A comprehensive look at the paint schemes used on this iconic Navy fighter and the squadrons that flew it. The book begins with a general description of the three major paint schemes applied to the Cougar during its history. The overall Gloss Sea Blue scheme had been in place since 1944 for Navy fighters, and for all carrier-based aircraft from 1945. All F9F-6, F9F-6P, F9F-7, and early F9F-8 variants were delivered to the Navy in the Gloss Sea Blue Scheme. In 1955, a more visually impressive scheme of Non-Specular Light Gull Gray over Gloss Insignia White was established, which became one of the longest-serving military aircraft paint schemes ever, remaining in place for more than twenty-five years. Most of the F9F-8 and all of the F9F-8P variants were delivered in this grey over white scheme. All of the F9F-8T two-seat training aircraft were delivered in one of two training schemes, basically an overall Gloss Insignia White aircraft with varying areas of high visibility Florescent Red-Orange or International Orange paint. The Paint Schemes Chapter includes the official paint colours used and their corresponding Federal Standard paint colour numbers as well as colour illustrations of the paint schemes as laid out in official Navy documentation. Finally, a look at the dazzling colours used on Navy drone and drone controller aircraft is presented. The Paint Schemes chapter is followed by a comprehensive look at the colours and markings of the Cougar in service with all types of Naval and Marine aviation units. Ten sections cover all the units that flew the Cougar as a significant aircraft in their inventory, beginning with sections on fighter and attack squadrons. Navy photographic reconnaissance units are covered next, and these are followed by sections on Navy training and fleet air service squadrons. Next is a look at Marine squadrons that flew the Cougar in the fighter, attack, photo recon, and training mission areas. This is followed by a look at Naval Reserve squadrons that supported both Navy and Marine pilots. The chapter concludes with sections on test & evaluation squadrons, miscellaneous squadrons, and the Navy’s “Ambassadors in Blue,” the Blue Angels.
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