Designed to replace P-61 "Black Widow" as an all-weather fighter. The first prototype flew on August 16, 1948. 1232 built.
|A three-view drawing (592 x 818)|
| ENGINE||2 x Allison J35-A-35, -33A, -41, -47 afterburning turbo-jet, 3266kg|
| Take-off weight||19160 kg||42241 lb|
| Empty weight||11428 kg||25195 lb|
| Wingspan||18.19 m||60 ft 8 in|
| Length||16.41 m||54 ft 10 in|
| Height||5.36 m||18 ft 7 in|
| Wing area||52.21 m2||561.98 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1024 km/h||636 mph|
| Ceiling||14995 m||49200 ft|
| Range||4184 km||2600 miles|
| ARMAMENT||3 x "Falcon" guided missiles, 104 x 70mm missiles|
"Was with 61FIS at Harmon '53-'55, first with F-94B then transitioned to F-89D, ugly but it grew on you. Easy to fly but def not for dog-fights." the F-89 was never intended for "dogfights", and it is unfair to compare it with smaller jet fighters that were. The F-89 was designed to be an "all-weather interceptor", which meant intercepting incoming enemy bombers by day or night, or during conditions of reduced visibility. The mission it was designed to fulfill also required the F-89 to be able to remain aloft for a fairly long time, which meant being able to carry a substantial amount of fuel. As a result the F-89 was, by necessity, a fairly large and heavy aircraft, equipped with radar and accommodating a crew of two, consisting of a pilot and a radar operator. Any such aircraft would clearly never have qualified as a "dog-fighter". It's WW-II equivalent, the Northop P-61 Black Widow, which was designed for the same purpose as the F-89, was an excellent night-fighter, but clearly could never have competed in a dog-fight with fighters such as the Mustang or Spitfire.
|Jim Paschall, 09.09.2015|
I was one of the aircrew members Gene Francis mentioned in his narrative concerning the midair over the Olympics on 4 Oct 1956. Actually, Ira Wintermute was the Group Commander. The two F-89's that hit the mountains NE of Pain Field flew into Whitehorse. Also the solo crash in the Sound near Point-No-Point resulted in both crew members being lost.
A good source of information can be found in publications by "Seattle Mountain Rescue".
It might interest historians that I first flew in the F-89 at Paine AFB as an RO, then after attending pilot training for 14 months, returned to Paine AFB as a pilot flying with the same guys in the same flight. (my time at Paine, 1955 through 1960).
|Ken (smiley) Miller, 10.02.2015|
To: MARC B. Yes, I knew a Doc Blanchard @ JCAFB, Waco, TX. He was an R/O instructor and a great guy; very likable; I never flew with him because we were both R/Os. I went to Pilot School and ended up with C118s at WRI AND HIK. Then C124s @ Hill, joined UAL flying B747s. ret. USAF @ UAL; now living in Coeur D'Alene, ID. after 33 yrs. in Reno, NV KGM
|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 the F89 and 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 didn’t check the wing pins or CB interlocks that evening? Our boss, C C Bates was fit to be tied. I later followed the F89’s to JCAFB and worked there for a couple more years on both the F89’s and B25’s used for RO training. Anyone interested in interacting about Moody or James Connally during the late 50's, shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The F-89 Scorpion was a consolation contract awarded to Northrop in the aftermath of the controversial cancellation of its YB49 Flying Wing in favor of the Convair B-36." At the time the nearest competitor to the F-89 for the Air Force's "all-weather fighter" contract was the Curtiss XF-87 "Blackhawk". The XF-87 was a much bulkier aircraft than the F-89, with side-by-side seating and four jet engines. Of the two aircraft the F-89 was the obvious choice.
|Andy Anderson, 18.09.2014|
Yes, I had to eject from our F89-D in 1956 into Cook Inlet, Alaska.
|Steve Hashimoto, 24.08.2014|
My Dad flew in the F-89 at Portland, OR, Moody and Thule in the late 50s. Richard Hashimoto was a RO. Told me some stories about ice skating in the 89 out to the runwat at Thule, poopie suits and painting his room at Thule- green, black and red. Anybody remember him, let me know. He lives in MS. retired as O-6 in 1985.
|Fritz Busch, 02.08.2014|
Flew D, H & J. Terribly underpowered but very stable platform from which to fire rockets. Early models short on kill probability - Genies made J model very effective.
|R Hernandez, 23.07.2014|
I worked as crew chief on tail # 1459 at Harmon in 1955.
|Gene Francis, 07.07.2014|
It was F89D, F89H and F89J. The first time I saw the Model J was, when I was reporting for Alert Hanger duty and did not have clearance for Nuclear weapons, so I got escorted to the brig by an Policeman, until I got the authorization for me corrected, it only took one morning to get it fixed>
|Gene Francis, 07.07.2014|
I was stationed at Paine Air Force Base, Everett Washington From 1955 until 1959. I was in the 321st F.I.S. until early 1959 when were changed to a base aircraft maintenance only (no pilots) (326th CAMRON). I worked as Airborne Radio Maintenance on the F-89 and some non jet aircraft (C47, etc.)I was initially on the F89D, then the F89H and finally the F89H.
We lost 5 F89's (model I don't recall) two flew into Mt. Baker (north of Everett) in the winter , the next spring all of the crew was recovered. Two also hit each other over the Olympic mountains, 3 of the 4 were recovered. We also lost one 89 over Puget Sound (Mukilteo),with a loss of the ro.
I have never seen any write-ups of these 5 aircraft in any Washington state Aircraft Wrecks documentation. Colonel Samuel G. Grashio was the Base Commander at he time.
|Steve Lambrecht, 02.07.2014|
I'm planning on vertically lifting a museum display F-89J with a CH-53. They want to know where to place the straps on the aircraft. Anyone have any corporate knowledge?
|George Haloulakos, CFA, 25.06.2014|
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|Bert Schwind, 05.04.2014|
I was assigned (1955-1957) to the 318th and 75th at Presque Isle, first as Communications Officer and then as OIC of all Electronics, Electrical, Weapons and Instrument shops. Well remember when we finally build the nose hangers to keep out the weather. 'Backseated' with Ted Harris (Ops OIC), Bob Mize, and Don Zook. Lucky to have been there when the Squadron went from second last to first in rocketry proficiency during the summer of 1956 at Moody AFB. The unit broke all existing records for Hi Sqdn, Hi CO, Hi Ops Off, Hi Sq RO, Hi Pilot, & Hi RO. I can still see the big score thermometer in front of our HG building rising to the top and looping around. And those winters! 181 inches of snow and 40 Deg below. I transferred to Nellis AFB in March '57. 100 deg change in temp during the week long drive to Nevada.
|j d jackson, 05.03.2014|
Was with 61FIS at Harmon '53-'55, first with F-94B then transitioned to F-89D, ugly but it grew on you. Easy to fly but def not for dog-fights. Most scrambles with for B-47's and '52s going from Offut to Germany, mostly at night.
|bernard schnieders RO 54FIS, 23.02.2014|
Was a back seater In the J model. Our alert barn is now the musuem bld at Ellswoth. A 89H that fired the live atomic rocket in Nevada is located at the civilian field at Great Falls mont.
|jim curry, 17.12.2013|
to robert woods iwas at kef when that happened i worked at the alert hanger and lived in hut 10 i was there from nov 57 til nov 58 i am also 75 its been a long time
|Joe Kenny, 24.07.2013|
Was a crew chief on 89 c and d With 74th fighter.We set a flying record with the 89,s 1954 and 55.Made the stars and stripes and also the flying tiger history book but cant find either one.No bragging rights
|Bill Hoey, 03.06.2013|
Stationed at Goose bay Labrador 56-57 assigned to Post Dock working out in 10 below. My NCOIC was TSGT Cole. He slipped on the ice by the left engine and was sucked into the intake. He survived and retired from the USAF.
I'm living in Fresno Ca.
The Castle Air Museum needs several Pilots cockpit instruments for the F89J model. Need HELP please
|Marc B, 26.05.2013|
My father was a navigator in the F-89D in Alaska.
Capt. Joesph "Doc" Blanchard. Looking for any info on his aircraft and anyone's remember him.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?