FAA Cougar

In the mid 1950s, with forces comitted to various areas of the world, the Fleet Air Arm recognised that its existing force of fighters ( mainly Seahawks and Sea Venoms ) were becoming overstretched and needed reinforcing. With both Armstrong Whitworth and DeHavilland already struggling under heavy production commitments, it was decided to seek an off-the-shelf carrier capable fighter to supplement the existing carrier squadrons, leading to the purchase of 32 Grumman F9F Cougars in 1958. Although limited to primarily day-fighter use due to its lack of an AI radar, the Cougar was popular with its pilots.