Northrop F-89J 'Scorpion'
|  Base model:||F-89|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1948-Present|
|  Basic role:||Fighter|
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|  Length:|| 53' 8"|| 16.3 m|
|  Height:||17' 6"|| 5.3 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 59' 10"|| 18.2 m|
|  Gross Weight:|| 47,698 lb|| 21,632 kg|
|  Max Weight:|| 47,700 lb|| 21,632 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 2|
|  Powerplant:|| Allison J35-A|
|  Thrust (each):|| 4,900 lb|| 3,265 kg|
|  Range:|| 1,600 miles|| 2,576 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 465 mph|| 748 km/h|| 404 kt|
|  Max Speed:|| 627 mph|| 1,009 km/h|| 545 kt|
|  Ceiling:|| 45,000 ft|| 13,715 m|
Examples of this type may be found at
F-89J on display
Air Power Park and Museum
Castle Air Museum
March Field Air Museum
March Field Museum
Museum of Aviation
Peterson Air & Space Museum
Pima Air & Space Museum
United States Air Force Museum
USAF Armament Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Pledger A. Moon|
| After tech school at Sheppard AFB I was assigned to the 465 FIS at Griffis AFB in the spring of 1956. Initially I was on the dock crew but "persuaded" the AF to transfer me to the flight line. I was made crew chief of a/c 649 which at the time was a \"D\". I was briefly crew chief of 548 but 850, a \"J\", was transferred into our squadron and I was the first crew chief on it. I was crew chief of 850 until I was discharged in Aug 1959. I always considered 850 as \"my\" bird. |
01/14/2011 @ 08:46 [ref: 35648]
| Steve Desrosiers|
| There is also an F-89 at the New England Air Museum at Windsor Locks, CT. Outise storage, future project? |
12/04/2010 @ 17:57 [ref: 33885]
| Tim Long|
My Uncle, Joe Long, flew F-89s at Ladd with the 449th (I think) In '59-'60. Does anyone remember him?
12/01/2010 @ 17:51 [ref: 33866]
| Dale Bergstrom|
Lake Havasu City, AZ
| I was a aircraft radio tech working the flight line at Ladd AFB from 1958 to 1960 in 5060th CAM. Spent many a night pre or post flighting the F89J at 40 below. We were only supposed to stay outside for 20 mins, but if you had a soldering job to do the 200 watt iron wouldn't even heat up in 20 mins. AN/ARC 27 was command radio. Loved it, easy to maintain and did it's job well. |
11/05/2010 @ 14:16 [ref: 32998]
| Jim McIntosh|
Murrieta, CA, CA
| I was a Special Wpns tech supporting F-89J's and F-106's. Currently restoring the Pilots seat from F-89D/J 52-1905 looking for any history of the plane and parts for the seat project. |
07/23/2010 @ 15:15 [ref: 28384]
| Warren Parten|
| I was 2nd Lt RO in the 449th from July 1958 to Apr 1960. Pulled a lot of alert at Galena and "Genie" alert at Elmendorf, in addition to home alert. Our Flight commander was Capt John Store; other flight members were Wayne Wranosky, Charles Dutton, Joe Ivins, Joe Abbott, Jim Shaw, and Ed Harris. When the squadron disbanned the ROs went to SAC tankers; some of the pilots were fortunate and stayed in ADC, others also went to SAC tankers. It was great flying up there with little restrictions on our flight area. Good memories of the people and ground personnel. |
04/09/2010 @ 17:35 [ref: 26001]
| Ira A. Majo|
| As a very young & new AC&W operator stationed in Iceland I was fascinated by the F-89. I'll never forget while watching them perform a "Bubble Chek" flying directly at the site. Myself & a friend watching him head directly at us while standing on the roof of a building. He was "very, very low", so low we would have been hit if had remained standing. We both flopped in time just a he flew over. The results - all the hair on the backs of head was singed off and we went four weeks without a haircut. |
03/05/2010 @ 06:36 [ref: 25822]
| Dick Gardner|
| This is a very nice and informative site but I would like to add some information to your data block. Where it says crew the line should read pilot and radar observer. All those good back seat guys who look at this site will appreciate being included.
The service ceiling listed states 45,000 feet but there were a good number of intercepts I flew that began at 45,000 and finished up at 48,000 and more times than not a stall.
02/08/2010 @ 19:01 [ref: 25700]
| Dick Gardner|
| My association with the F-89 spanned eleven years starting in 1955 when I joined the Wisconsin ANG and became a firefighter. The unit (126th FIS) had F-89C models then. The following year I went to Aviation Cadet training to become a navigator/ radar observer, 1956-1958, training in the F-89D at Waco, TX. Upon returning to Milwaukee the unit had switched to F-89Ds so I flew in those back seats until 1960 when the 126th took on the F-89J. In 1961 I applied for and was accepted for pilot training, going to Webb AFB, 1961-1962, and when I returned to the 126th the unit changed missions to become a tanker outfit. So I switched to the 176th FIS at Truax AFB, Madison, WI where I flew the "J" model for three more years.
It was a good all weather bird and the maintenance we had was the finest as the unit was always up to the mission.
02/08/2010 @ 18:46 [ref: 25699]
| Philip D. Clark|
Was Stationed at Paine Field, Everett, Wa. 1957-1959. Was 32251E ( weapon control tech. ) on F89J's.
All birds had rails for the GAR 1 and GAR 2's. Never could get them to work tho.
Interesting aircraft, the term "lead sled" was properly applied.
Cross trained in 59 to ground support for new F106 generators and other equipment. Sent to George AFB, Victorville, CA.
All bases are now gone from AF. Hope I wasn't the cause of that :)
12/26/2009 @ 07:15 [ref: 25476]
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