The US first jet fighter

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  1. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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  2. Bigdog57

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    The link doesn't not work for me.

    Technically, the US's first jet fighter was the Bell XP-59 Airacomet. Under-powered and giving no real performance gain over the P-51 Mustang, it was relagated to training use. Our first operational jet fighter was the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star (later reclassified the F-80). This design, in it's two-seat trainer version T-33A, flew well into the 80's here. I worked on them in my USAF days in the late 70's.
    Good airplane, but definitely a WWII technology design.
     

  3. c3shooter

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    Yep- 1942. Try this link: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mhF49AJrVg]America's First Jet Flight, October 1942 - YouTube[/ame]
     
  4. Bigdog57

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    Cool video program! I'd only ever read and seen pics of it. A very clean design.
     
  5. Vincine

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    The first US jet was a multi-engine!?

    Which was THEN followed by single engine in axis fighters for production.
    I thought it would’ve been the other way around.
     
  6. Bigdog57

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    The first jet engines were weak. The German ME-262 used two, the British Gloster Meteor used two. Also, as they were so new, it probably was considered nice to have one still going if the other gave out.....

    Later the P-80 and Dehavilland Vampire used one each. No after-burning in those early jets either!
     
  7. armsmaster270

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    Very neat I like the oldies.
     
  8. Rarity

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    Very Interesting. Good to learn something now and then. Even though it happened so so long ago.

    History makes future!
     
  9. Trez

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    Neat! I like the open cockpit idea!
     
  10. Glasshartt

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    I love the dummy prop on the nose.
     
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    A very nice looking plane. Did any survive?
     
  12. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    6 in museums. I don't think there are any flying.