Lockheed F-94 Starfire


1st Flight 1949

Crew: 2

Length: 44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)

Wingspan: 42 ft 5 in (12.93 m)

Height: 14 ft 11 in (4.55 m)

Wing area: 232.8 sq ft (21.63 m2)

Empty weight: 12,708 lb (5,764 kg)

Gross weight: 18,300 lb (8,301 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 24,184 lb (10,970 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 centrifugal-flow turbojet engine, 6,350 lbf (28.2 kN) thrust dry, 8,750 lbf (38.9 kN) with afterburner


Maximum speed: 640 mph (1,030 km/h, 560 kn)

Maximum speed: Mach 0.84

Range: 805 mi (1,296 km, 700 nmi)

Ferry range: 1,275 mi (2,052 km, 1,108 nmi)

Service ceiling: 51,400 ft (15,700 m)

Rate of climb: 7,980 ft/min (40.5 m/s)

Wing loading: 78.6 lb/sq ft (384 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight: 0.48


Rockets: 24 or 48 × 2.75 in (70 mm) Mk 4/Mk 40 Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets


AN/APG-40 radar


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 Defence Command, replacing the piston-engined North American F-82 Twin Mustang in the all-weather interceptor role.


TF-80Cs converted into YF-94 prototypes, two built.


Initial production version, 109 built.


One F-94A modified on the production line with new flight director, modified hydraulic systems, and two enlarged wingtip tanks.


Production model based on YF-94B, 355 built.


F-94Bs modified with Pratt and Whitney J48 engine, leading edge rocket pods, and swept tailplane, originally designated YF-97A, two modified.

F-94C Starfire

Production version of the YF-94C with longer nose, gun armament replaced with nose mounted rockets, and provision for under fuselage JATO rockets, originally designated F-97A, 387 built.


Test aircraft for proposed reconnaissance variant


Prototype single-seat close support fighter version based on the F-94C, one partly built but construction was abandoned when program was cancelled.


Production version of the YF-94D, 112 on order cancelled, none built.


Original designation of the YF-94C.


Original designation of the F-94C.

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