Designation: F-94C

Lockheed F-94C

Lockheed F-94C Starfire

A picture of the 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 of 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 Mighty Mouse air-to-air rockets housed in the nose and in two wing mounted pods.

Wingspan 42 ft 5 in.

Wingspan

Length 44 ft 6 in.

Length

Height 14 ft 11 in.

Height

Weight 24,200 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 585 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 51,400 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,200 miles

Range

Engines One Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 turbojet with 8,750 pounds of thrust

Engine

Crew 2

Crew


Manufacturer
Lockheed

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

Serial Number
51-5623

Designation
F-94C

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