McDonnell F-3B Demon

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
McDonnell
Markings
Fighter Squadron 13 (VF-13), USS Shangri-La, 1963
Designation
F-3B
Serial Number
145221

McDonnell F-3B Demon

The Demon was the Navy’s first swept-wing, all-weather, missile-armed fighter. Design work on the F3H began in 1949, but delays due to engine problems resulted in the prototype not flying until 1951 and the first production aircraft did not fly until 1953. Despite the delays the plane’s Westinghouse J40 engine was very unreliable and failures resulted in several crashes. The engine was eventually replaced with an Allison J71, which cured most of the Demon’s problems. The first versions of the Demon were strictly interceptors, but the later F3H-2 model was a strike fighter that added air-to-ground capability to the design. A total of 519 Demons were built and the type remained in front-line service until the mid 1960s when they were replaced by the F-4B Phantom II.

Specifications
Wingspan 35 ft 4 in
Length 58 ft 11 in
Height 14 ft 6 in
Weight 31,145 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 643 mph
Service Ceiling 42,650 ft
Range 1,370 miles
Engines 1 Allison J71-A-2 turbojet 14,400 lbs thrust
Crew 1