|North American YF-93A|
The YF-93A was originally the F-86C,
but was redesignated after extensive design changes needed to prepare the aircraft
for the USAF 'Penetration Fighter' competition. The McDonnell XF-88
and Lockheed XF-90
were also evaluated, but the USAF never acquired a 'Penetration Fighter'. A contract
for 118 production F-93A's was signed, but canceled before any aircraft were built.
The standard F-86 engine air inlet was changed on the first prototype (S/N 48-317) to two flush mounted fuselage inlets to make room for avionics and to further streamline the aircraft for increased range. The second aircraft (S/N 48-318); however, was completed with conventional engine air intakes. Both aircraft had unusual two-wheel main landing gear struts to support the increased weight caused by the large fuel load carried. Both prototype aircraft were used as test platforms by NACA before being declared surplus and scrapped.
Penetration Ftr.; F-86C; 118 canc.
Span: 38 ft. 9 in.
Length: 44 ft. 1 in.
Height: 15 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 25,500 lbs. maximum
Armament: Designed for six .50-cal. machine guns
Engines: Pratt & Whitney J48 of 8,750 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Lockheed F-94A & -B "Starfire"
This aircraft information is from the USAF Museum Archives.
There isn't a YF-93A in the the Museum collection.