LOCKHEED F-94C STARFIRE

USAF SERIAL NUMBER 51-13563

Brief history

The F-94C was flown by the 109th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron and the 279th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron of the Minnesota Air National Guard from 1954 to 1959. The F-94, built to a 1948 USAF specification for a radar equipped interceptor specifically designed to counter the threat of the USSRs new Tupolev TU-4 bombers (a reversed engineered Boeing B-29). The F-94 was derived from the Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star which is a two seat trainer version of the F-80 Shooting Star. A lengthened nose area with guns, radar and automatic fire control system were added.

The first flight took place on 16 April, 1949 with a total of 855 being built. The F-94 was to be the first US production jet with an afterburner. The last F-94s were retired in 1960. The F-94 was used in combat during the Korean War, it is credited with several air to air victories, including the first jet vs. jet night victory. One F-94 is listed as lost due to enemy action, six more to non-enemy causes on combat missions, two were declared as missing on a combat mission and three were lost in accidents.

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Description

Cost: $534,073
Crew: 2
Length: 44 Feet, 6 Inches
Wingspan: 42 Feet, 5 Inches
Height: 14 Feet, 11 Inches
Engine: 1 Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 turbojet, Thrust with afterburner 8,750 pounds
Maximum Speed: 640 MPH
Range: 805 Miles (combat)
Service Ceiling: 51,400 Feet
Armament: 24 or 48 2.75 Inch MK 4/MK 40 Folding Fin Aerial Rockets

Interesting Facts

The museum F-94 was rescued from a playground in Marion, South Dakota. Having been derived from the T-33 and F-80 aircraft the F-94 had a seventy-five percent commonality with parts from those two aircraft.