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|
"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.
|Charles Mooers, 25.05.2013|
Anyone remember the accidental firing of rockets inside the hanger. The commander was Major Danniel (Chappy) James, 437th FIS. The year was 1954 or 55. Would appreciate more details.
|Robert Wood, 27.02.2013|
I was a radio repair guy working on F-89D's at Keflavik AB, Iceland in 1957, my friend Robert Nelson was ate(proper term) by an '89 in the winter of 57/58. God rest his soul, he was 19 years old I am now 75.
|Paul Tyler, 19.02.2013|
From May 1955 until August 1967 I was a weapons mechanic in the 63 FIS at Elmendorf AFB, AK. Would like to hear from others what served at the same time.
|Gary Martin, 10.10.2012|
My Dad worked on f89'S AND f 102's In Portland. I believe on crashed into the columbia river in about 1954. Dad was a Mechanic and a scuba diver.. So he donned his gear and helped with the recovery.
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