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P-80 / T-33 / F-94 Shooting Star in Action - Aircraft No. 40 Paperback – 1980


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897470990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897470995
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hensler VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love '50s era jets and a person could make the truthful argument that the P/F-80 was actually a late WWII design. However, the T-33 and F-94 are really early fifties jets.

This is a tight little Squadron/Signal book. It's valuable for the modeler. Also, it's darn valuable for some people who want a good overview of a jet quickly.

What surprised me in the book was the write up on the F-94. The F-94 was an adaptation of the T-33 to carry a radar system and a set of 4 x .50 caliber guns. The F-94A and B models from from Greenland to Korea. The F-94 worked in the anti-night intruder role in Korea and shot down 4 aircraft. One F-94 flew into the Russian biplane it was tracking causing both to crash. The book says the F-94C only could do about 640 MPH but if the aircraft in a light configuration it could go supersonic in afterburner. So, the F-94C was faster than the F-86 and a better interseptor than the F-86D "Saber Dog".

Honestly, if you want to build the (horrible) model of the Lindberg F-94C you'll need this book. The says the front nose rocket launchers were always closed and empty. If the pilot savo fired the front rockets it would cause the J-48 engine to flame out. Also, the book give great painting guides to the F-94 and the other F-80 aircraft in the family. Study this book closely if you're making the Lindberg F-94. You'll have to install intakes, scratch build a cockpit, fill in the nose rocket launchers, fix the incorrect radome (it's the prototype's radome and not the production), and install correctly sized wing rocket launchers. If you don't want to do all of that then there is the good 1/48th Hobbycraft F-94B kit that can still be found on ebay.

The T-33 flew in USAF service for quite a while.
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