The F11F was the US. Navy first supersonic fighter, that’s a fact. Sadly it left a lot to be desired in some important areas: range, payload, electronics and poor engine performance/reliability. The Tiger was nevertheless a quite maneuverable fighter. That quality and its simplicity made them the tool of the US.Navy “Blue Angels” demonstration team from 1957 until 1968, long after it was retired for its originally intended role.
Buck Danny heads the Blue Angels’ smooth Tigers while the Magisters of the “Patrouille de France” taxi bellow. The artist, Francis Bergese, is French, of course.