Savage XAJ-1 BuNo 121460

Savage XAJ-1 BuNo 121460

This picture was archived from the web at the site http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/ssm-n-4.html. The same photo appears on page 4 of Ginter. Ginter points out the original large prop spinners and twin wing instrument test booms and dates the picture as August 16, 1948. Ginter's copy of the photo is credited to the National Archives.

 

Savage XAJ-1 BuNo 121460 refueling Panther

This picture was purchased from ebay. Actually I have two copies. One is an 8 by 10. The other is well over 24 inches wide. The release data on the back of the larger one assigns to it the number "USN 708695" and is dated 28 August 1952. The caption reads:

The North American AJ Savage refuels F9F Panther in evaluation tests at Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, MD. Modeled after the British "Drogue and Probe" method the Navy's in flight refueling technique is accomplished when the pilot flies his aircraft equipped with a refueling lance into the device fastened at the end of the hose on a tanker aircraft.
On the larger copy of the photo the BuNo of the Panther is discernible as 125240. The Savage is without paint--in natural aluminum. Although neither the release nor the photo makes the BuNo of the Savage evident, I Have identified this Savage as BuNo 121460 because of the similarity of the picture to the one found at the top of page 59 of Ginter. (One difference is presence of the "NATC" on the tail of the AJ in the picture on page 59. In the picture presented here that marking is absent.) Note that for these early evaluations the jet was temporarily removed and the hose with the drogue was deployed from the jet exhaust opening.