This Day in Aviation History
August 16th, 1948
First flight of the Northrop F-89 Scorpion.
The Northrop F-89 Scorpion was an early American jet-powered fighter designed from the outset as an all-weather interceptor, the first jet-powered aircraft designed as such. Though its straight wings limited its performance, it was among the first United States Air Force (USAF) jet fighters with guided missiles, and notably the first combat aircraft armed with air-to-air nuclear weapons (the unguided Genie rocket)….
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YouTube, Northrop F-89 Scorpion, Fred Erb talks about the development of the F-89:
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