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Iowa Ang F-89j Scorpion
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"Iowa ANG F-89J Scorpion" 2010
F-89J Scorpion of the 124th FIS, Iowa ANG, 1967.
The F-89 was a 1950s era Air Defense Interceptor. Too slow to chase down the potential Soviet bombers heading into North American Airspace, it was initally equipped with wing tip tanks that held dozens of rockets, which were to be launched en masse at the formation of bombers. By the1960s these dozens of missiles were replaced by an equally desperate gambit - a pair of small nuclear tipped weapons. Yep, a local nuclear blast would knock the bombers out of the sky. Good thing the world never had to find out how effective this plan was!
April 17th, 2011
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