especially. Unfortunately, I don't know much more about them than their capabilities and combat roles. My Grandfather worked for over 40 years in the aviation industry. If I was half as smart as he was, I would have made myself into at least half the man he was. I sure miss him.
Same here. I grew up near Carswell AFB in Ft Worth and started to develop my knowledge of military aircraft. Then it moved on into commercial aviation where I had a job and traveled based on the type of aircraft lol. This was back before AA had the 777 though.
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