Lockheed F-94 Starfire
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Lockheed F-94 Starfire

Third member of Lockheed's F-80 family, the F-94 Starfire was evolved to satisfy a requirement for a two-seat all-weather radar-equipped fighter. It was evolved from the two-seat T-33 trainer and originally used many of the main components and the production facilities of its predecessor. The prototypes were converted T-33, each with a new 26.69kN Allison J33-A-33 turbojet, radar equipment installed in the fuselage nose and suitably equipped accommodation for the radar operator in the rear cockpit. Armament of four 12.7mm guns was retained in the forward fuselage.

Deliveries of production F-94A began in June 1950. These incorporated the wings, landing gear and centre fuselage of the T-33, with a new nose and rear fuselage (former to house the radar and the latter for the afterburner installation). All hydraulic, electric and control systems were similar to those of the F-80C. The F-94A were followed in 1951 by F-94B which differed in having square wingtips with centrally mounted Fletcher tip-tanks of larger capacity and improved shape, raised to the wing centre-line, and a revised hydraulic system. Final version was the F-94C with a thinner wing, longer nose, swept horizontal tail surfaces, larger vertical surfaces, a more powerful engine, and the radome centred in the fuselage nose and surrounded by a ring of 24 air-to-air rockets housed in firing tubes, faired by a retractable shield. Two pods (one mounted on each wing) could together accommodate 24 more rockets. A total of 544kg of electronic equipment included automatic locating, tracking and firing instruments, Westinghouse autopilot, Sperry Zero-Reader, ILS, etc. A total of 854 production Starfires were built. The USAF's first turbojet-powered all-weather interceptor, the type served primarily with Air Defense Command for national defence.


 ENGINE1 x Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 turbo-jet, 28.2kN
    Take-off weight10970 kg24185 lb
    Empty weight5764 kg12708 lb
    Wingspan11.38 m37 ft 4 in
    Length13.56 m45 ft 6 in
    Height4.55 m15 ft 11 in
    Wing area21.63 m2232.82 sq ft
    Max. speed1030 km/h640 mph
    Ceiling15665 m51400 ft
    Range1296 km805 miles
 ARMAMENT24-48 air-to-air missiles

Lockheed F-94 StarfireA three-view drawing (1662 x 1110)

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Stephen Cohn, 29.03.2018

To Fritz Adam, my father then LT. Donald Cohn was stationed at that same time at Otis flying for Chappy James.Just wondering if you knew him. Thank you for your service. Stephen Cohn

Richard Gross, 30.09.2017

I was a F94B Mechanic assigned to the 319th FIS at Suwon K-13 Korea in 1953. My first assignment to service the F94B and what a great aircraft to maintain. The aircraft was nose number FA-416 ("Kiss of Fire" - S/N 51-5416) and was later shipped back to the States and transferred for flying assignment with the New York ANG 136th FIS.

(Benny) Benjamin, 22.07.2017

I was stationed at Newcastle County AFB From 1954 TO Dec 1957. I was an instrument mech. in the 96th FIS working on F94Cs

Gary Quigg, 19.03.2017

I am a historian/archaeologist writing a report on a crash site on Tyndall AFB property about six miles from center of the runways. The remaining fragments are consistent with a Lockheed T-33 or F-94, but I have not located a serial number on site so I am narrowing it down by crash site location. If anyone has any information about a T-33 or F-94 crash please email me directly. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

DHarvey603@aol.com, 15.02.2017

Tom Benjey, the 46th FIS has a web page whith color photos of the F-9C. I flew in the F-94C while I was in the 84th FIS at Hamilton AFB, California.

Don Harvey

Tom Benjey, 14.02.2017

I'm trying to locate photos of the F-94C painted in 46th FIS colors so that I can have a model of the planes he worked on made for a friend.

RICHARD B rogers, 29.06.2016


David Doyle, 02.05.2016

I was stationed at New Castle 1953-1958 332nd FIS Changed name only to 97th FIS without aircraft or personal change.

I knew a T/Sgt Bill Shay, who loved to play volly-ball at lunch time in the hangar.

Richard (Dutch) Miller, 23.11.2015

After a 16 month tour in Korea, Japan, and a few other places in the Far East, came back to Bunkerhill AFB in Indiana in 1955 to the 319 FIS, was crew chief on the F-94C Starfire. Did a lot of flying in the rear seat where the Navigator sits when he didn't fly, we flew a lot at night and our Motto was (We Get Ours At Night) shoulder patch was a circle with a black cat in the middle,couple of my friends were Charles Rayburn, who in now deceased and Jimmy Sauls. am now 84 and retired. anybody there ant that time remember me.

Al Brown, 01.08.2015

Class 51-F Goodfellow AFB and Reese AFB Flew T-6, T-28, B-25, T-33, F-94 Would like to hear from old friends. I was assigned to the 317th FIS and the 449th FIS

billy shay, 14.07.2015

Flew in b.s. in 94s to Alaska, April 51. Col wm benidect was flight leader. Also was at New castle 1951/1958. Was in 97th and332nd. Would like hear

Fritz Adam, 04.03.2015

I graduated from Aviation Cadet class 51-H and was assigned to the Air Defense Command. My first outfit was the 58th FIS at Otis AFB (Chappy James) and then I was transferred to the 59th FIS (Robert Dow). The 59th went to Goose Bay and Thule late in 1952. I have some great pictures of the F-94b

William Ellis, 22.02.2015

I was ten years old when my mom took me to an open house at
Langley AFB in the summer of 1953. I remember running down the flight line pass rows of B-25Js. Then I watched a B-25J
running up its engines for takeoff, then I ventured to a dock that had USAF rescue boats and there I saw the weackage
of a F-94C Starfire that had crashed.

Eileen, 31.01.2015

Hi, I am the daughter of Maj. Walter Cleary USAF RET. My parents have passed and I'm looking for information on where to send some photos I've found.

It appears my father flew the F94-C> My Father was stationed at Moody AFB when he won the Rocket Meet in Yuma. I have some photos that pertain to that, as well as other ones that have a number and a last name. If anyone knows my Dad or has information as to what musuem would appreciated these photos, please let me know? Thank you so much! ~ Eileen ..

Steen Hartov, 24.12.2014

Does anyone remember a pilot or RIO with the callsign "SHEF"? He should have served with 97th FIS. I have his helmet in my collection.

George J Leiby, 13.12.2014

I was a F89D/F94C radar mechanic for the 3630th A&E Maintenance Squad starting in 1956 through 1958 at Moody AFB. Loved working on the F89 and drying out the wiring in the sub-cockpits of F94's after a rain without the canopy cover properly installed. I also had the pleasure of working on a F94 with Kent VanDeMark when a fellow technician, Joe Dean, sitting in the front cockpit, released the tip tanks at the radar "Dock" maintenance area. Can you believe that someone didnít check the wing pins or CB interlocks that evening? Our boss, C C Bates was fit to be tied. I later followed the F89ís to JCAFB and worked there for a couple more years on both the F89ís and B25ís used for RO training. Anyone interested in interacting about Moody or James Connally during the late 50's, shoot me a note at george.leiby@comcast.net.

George M. Boyd, Maj-USAF, 13.05.2014

I flew with the 318th FIS at Thule, Greenland 1952-1953. Flew 58:25 in a one month flying period in F-94Bs. Wmn O. "Jug" Belton was the CO, George C. McCleary was DO and Travis Greenwood was Assistant DO. "Shorty" Graham was Lead RO. We
enjoyed the F-94Bs our first all weather Jet Fighter.

Donald Harvey, 13.12.2013


Saw your post of 4-8-13. My name is Donald Harvey, I was in the James Connally class of 52-4 as well. After Tyndall crew training I was assigned to the 84th FIS at Hamilton AFB in Novato, California which is in the San Francisco bay area. Flew in F-89 B and Cís then in the F-94B and Cís. There were other members of class 52-4 in the 84th also. John Forney, George Rost, Cliff Reiner and Don Schneeman.

From the 84th I went back to Tyndall for intercept director training and then the 666th ACW Squadron at Mill Valley AFS, California, also in the Bay area. At the 666th I worked with Jim Hrabetin who had been at Elmendorf flying in F-94s in the back seat. Possibly you may have been in the same unit at Elmendorf.

Donald Harvey
2nd Lt 84th FIS Sq 1952-1953
1st Lt 666th ACW Sq 1954-1955
1955 to present date in civilian life

Bob Benson, 07.11.2013

Saw the comment from George Butler RO class 53-7. George were you the red headed guy with freckles?--I was in your RO class went to Tyndall then eventually Dover 46th FIS. From their went to Pilot training---class 53-B ended up at New Castle Air base would you beleive back in the 94-c---Loved it but haven,t been able to contact anyone either from our RO class or my pilot traing class. I am retired and living in the Villages Fl. How are you doing????

Gene Kershner, 31.10.2013

The 339th Fighter Interceptor Squadron flew the F-94B during the Korean War in the early 1950's. The squadron evolved from the 339th Fighter Squadron which was activated during the War and flew the famous mission that shot down Admiral Yamamoto in 1943. There is an Association formed to honor that squadron and has a reunion each year. Anyone interested can contact Robert Murphy at 386-364-1454.

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