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Photo: US Air Force

Good morning, Oppo, and beware of the breakfast tacos.

This awesome shot of a Lockheed F-94 Starfire was taken in Korea in 1953. In addition to it being a really cool shot of the Starfire’s afterburner in action, it’s important because the Starfire was the first production US fighter to be equipped with an afterburner. Developed from the two-seat Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainer, the aptly named Starfire entered service in 1950 and was the first all-weather US jet fighter to see combat when it went to war in Korea. There, Starfires protected B-29 Superfortresses during night missions, and the first jet-to-jet nighttime combat victory was scored by a Starfire over a MiG-15. The Starfire was also widely used in the US as part of the Air Defense Command, taking over from the piston-powered North American F-82 Twin Mustang. With the rapid pace of fighter development at the time, the Starfire was retired by 1959 after 855 were built.


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