STARFIRE
STARFIRE

Manufacturer

LOCKHEED

Markings:

354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Oxnard AFB, California, 1953

Designation:

F-94C

Serial Number:

51-5623

LOCKHEED F-94C STARFIRE

The U.S. Air Force recognized in the late 1940s that it suffered from a serious lack of a modern all-weather jet interceptor to combat the threat of Soviet bombers. The search for a quick solution to the problem led to the development o the F-86D, F-102A, and the F-94. The Starfire is a highly modified development of the T-33 trainer, incorporating radar and guns. The first F-94 flew in late 1949 and large-scale deliveries to the Air Force began the next year. The F-94C version was the result of further modification of the design and featured a new wing and armament consisting entirely of unguided 2.75-inch rockets housed in the nose and in two wing mounted pods.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 42 ft 5 in
  • Length: 44 ft 6 in
  • Height: 14 ft 11 in
  • Weight: 24,200 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 585 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 51,400 ft
  • Range: 1,200 miles
  • Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 turbojet 8,750 lb thrust
  • Crew: 2