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F-94 Starfire Jet Interceptor

Developed from the F-80 Shooting Star, the two-place F-94 was the first American all-weather jet interceptor and the first U.S. production jet to have an afterburner. 

Although the F-94 had a redesigned fuselage, it used the F-80/T-33 tail, wing and landing gear.

Lockheed F-94 Starfire from the Topps Wings Friend or Foe trading card series
U.S. Air Force Lockheed F-94 Starfire
(from the Topps Wings Friend or Foe collections)

A lengthened nose area with guns, radar and automatic fire control system was added. The large radar in the nose permitted the observer in the rear seat to locate an enemy aircraft at night or in poor weather.

The F-94B remained in USAF service through 1954 before being transferred to the Air National Guard.

The F-94C was retired from USAF service in 1959, as newer and more capable interceptors entered service. Air National Guard units retired their F-94s a year later.

Technical Specifications of the F-94 Starfire

Armament: Four .50-cal. machine guns
Engine: Allison J33 of 6,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner 
Maximum speed: 630 mph
Range: 930 miles
Ceiling: 42,750 ft.
Span: 38 ft. 9 in.
Length:
40 ft. 1 in.
Height: 12 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 15,330 lbs.

Surviving F-94 Starfires

Lockheed produced 853 F-94s; of these, 110 were F-94As.

Only 9 Starfires have survived and are on display, including the one shown below.

F-94 Starfire Photographs by the Airplanes of the Past Staff

Lockheed F-94C Starfire S/N 51-5623 in Tucson, Arizona
Lockheed F-94C Starfire S/N 51-5623

F-94C Starfire S/N 50-980 painted to represent F-94C 01054, Buzz Number FA-054, assigned to the 60th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Otis Air Force Base, Mass. during the late 1950s. On display at the Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio

F-94C Starfire S/N 50-980 painted to represent F-94C 01054, Buzz Number FA-054


USAF F-94 Photographs

Air Force F-94 S/N 113555, Buzz Number FA-555, on tarmac
Air Force F-94 S/N 113555, Buzz Number FA-555, on tarmac
Air Force F-94 Starfires on apron: Buzz Numbers FA-534, FA-536, FA-537, FA-543, on tarmac
Air Force F-94 Starfires on apron: Buzz Numbers FA-534, FA-536, FA-537, FA-543, on tarmac


Historic Image of the F-94 Starfire

F-94 Starfire S/N 82479 Buzz Number FA-479 in flight
F-94 Starfire S/N 82479 Buzz Number FA-479 in flight