Northrop F-89J 'Scorpion'

  Base model:F-89
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
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  Length: 53' 8" 16.3 m
  Height:17' 6" 5.3 m
  Wingspan: 59' 10" 18.2 m
  Gross Weight: 47,698 lb 21,632 kg
  Max Weight: 47,700 lb 21,632 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Allison J35-A
  Thrust (each): 4,900 lb 3,265 kg

  Range: 1,600 miles 2,576 km
  Cruise Speed: 465 mph 748 km/h 404 kt
  Max Speed: 627 mph 1,009 km/h 545 kt
  Ceiling: 45,000 ft 13,715 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Air Power Park and MuseumHamptonVirginia
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
Montana ANG - 120th FG, Great FallsGreat FallsMontana
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
North Dakota ANG - 119th FG, FargoFargoNorth Dakota
Peterson Air & Space MuseumPeterson AFBColorado
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
USAF Armament MuseumEglin AFBFlorida
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

F-89J on display

Air Power Park and Museum

Castle Air Museum

March Field Air Museum

March Field Museum

Museum of Aviation

Peterson Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

United States Air Force Museum

USAF Armament Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Donld Parks
 Mountain Home, AR
I was a E-6 Radar tech with the 433 FIS, stationed at Ladd AFB, Alaska in 55 - 57. Left Ladd when they brought in the 'J' models. Loved working the alert barns on the night shift in summer time. It was daylight all night. I also spent many cold hours on the flight line doing pre-flights. Not much fun to take off a canopy cover and try to muscle the canopy open. Just get it off the rail once and you made sure it didn't happen again.
07/27/2013 @ 11:39 [ref: 67976]
 Pledger A. Moon
 , KY
After tech school at Sheppard AFB I was assigned to the 465 FIS at Griffis AFB in the spring of 1956. Initially I was on the dock crew but "persuaded" the AF to transfer me to the flight line. I was made crew chief of a/c 649 which at the time was a \"D\". I was briefly crew chief of 548 but 850, a \"J\", was transferred into our squadron and I was the first crew chief on it. I was crew chief of 850 until I was discharged in Aug 1959. I always considered 850 as \"my\" bird.
01/14/2011 @ 08:46 [ref: 35648]
 Steve Desrosiers
 , MA
There is also an F-89 at the New England Air Museum at Windsor Locks, CT. Outise storage, future project?
12/04/2010 @ 17:57 [ref: 33885]
 Tim Long
 Keyser, WV

My Uncle, Joe Long, flew F-89s at Ladd with the 449th (I think) In '59-'60. Does anyone remember him?
12/01/2010 @ 17:51 [ref: 33866]
 Dale Bergstrom
 Lake Havasu City, AZ
I was a aircraft radio tech working the flight line at Ladd AFB from 1958 to 1960 in 5060th CAM. Spent many a night pre or post flighting the F89J at 40 below. We were only supposed to stay outside for 20 mins, but if you had a soldering job to do the 200 watt iron wouldn't even heat up in 20 mins. AN/ARC 27 was command radio. Loved it, easy to maintain and did it's job well.
11/05/2010 @ 14:16 [ref: 32998]
 Jim McIntosh
 Murrieta, CA, CA
I was a Special Wpns tech supporting F-89J's and F-106's. Currently restoring the Pilots seat from F-89D/J 52-1905 looking for any history of the plane and parts for the seat project.
07/23/2010 @ 15:15 [ref: 28384]
 Warren Parten
 , TX
I was 2nd Lt RO in the 449th from July 1958 to Apr 1960. Pulled a lot of alert at Galena and "Genie" alert at Elmendorf, in addition to home alert. Our Flight commander was Capt John Store; other flight members were Wayne Wranosky, Charles Dutton, Joe Ivins, Joe Abbott, Jim Shaw, and Ed Harris. When the squadron disbanned the ROs went to SAC tankers; some of the pilots were fortunate and stayed in ADC, others also went to SAC tankers. It was great flying up there with little restrictions on our flight area. Good memories of the people and ground personnel.
04/09/2010 @ 17:35 [ref: 26001]
 Ira A. Majo
 Enon, OH
As a very young & new AC&W operator stationed in Iceland I was fascinated by the F-89. I'll never forget while watching them perform a "Bubble Chek" flying directly at the site. Myself & a friend watching him head directly at us while standing on the roof of a building. He was "very, very low", so low we would have been hit if had remained standing. We both flopped in time just a he flew over. The results - all the hair on the backs of head was singed off and we went four weeks without a haircut.
03/05/2010 @ 06:36 [ref: 25822]
 Dick Gardner
 , IL
This is a very nice and informative site but I would like to add some information to your data block. Where it says crew the line should read pilot and radar observer. All those good back seat guys who look at this site will appreciate being included.

The service ceiling listed states 45,000 feet but there were a good number of intercepts I flew that began at 45,000 and finished up at 48,000 and more times than not a stall.
02/08/2010 @ 19:01 [ref: 25700]
 Dick Gardner
 , IL
My association with the F-89 spanned eleven years starting in 1955 when I joined the Wisconsin ANG and became a firefighter. The unit (126th FIS) had F-89C models then. The following year I went to Aviation Cadet training to become a navigator/ radar observer, 1956-1958, training in the F-89D at Waco, TX. Upon returning to Milwaukee the unit had switched to F-89Ds so I flew in those back seats until 1960 when the 126th took on the F-89J. In 1961 I applied for and was accepted for pilot training, going to Webb AFB, 1961-1962, and when I returned to the 126th the unit changed missions to become a tanker outfit. So I switched to the 176th FIS at Truax AFB, Madison, WI where I flew the "J" model for three more years.

It was a good all weather bird and the maintenance we had was the finest as the unit was always up to the mission.
02/08/2010 @ 18:46 [ref: 25699]


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