NORTHROP F-89 SCORPION

F-89 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Northrop Aircraft Inc., Hawthorne, California, USA
Models: N-24, N-35, N-49, N-68, N-71, N-138, N-160
Designations: F-89; P-89
Name: Scorpion
First official flight: (XF-89) 16/08/1948
Factory production period: 1947 - 1956
Primary service period: 1951 - 1961
Last official flight: (F-89J) 1969

F-89 VARIANTS

1948 N-24 XF-89 1  
1949 N-49 YF-89 1 Total: 0002
         
1950 N-35 F-89A 8  
1950 N-35 F-89B 40  
1951 N-35 F-89C 164 Total: 0212
         
1952 N-68 F-89D 682  
1955 N-138 F-89H 156 Total: 0838

Grand Total: 1052

F-89 PRODUCTION

XF-89
Prototype twin engined, 2-seater fighter.
Original designation was XP-89.
Produced 1947 - 1948

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

46-678 ?

Total: 0001

YF-89
As XF-89, service test version with design
changes, later upgraded as YF-89A.
Produced 1948 - 1949

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

46-679 ?

Total: 0001

F-89A
As YF-89A, engine upgrade,
minor changes.
Produced 1949 - 1950

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

49-2431 / 49-2438 ?

Total: 0008

F-89B
As F-89A, avionics / engine upgrade.
First 10 factory converted from F-89A.
Produced 1950 - 1951
Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

49-2439 / 49-2478 ?

Total: 0040

F-89C
As F-89B, multiple engine upgrades,
various improvements.
Produced 1951 - 1952

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

50-741 / 50-804 ?  
51-5757 / 51-5856 ? Total: 0164

F-89D
As YF-89D, multiple engine upgrades,
various improvements.
Produced 1952 - 1956

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

51-400 / 51-446 ?  
51-11298 / 51-11443 ?  
52-1829 / 52-1961 ?  
52-2127 / 52-2165 ?  
53-2447 / 53-2686 ?  
54-184 / 54-260 ? Total: 0682

(Model N-71) F-89E - Proposed single seat version, cancelled.
(Model N-71) F-89F - Proposed F-89D engine upgrade, cancelled.
(Model N-71) F-89G
- Proposed F-89D armament upgrade, cancelled.

F-89H
As YF-89H, various improvements.
Produced 1955 - 1956

Northrop Hawthorne, California (NO)

54-261 / 54-416 ?

Total: 0156

 

Grand Total: 1052

F-89 CONVERSIONS

USAF

DF-89A 1+ F-89A, drone director conversions.
JF-89A 1 F-89A, temporary conversion for tests.
YF-89A 1 YF-89, 1950, design / engine upgrade, pointed nose.
DF-89B 1+ F-89B, drone director conversions.
YF-89D 1 F-89B(49-2463), 1951, factory prototype with wingtip fuel / rocket pods.
YF-89E 1 Model N-71
F-89C(50-752), 1954, prototype with engine upgrade.
DF-89H 1+ F-89H, drone director conversions.
YF-89H 1 F-89D(52-1939), 1954, prototype with modified wingtip rocket / missile pods.
2 other F-89D's converted, (52-1830, 53-2449), but not redesignated.
F-89J 350 Model N-160
F-89D, 1956-1969, air-to-air missile upgrades.
(DF-89J) 10 F-89J, 1963, drone conversions for missile tests in Japan.

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