SCORPION
SCORPION

Manufacturer

NORTHROP

Markings:

449th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Ladd AFB, Alaska, 1957

Designation:

F-89J

Serial Number:

53-2674

NORTHROP F-89J SCORPION

The F-89 was the U.S. Air Force's first multi-seat, all-weather fighter. The prototype first flew in August 1949 and deliveries of operational aircraft began in July 1950. The F-89D introduced several refinements to the aircraft, most notably the addition of launchers for 52 2.75-inch rockets in the wing tip fuel pods. Starting in 1956 a total of 350 F-89Ds were converted to F-89Js. The changes included electronic and radar upgrades in order to carry the Genie air-to-air nuclear missile.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 59 ft 8 in
  • Length: 53 ft 10 in
  • Height: 17 ft 7 in
  • Weight: 42,241 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 636 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 49,200 ft
  • Range: 1,370 miles
  • Engines: 2 Allison J35-A-35 turbojets 5,440 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 2