Northrop F-89D Scorpion: The Multi-Sting.

Northrop F-89D Scorpion: The Multi-Sting.

By the early 1950’s the U.S. Air Force took the threat of Soviet bomber attack over the Pole seriously. One of the idea to counter that was use the know how in  air-to-air rocket taken from  the Germans after WW2. Developed from the German R-24 air-to-air rocket,the Mighty Mouse Fold-Fin Aircraft Rocket (FFAR) saw service with the F-86D, F-94C and the Scorpion. One variant of Scorpion was the heavier armed of the three with its 104 FFARs placed in the nose of its tip tanks.
All Scorpion’s rockets could be fired at once in…..4/10th of a second !!

A well-dressed Scorpion rider  (with the David Clark’s unmistakable partial-pressure suit) showing the deadly business end of the F-89D to a pair of very attentive Canucks. Classic style drawing of the era.

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