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.
| ENGINE||1 x Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 turbo-jet, 28.2kN|
| Take-off weight||10970 kg||24185 lb|
| Empty weight||5764 kg||12708 lb|
| Wingspan||11.38 m||37 ft 4 in|
| Length||13.56 m||45 ft 6 in|
| Height||4.55 m||15 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||21.63 m2||232.82 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1030 km/h||640 mph|
| Ceiling||15665 m||51400 ft|
| Range||1296 km||805 miles|
| ARMAMENT||24-48 air-to-air missiles|
|A three-view drawing (1662 x 1110)|
|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 email@example.com.
|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.
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.
|richard b rogers, 04.08.2013|
Graduated 52-4, james connolly afb tyndal afb for advanced training then assg 94th fis sqd elmendorf afb, anchorage, ak. returned to class 55c along with former ro's dick Barber and dick savage. dick went to 86d's and savage and I went to 86's at nellis. both had pregnant wives so savage went to japan and died of leukemia. lost track of dick and and wife Bev. I was assigned to the 25th srs at larson afb moses lake wa. flying rf84f's SAC. anyone around from that era please contact me.
|Skip Hickey, 12.06.2013|
Does anyone know why the horizontal tail was swept on the F-94C? Was it to reduce drag?
|Matthew Geiss, 01.05.2013|
My father was Henry( Hank ) Geiss Jr. He was a navigator in the F-94 and Flew out of Dover DE, Valdosta GA, and San Antonio TX before he was assigned to SAC. His last station was in Frances E. Warren AFB in 1962. was wondering if any one knew him and might have some pictures of him on the flight line. Thanks
|Al Brown, 14.02.2013|
I flew the F-94's in the 317th FIS and the 449'th Fis in Fairbanks, Alaska. I would like to hear from any of my old friends. Al
|Julie Wessinger, 29.10.2012|
Re: Norman Bills, nlbills=aol.com, 22.06.2012 above - I am Lt. Wessinger's daughter and we have numerous photographs of the crash site. The ejection seat saved his life. Glad you remember!
|Robert Venable, 08.10.2012|
While stationed at Hamilton AFB, in Calif., in the 50's, one of my planes was sent to Castle AFB to pick up a strut. When the pilot 1st Lt Evans was taking off for the return flight he was struck by another plane. I am wondering where I can find more information about this incident?
I was supposed to go with Lt Evans but a young man in our outfit asked to go in my place, it was allowed, I am curious as to this boys name as he took my place? Neither this boy or Lt Evans survived.
I was in the 84th FIS, S/Sgt and crew chief.
|George Butler, 03.09.2012|
I was an RO (Waco Class 53-7). After assignment to Moody AFB,I was assigned to 48th FIS(Langley) for a short time while the 46th FIS at Dover was being reactivated, Spent the rest of my AF time flying the F94C and meeting some wonderful people (still in contact with Schwab)there.
|Norman Bills, 22.06.2012|
I was assigned to the 96FIS,New Castle AFB in Jan 1953.as a Armt Sys Tech. working on the F94C. My entire time (until June 1956) in the USAF was spent at New Castle except for training sessions and TDY Rocket Team Comp. at Moody AFB and Yuma AFB.I was there when Lt. Wessinger had to ditch his ride. We spent lot of time searching that swamp for the downed craft, but never found it as far as I know.So many wonderful memories.
|Homer Hunt, 19.06.2012|
My first assignment was to Moody to check out in the F-94C.
I flew with the 97th FIS, New Castle Air Base, Del and the 94th FIS Dover AFB. A reliable fun Aicraft to fly. It would go Mach 1 in a Steep dive in afterburner starting at 40,000ft.
|Matthew Geiss, 05.06.2012|
My father was Capt. Henry H. Geiss Jr. He was a navigator (second seat) in the F-94. Was wondering if any one might remember him. Have a squadron mug of his with his nick name Hank and Hellcats on the side. Looking for info on this group. Tahnks M.E. Geiss
|Gene Baldwin, 02.06.2012|
I graduated in 52A and went to Mooody, Tyndal and then to the 68th sqdn. at Itazuke flying the F-94B. We lost four birds that disapeared from radar -- never a sucessful ejection. I have researched later and have never found one succeful ejection from a F-94B. If anyone knows of one from a B model, please let me know.
|Ray Kirwan, 27.03.2012|
I answered a request from Wayne Steemsma (21.03.12). It was returned with a note that the e-mail address could not be found.
|Wayne Steensma, 21.03.2012|
I was a crew chief on a F-94B and then two F-94C's,
SN 50-1010 and 51-3585 in the SD Air Guard. I was given a picure at Christmas showing all the type jets the unit had flown. I am looking for a picture of SN 1010 leading a flight of 4 sometime back in the 50's. The story centered on an Afro-American pilot who was the first to command a fighter squadron. I would like to find that magazine
Thought it was Life or Look, but not sure. I did find a small single pic of in flight somewhere on Google. magazineAppreciate any help in finding the magazine.
|David Jenkins, 23.01.2012|
I'm not sure if it was an F-89 or an F-94, (I was only 8 or 9 at the time), but the father of a childhood friend of mine was in the USAF and flew the plane. A bird or something hit and broke the windscreen and blinded him. Another plane (wingman?) talked him down to a successful landing. My friend's last name was Durkee. I have read a short story about the event in a Reader's Digest article from the late 1950's. I have tried to find the article since, but have had no luck. That's it!
|John Callahan, 15.12.2011|
94C only bird I flew that you couldn't break in the air. Only if you flew into ground. Lots of stories about "C", 89D,H & J at Hamilton AFB, CA. 53-60. Developed the head on attack in the 89J. Remember, keep the pointy end forward.
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