The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. 
Lockheed F-94 Starfire

Design/Development

Built to a 1948 USAF specification for a radar-equipped interceptor to replace the aging F-61 Black Widow and North American F-82 Twin Mustang, it was specifically designed to counter the threat of the USSR's new Tupolev Tu-4 bombers (reverse-engineered Boeing B-29). The Curtiss-Wright XF-87 Blackhawk had been designated to be the USAF first jet night fighter, but its performance was subpar, and Lockheed was asked to design a jet night fighter on a crash program basis.[2] The F-94 was derived from the TF-80C (later T-33A Shooting Star) which was a two-seat trainer version of the F-80 Shooting Star. A lengthened nose area with guns, radar, and automatic fire control system was added. Since the conversion seemed so simple, a contract was awarded to Lockheed in early 1949, with the first flight on 16 April 1949. The early test YF-94s used 75% of the parts used in the earlier F-80 and T-33As.

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The F-94 was the first operational USAF fighter equipped with an afterburner and was the first jet-powered all-weather fighter to enter combat during the Korean War in January 1953. It had a relatively brief operational life, being replaced in the mid-1950s by the Northrop F-89 Scorpion and North American F-86D Sabre. The last aircraft left active-duty service in 1958 and Air National Guard service in 1959.

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F-94 Starfire

The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. It was developed from the twin-seat Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star in the late 1940s as an all-weather, day/night interceptor. The aircraft reached operational service in May 1950 with Air Defense Command, replacing the piston-engined North American F-82 Twin Mustang in the all-weather interceptor role.

 

  • History

    Role All-weather interceptor

    National origin United States

    Manufacturer Lockheed Corporation

    First flight 16 April 1949

    Introduction May 1950

  • Primary User

    Retired 1958 (USAF)

    1959 (ANG)

    Primary users United States Air Force

    Air National Guard

     

  • Variants

    Number built 855

    Unit cost

    US$196,248 (F-94B)

    US$534,073 (F-94C)

    Developed from Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

     

Lockheed F-94 Starfire

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The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. It was developed from the twin-seat Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star in the late 1940s as an all-weather, day/night interceptor.

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The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. 
Lockheed F-94 Starfire
The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. 
Lockheed F-94 Starfire
The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. 
Lockheed F-94 Starfire
The Lockheed F-94 Starfire was a first-generation jet aircraft of the United States Air Force. 
Lockheed F-94 Starfire