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TAB Episode 75: 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.

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Intro (0:00)
Development history (0:20)
Test flight footage (3:15)
XF-87 becomes the F-87 (4:20)
Armament (4:28)
Operation Plumbbob (6:20)
Outro (7:05)

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