U.S. Air Force Northrop F-89D-45-NO Scorpion interceptors of the 59th Fighter Interceptor Squadrons, Goose Bay AB, Labrador (Canada), in the 1950s. 52-1959 in foreground, now in storage at Edwards AFB, CaliforniaThe Northrop F-89 Scorpion was a twin-engine, all-weather interceptor aircraft developed by the United States during the 1950s. It was the first jet-powered aircraft designed specifically for that role and it was equipped with guided missiles and air-to-air nuclear weapons. The initial model, the F-89A, featured AN/APG-33 radar and six 20-millimeter T-31 cannons with 200 rounds per gun, as well as underwing racks for carrying bombs or rockets. However, only 18 F-89As were produced and they were mainly used for testing and trials. The type was later upgraded to the F-89B standard, which included new avionics, and entered service with the 84th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron in June 1951. However, the F-89 faced numerous problems with its engines and other systems and was eventually replaced by the F-89C.

The major production model was the F-89D, which featured a Hughes E-6 fire control system with AN/APG-40 radar and an AN/APA-84 computer, as well as armament consisting of two pods of 52 2.75-inch Mighty Mouse FFAR rockets. A total of 682 F-89Ds were built. The F-89H, which entered service in 1956, had an E-9 fire control system and wingtip pods carrying three Falcons and 21 FFARs each, for a total of six missiles and 42 rockets. However, its performance was inferior to newer supersonic interceptors and it was phased out of service by 1959. The final variant, the F-89J, was based on the F-89D but featured fuel tanks in place of the standard wingtip missile pods and pylons for carrying a single MB-1 Genie nuclear rocket or conventional Falcon missiles. 350 F-89Ds were modified to the F-89J standard and served with the Air Defense Command and Air National Guard until 1969. In total, 1,050 Scorpions of all variants were produced.

123rd FIS Redhawks F-89 Model
123rd FIS Redhawks F-89 Model

123rd FIS Redhawks F-89 Model Fly with the 123rd FIS Redhawks in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand-painted to provide a piece you’ll love. The 123d Fighter Squadron is a unit of the Oregon … Read More

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318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model
318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model

318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model Fly with the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love. It was established in mid-1942 as a … Read More

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437th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Scorpion Model
437th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Scorpion Model

437th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Scorpion Model Fly with the 437th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 Scorpion model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. Air Defense Command On 1 December … Read More

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445th FIS F-89 Scorpion Model
445th FIS F-89 Scorpion Model

445th FIS F-89 Model Fly with the 445th FIS in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. Air Defense Command 445th FIS Northrop F-89H Scorpion 54-0402 at Wurtsmith AFB, … Read More

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449th FIS F-89 Model
449th FIS F-89 Model

449th FIS F-89 Model Fly with the 449th FIS in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand-painted to provide a piece you’ll love. Alaskan air defense The 449th was reactivated at Adak Army Air Field … Read More

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59th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model
59th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model

59th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model With the the 59th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 Model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide you a piece you’ll love. World War II The squadron was constituted … Read More

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61st Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model
61st Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model

61st Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model Fly with the 61st Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love! The 61st Fighter Squadron was constituted as … Read More

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64th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model
64th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model

64th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model Fly with the 64th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. The squadron was first formed as a P-40 … Read More

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75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 model
75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 model

75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 model Fly with the 75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. The 75th Fighter Squadron’s first assignment as an … Read More

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76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model
76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model

76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model Fly with the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. The history of the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron … Read More

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84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model
84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model

84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F-89 Model Fly with the 84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in this handcrafted F-89 Model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. The squadron was activated in 1942, as the … Read More

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