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  • Curtiss-Wright XF-87 - The First Blackhawk

    In the late 1940s the US began the search for an all-weather interceptor. The search culminated with Northrop's XF-89 and Curtiss-Wright's XF-87. While the XF-87 was initially selected it was quickly dropped and the F-89 Scorpion entered service instead. In this week's video we examine the develo...

  • The Battle of Palmdale - WW2 Drone Hellcat vs F-89 Scorpion Jet Interceptors

    The Battle of Palmdale is one of those historic events that could easily spawn clickbait titles: US Navy vs US Air Force Drone vs Manned Fighter Runaway WW2 fighter vs Rocket-armed Jet Interceptor None of these would be a lie! On 16th August, 1956 a US Navy Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat a target drone w...

  • Northrop F-89 Scorpion - the USAF's Nuclear Interceptor

    The Northrop F-89 Scorpion is perhaps one of the lesser known American jet interceptors of the 1950s. It was the first combat aircraft to be armed with air-to-air nuclear weapons and has the distinction of being the first US fighter to launch a live tactical nuclear weapon. Be sure to check out o...