Northrop F-89J Scorpion

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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