First flight of Bell YP-59A aircraft. GE develops J-33 jet engine. First flight of Lockheed P-80 jet fighter.
United States USA Date:1942, October 1 Duration:1 min 23 sec Sound:Yes
Official films of the flight of Bell YP-59A Airacomet jet-powered airplane, October 1, 1942. Workers at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Massachusetts, producing versions of increasingly more powerful jet engines: the I-16 with 1600 pounds of thrust and the J-33, with 4000 pounds of thrust. First flight, January 8, 1944, of a Lockheed P-80 shooting star fighter jet powered by the J-33 engine. Formation of P-80 fighter planes in flight.
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