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    Airframe Family: Northrop F-89 Scorpion
    Latest Model:F-89B Scorpion
    Last Military Serial:49-2434 USAF
    Latest Owner or Location:Texas Air Museum - San Antonio Chapter / Stinson Chapter, Stinson Municipal Airport / Stinson Field, San Antonio, Texas

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    Dates

    Event

    Constructed as a F-89A.
    USAF History and Traditions Museum

    Circa January 1951

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Air Force with s/n 49-2434.

    March 1951

    Transferred to 2750th Test and Evaluation Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.

    Converted to an EF-89A.

    Was briefly used as a testbed for the unsuccessful Martin D-1 four-gun swiveling turret. The entire nose section rotated as a unit, while the guns traversed through 105 degrees from the forward facing position. The system was not adopted for production F-89s.

    November 1951

    Transferred to Northrop.
    Returned to Northrop for conversion.

    Converted to a F-89B.
    Was the first airframe converted as a B model.

    December 1951

    Transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB.
    Returned to Wright-Patterson for more testing.

    Transferred to USAF 4750th Air Defense Squadron, Vincent AFB, AZ.

    Markings Applied: FV-434

    Markings Applied: FV-434, 92434

    To Kelly Field (Formerly Kelly AFB), San Antonio, TX.
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    August 1955

    To USAF History and Traditions Museum, San Antonio, TX.

    Circa 1987


    Photographer: Richard Gardner
    Notes: The aircraft was located on Lackland AFB at the time of photo, as part of the Texas Heritage museum.

    August 1993


    Photographer: Han de Ridder
    Notes: Scanned slide.

    To Texas Air Museum-Rio Hondo Chapter, Rio Hondo Airport/Texas Air Museum Airport, Harlingen, TX.
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    To Texas Air Museum-San Antonio Chapter/Stinson Chapter, Stinson Municipal Airport/Stinson Field, San Antonio, TX.
    Stored there dissasembled. The nose radome was retained by the USAF because it was a one-off model. It is the oldest surviving F-89.
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    November 2015


    Photographer: Ruud Leeuw
    Notes: 2015 photo at the Texas Air Museum at Stinson Field, San Antonio


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    U.S. Military Out of Service 2010 by Andy Marden

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    Han de Ridder

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