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LOCKHEED F-94C "STARFIRE"

Lockheed F-94C

The F-94 series all-weather interceptors were developed from the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. The prototype F-94 first flew on July 1, 1949. The Starfire was subsequently produced in the -A, -B, and -C series. The F-94C (originally designated the F-97A) was a fundamental redesign of the F-94B and made its first flight on January 18, 1950.

Improvements in the F-94C included a higher thrust engine, single point refueling, a redesigned wing, a sweptback horizontal stabilizer, upgraded fire-control and navigation systems and, later, mid-wing rocket pods. Twenty-four rockets were carried in the nose in a ring around the radome, shielded by retractable doors, with an additional 24 in the wing pods, if installed. The F-94C carried no guns. Starfires were employed in the air defense of the Continental U.S. in the 1950s. In the F-94A form, they served as the first all-jet all-weather interceptor for the Air Defense Command. The last F-94Cs were withdrawn from USAF service in 1959.

The aircraft on display has been painted to represent an F-94C assigned to the 60th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Otis AFB, Mass. during the late 1950s.

SPECIFICATIONS
Span: 37 ft. 4 in.
Length: 44 ft. 6 in.
Height: 14 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 24,000 lbs. loaded
Armament: Twenty-four 2.75 in. Folding Fin Air Rockets (FFARs) in nose and twenty-four FFARs in two wing pods
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 or -5A of 8,750 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Crew: Two
Cost: $534,000
Serial Number: 50-980
C/N: 880-8025
Displayed As:50-1054

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 640 mph.
Cruising speed: 476 mph.
Range: 1,275 miles