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The F9F Panther was Grumman's first Navy jet fighter in a succession of famous "cats" which included the Wildcat, Hellcat and Bearcat. The development of the Panther began shortly before the end of World War II and the the first flight of the prototype occurred in November, 1947. Panther's were subsequently widely used by the Marines and Navy during the Korean War as ground support aircraft. The Panther was flown by many famous pilots of the era including Captain Ted Williams who flew with Marine Fighter Squadron 311 in Korea during 1953. This F9F Panther model includes positive alignment locators which assist the modeller with locating pins for easy, precise assembly. This kit also includes authentic decals for the aircraft flown by Captain Williams along with authentic instructions. The box is in investment quality condition. Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried.