Lockheed F-94C 'Starfire'

  Base model:F-94
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Crew:Pilot and radar operator
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  Length: 44' 6" 13.5 m
  Height:14' 11" 4.5 m
  Wingspan: 42' 5" 12.9 m
  Wingarea: 338.0 sq ft 31.4 sq m
  Empty Weight: 12,700 lb 5,759 kg
  Gross Weight: 24,200 lb 10,975 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5A (A/B 8,750Lb/3969Kg)
  Thrust (each): 6,350 lb 2,879 kg

  Range: 805 miles 1,296 km
  Cruise Speed: 493 mph 793 km/h 428 kt
  Max Speed: 585 mph 942 km/h 509 kt
  Climb: 7,980 ft/min 2,432 m/min
  Ceiling: 51,400 ft 15,666 m

Known serial numbers
50-956 / 50-1063, 51-5513 / 51-5698, 51-13511 / 51-13603

Examples of this type may be found at
Minnesota Air Guard MuseumMinneapolisMinnesota
New England Air MuseumWindsor LocksConnecticut
Peterson Air & Space MuseumPeterson AFBColorado
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

F-94C on display

New England Air Museum

Peterson Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 billy shay
 bossier city, LA
I worked on all three models from 1951 to 1957. Alaska 1951 Newcastle Delaware 1951/1957. Like to hear from some old timers
07/15/2015 @ 17:13 [ref: 69169]
 Ernest N Anthony
 Universal City, TX
I ferried all but one F94C out of Great Falls to points East. The last one landed short at Elsworth.He forgot to add air speed for pylon tanks. I was in the 1738 Ferry Sqd. I also moved 30 plus C, B &A's to the Bone Yard in 1957/58 .time Have found five plus in the F94 Starefire book I ferried.
10/30/2011 @ 16:23 [ref: 49906]
 Sid Gates
 Denver, CO
I just loaded some flying video (8mm conversion) on YouTube of USAF pilot training and some flying activities when I was flying with the 27th FIS in Rome,NY. The first video contains a F-94C formation join up at approx 7:47 into the video."http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_timedtext?video_id=DK67irxkywI"

The second video (part 2) is flight operations at Rome and a special air show introducing the F-102.

Other videos are listed on my web site: http://www.sidgates.us

04/18/2011 @ 08:50 [ref: 37522]
 Richard N. Suter
 Mesquite, NV
Back from the Mosquito Squadron in Korea, and a Multi-engine grad from Reese, 55-H, I sniveled into an F-94C slot. Had to go to Craig, Jet Upgrade and then the all-weather school at Moody, then the C model check-out. My recollection after all of these years was a very skimpy ground school, and my airplane checkout consisted of another brown bar coming into the briefing room with a cockpit poster and laboriously pointing to things such as the attitude indicator, airspeed indicator, TPT, etc. Then my name showed up on the schedule. RO optional, but my back-seater, Lt. Joe Terrell mounted up for the ride. The squadron ops officer, a Major whose name is lost in history was to be my chase pilot. Briefing: "I'll be there, just go fly". So I did.
God, what a ride when the overdrive hit that J-48! Rotate, gear up before the nose gear speed limit, flaps and we're on our way.
Transmit from tower: "F-94 on take-off, you're on fire!" I did a quick zoom, hard right bank and could see my chase plane with a afterburner plume way beyond what was supposed to be there. But the old head handeled it coolly; I saw him pull up sharply, exercise a smart 90/270 AND LAND DOWNWIND, GEAR UP, TIPTANKS AND ALL IN A MASS OF FLAME. Now there are a number of crash/fire/rescue folks, unnamed and un-remembered that deserve a salute. Anyway, I graduated. Went to Bunker Hill
AFB, 319th "TOMCATS", Flew the "C". then the '89J, And then we got our 106s!

To be contiued,

12/15/2010 @ 21:26 [ref: 34309]
 Marlin L. Call
 Wynne, AR
I checked out in the F-94C at Moody AFB in the summer of 1954. My RO was Joe Sansolo, from New York City. We really enjoyed the Starfighter, but were then assigned to the 64th FIS at Elmendorf AFB AK and, somewhat disappointingly, the F-89D. UGHHH! Joe and I became lifelong friends. He is still going strong back in NY as Dr. Sansolo, DC, and we correspond and phone regularly.
One hot, moonlit, summer Georgia night, by his skill at interpreting the blips on his back-seat scope, Joe saved my bony ass from destruction (and his not-quite-so-bony ass, as well).
We were assigned the NE quadrant of the Moody range at 20,000 to practice intercepts on a T-33. Joe's scope was intermittent, then blank, due to a loose coaxial cable. He fiddled with it for a minute or two and managed to get it working again. In pursuit of the still distant T-33, while we were in a left turn -- belly up to the as yet unseen danger -- he excitedly reported to me a large target, close in, and on a collision course.
Joe commanded a hard-as-possible port turn to break it up, and when that didn't happen, a hard-as-possible starboard turn. As we rolled wings level, there, at about thirty degrees starboard, loomed the red light on the left wing tip of a B-29, seemingly not more than a hundred feet away! We were in our assigned area at our assigned altitude, but there it was! The GCI controller must have gone on a coffee break.
I hauled back on the stick, and we barely cleared the B-29's fuselage in front of the vertical stabilizer, then zipped under the fuselages of two F-94Cs -- which, as we later learned, were a student crew from the IP School and their Instructor chase plane.
Except for Joe's skill, we would have collided at about the left wing root of the B-29. It all happened as if in super slow motion. I can still remember seeing, out of the corner of my eye, the B-29 crew bathed in the red glow of their cockpit floodlights, staring up in fright as we zipped past barely above them.

Marlin L. Call, LTC, USAF (Ret.)

08/10/2010 @ 06:16 [ref: 28713]
 Emerson (EM) Spivey
 Greensboro, NC
I was a air traffic controller at MOODY AFB from oct 1954- aug 1956. and do i ever remember the F-94C.The loudest after burner i ever heard. dont believe their has ever been another jet that was that loud. One story: while on the mid shift in the Tower(12 to 6) the maint guys would do their run up durning this tiime.On this night maint crew called for taxi to the run up area. when they got prepared . they cut the afterburner on and off about 20 times in succession, or more. That white hot flame was almost a contunial blaze out the back of the A/C.the noise was unbeleaveable. it woke the base commander he was not a happy camper. do any of you pilots remember the "ROSEBUD, LONGBOY DEPARTURES"
07/01/2010 @ 10:07 [ref: 26851]
 will Jensby
 Santa Clara, CA
I spent 3 years at Dover AFB as an RO with the 46 FIS, except for 3 months attending the Squadron Officer Course at Maxwell AFB.
When i arrivedin April 1952, most of the pilots were from a Penna. Air Guard squadron. We had F-94B's then, later the C model. We had a squadron reunion about 10 years ago.

06/27/2010 @ 16:13 [ref: 26737]
 Sid Gates
 Denver, CO
The post below reminded me my first solo in the F-94C. My two most exciting solo's were in the PA-18 in Primary and the F-94C at Moody. There were no dual control trainers so we went to about 10 hours of ground school and then flew the airplane for the first time. We were told to retract the gear and flaps up then hold it on the deck till we hit 475. There was a joke at Moody that you could always tell a student on his first solo because he had a tendency to hold it done low longer than necessary and at 475 you covered a lot of ground.

Another fact I found out in recent years, the F-94C and the Mig 15 had the same basic engine. The British designed it and sold the design to the US and to Russia. The F-94C had an afterburner and produced about 8750 lbs of thrust and the Mig used water/alcohol injection and total thrust was about 1000 lbs less.

05/18/2009 @ 15:13 [ref: 24189]
 Sid Gates
 Denver, CO
Steven Nicolay- Today (5/18/09) I saw your post about your father. I think he was in my class at Moody AFB the summer of 1956. I car pooled to the base with "Nick" Nicolay. We left Moody near the end of Sept. and I went to Rome, NY with the 27th FIS. I later heard about the accident. There was a third student who also car pooled with us and right now I can't think of his name. He was from Alabama. My RO (Gary ??) at Moody also went to Dover from Valdosta. I have a very short video taken the day our class at Moody went out to get our first orientation of the F-94C. I am going to check the video and see if "Nick" shows in the film. I don't have any still pictures from Valdosta that I know of. If you want a copy of the video let me know. I can be reached at http://www.gates-sid.com.
Sid Gates
05/18/2009 @ 11:39 [ref: 24187]
 Boyd Lydick
 , OR
I first flew the 94-C at Moody in early 1954 as a recent Cadet graduate (54A). We were not allowed to use Afterburner on our first flight and I recall how it just lumbered along the runway, using most of it before lifting off. A/B was allowed on the 2nd flight and wow what a difference! I was airborne and clean by runway end and a few hundred feet in the air. My recall is SL to 45,000ft in 9 min. Spectacular for then. The 1.2 Mach dives were also exciting. I went on to the 64th FIS at Elmendorf, Alaska, flying the F-89D.
03/28/2009 @ 18:02 [ref: 24036]


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