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Northrop F-89D 'Scorpion'

Description
  Manufacturer:Northrop
  Base model:F-89
  Designation:F-89
  Version:D
  Nickname:Scorpion
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Crew:Pilot
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Specifications
  Length: 53' 10" 16.4 m
  Height:17' 7" 5.3 m
  Wingspan: 59' 8" 18.1 m
  Wingarea: 562.0 sq ft 52.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 25,194 lb 11,425 kg
  Gross Weight: 42,241 lb 19,156 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Allison J35-A-35 (A/B 7,200Lb)
  Thrust (each): 5,440 lb 2,467 kg

Performance
  Range: 1,370 miles 2,206 km
  Cruise Speed: 523 mph 842 km/h 455 kt
  Max Speed: 636 mph 1,024 km/h 553 kt
  Climb: 8,360 ft/min 2,548 m/min
  Ceiling: 49,200 ft 14,995 m

Known serial numbers
51-0400 / 51-0406, 51-0407 / 51-0426, 51-0427 / 51-0446, 51-11298 / 51-11317, 51-11318 / 51-11357, 51-11358 / 51-11407 , 51-11408 / 51-11443 , 52-1829 / 52-1868 , 52-1869 / 52-1910 , 52-1911 / 52-1961 , 52-2127 / 52-2165 , 53-2447 / 53-2461 , 53-2462 / 53-2521 , 53-2522 / 53-2581 , 53-2582 / 53-2641 , 53-2642 / 53-2686 , 54-184 / 54-260

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Air Force Flight Test Center MuseumEdwards AFBCalifornia
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
Tyndall Air ParkTyndall AFBFlorida
Vermont ANG - 158th FG, BurlingtonBurlingtonVermont

F-89D on display

Vermont ANG - 158th FG, Burlington
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Frank McDonald
 , TX
I crewed a "D" model, 52-1914, while stationed at Ladd AFB, Fairbanks, AK. starting in Dec '56. Later, we swapped for "J" models and I had 52-2679. We were supposed to receive F-101B's but when they arrived, they were modified "D's". Ours had the 600 gal. tip tanks and 3 pylons under each wing. I was TDY to Elmendorf AFB for the first firing of dummy Genie missles.

When Elmendorf received F-102's, the remaining "D's" were flown to Ladd. They were older than ours and still had the older J-35 engines. We also supported Galena AFS, about half way between Fairbanks and Nome, in a bend of the Yukon river. We worked on them outside as the hangar was reserved for snow removal equipment! I had my first Jet ride in 914 while flying in a formation command performance.
02/07/2011 @ 08:40 [ref: 35945]
 JACK LANGHALS
 NORWALK, OH
SERVED AT MOODY AFB FROM 1952 TO 1956.CREW CHIEF ON 89D'
S.SERVED ON ROCKET TEAM 2 YRS.
WENT TO TYNDALL, 2YEARS TO COMPETE IN THE MEET WITH 89'S
94C'S AND 86D'S.THE 86D'S COULD NOT HIT THE RAG TOWED BY
A B29 OVER THE GULF TO SAVE THEIR BUTTS.
GEN.SPICER STOPPED, THE MEET AND GOT US ALL TOGETHER AND
SAID "WE ARE STARTING OVER AGAIN,WE HAVE PURCASED 2000 86D'S AND IT WILL NOT LOOK TO GOOD TO THE TAX PAYERS IF THEY CAN NOT HIT ANYTHING".THEY WERE SO DESPERATE THAT
ONE SHIP BROUGHT PART OF THE TARGET BACK ON HIS PITOT TUBE.
COL.DEAN DAVENPORT WAS OUR SQUADRON LEADER.HE WAS A
COPILOT ON THE B25 RAID OVER TOKYO.
IN THE MOVIE" THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO"HIS CHARACTER
WAS VAN JOHNSON'S CO- PILOT.
WHAT A GREAT GUY! TO SUM IT UP,I HAD A BALL!
THANKS TO MY AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE I WENT TO WORK FOR NASA.
07/22/2010 @ 17:28 [ref: 28370]
 JACK LANGHALS
 NORWALK, OH
SERVED AT MOODY AFB FROM 1952 TO 1956.CREW CHIEF ON 89D'
S.SERVED ON ROCKET TEAM 2 YRS.
WENT TO TYNDALL, 2YEARS TO COMPETE IN THE MEET WITH 89'S
94C'S AND 86D'S.THE 86D'S COULD NOT HIT THE RAG TOWED BY
A B29 OVER THE GULF TO SAVE THEIR BUTTS.
GEN.SPICER STOPPED, THE MEET AND GOT US ALL TOGETHER AND
SAID "WE ARE STARTING OVER AGAIN,WE HAVE PURCASED 2000 86D'S AND IT WILL NOT LOOK TO GOOD TO THE TAX PAYERS IF THEY CAN NOT HIT ANYTHING".THEY WERE SO DESPERATE THAT
ONE SHIP BROUGHT PART OF THE TARGET BACK ON HIS PITOT TUBE.
COL.DEAN DAVENPORT WAS OUR SQUADRON LEADER.HE WAS A
COPILOT ON THE B25 RAID OVER TOKYO.
IN THE MOVIE" THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO"HIS CHARACTER
WAS VAN JOHNSON'S CO- PILOT.
WHAT A GREAT GUY! TO SUM IT UP,I HAD A BALL!
THANKS TO MY AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE I WENT TO WORK FOR NASA.
07/22/2010 @ 17:22 [ref: 28369]
 JACK LANGHALS
 NORWALK, OH
SERVED AT MOODY AFB FROM 1952 TO 1956.CREW CHIEF ON 89D'
S.SERVED ON ROCKET TEAM 2 YRS.
WENT TO TYNDALL, 2YEARS TO COMPETE IN THE MEET WITH 89'S
94C'S AND 86D'S.THE 86D'S COULD NOT HIT THE RAG TOWED BY
A B29 OVER THE GULF TO SAVE THEIR BUTTS.
GEN.SPICER STOPPED, THE MEET AND GOT US ALL TOGETHER AND
SAID "WE ARE STARTING OVER AGAIN,WE HAVE PURCASED 2000 86D'S AND IT WILL NOT LOOK TO GOOD TO THE TAX PAYERS IF THEY CAN NOT HIT ANYTHING".THEY WERE SO DESPERATE THAT
ONE SHIP BROUGHT PART OF THE TARGET BACK ON HIS PITOT TUBE.
COL.DEAN DAVENPORT WAS OUR SQUADRON LEADER.HE WAS A
COPILOT ON THE B25 RAID OVER TOKYO.
IN THE MOVIE" THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO"HIS CHARACTER
WAS VAN JOHNSON'S CO- PILOT.
WHAT A GREAT GUY! TO SUM IT UP,I HAD A BALL!
THANKS TO MY AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE I WENT TO WORK FOR NASA.
07/22/2010 @ 17:21 [ref: 28368]
 Ron Patterson
 , OH
I was assigned to the 18 FIS as a crew chief on the oldest aircraft 411 and enjoyed the assignment. I liked the people I worked with and for and stayed in the AF for 30 years. My supervisor was MSgt Phil Becotte.
07/19/2010 @ 15:18 [ref: 28217]
 Pete Nicolos
 , KY


Ever try a split S in this beast? The safest way is start at 44,000 feet, 225 KIAS, roll inverted, throttles to idle, pull the stick back, deploy the "speed brakes",(they will only partially extend when above 250 KIAS), and keep pulling on the stick as much as you can, as between the "G" and airspeed limiters, you won't get all the back stick you would like, but with skill and cunning you will bottom out at about 10,000 feet.
What a machine! With landing gear forged by American Machine and Foundry, side by side with wheel axles they produced for rail freight cars, you are riding a downhill runaway locomotive. A thrill a minute, until I got into the F-86 D/K community. But thanks for the memories.
06/14/2010 @ 10:34 [ref: 26593]
 Pete Nicolos
 , KY


Ever try a split S in this beast? The safest way is start at 44,000 feet, 225 KIAS, roll inverted, throttles to idle, pull the stick back, deploy the "speed brakes",(they will only partially extend when above 250 KIAS), and keep pulling on the stick as much as you can, as between the "G" and airspeed limiters, you won't get all the back stick you would like, but with skill and cunning you will bottom out at about 10,000 feet.
What a machine! With landing gear forged by American Machine and Foundry, side by side with wheel axles they produced for rail freight cars, you are riding a downhill runaway locomotive. A thrill a minute, until I got into the F-86 D/K community. But thanks for the memories.
06/14/2010 @ 10:34 [ref: 26592]
 Pete
 , KY


Ever try a split S in this beast? The safest way is start at 44,000 feet, 225 KIAS, roll inverted, throttles to idle, pull the stick back, deploy the "speed brakes",(they will only partially extend when above 250 KIAS), and keep pulling on the stick as much as you can, as between the "G" and airspeed limiters, you won't get all the back stick you would like, but with skill and cunning you will bottom out at about 10,000 feet.
What a machine! With landing gear forged by American Machine and Foundry, side by side with wheel axles they produced for rail freight cars, you are riding a downhill runaway locomotive. A thrill a mimnute, until I got into the F-86 D/K community. But thanks for the memories.
06/14/2010 @ 10:33 [ref: 26591]
 BILL CRISP
 , FL
I was a RO at pqi from 1953 to 1956.would like to hear from any old buddies
BILL
06/08/2010 @ 19:57 [ref: 26568]
 Bill Martin
 Merrimack, NH
1956-1959 radio repairman on F89-D with the 75thFIS at Presque Isle.
01/15/2010 @ 18:30 [ref: 25580]

 

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