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Old 07-01-2002, 09:42 PM
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Here is a mystery plane question for you.

The United States flew 5 different jet propelled planes before the end of WW II. What were they?
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Old 07-02-2002, 12:38 AM
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Here are a couple of guesses:

The Bell XP-59 Airacomet.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/p59-3.jpg

The Northrop XB-49 Flying wing. Here's a model of one (second one back)
http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpo...ing-models.jpg

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Two more...

Lockheed's P-80A Shooting Star

F86 Sabre

Anybody know # 5?
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If I had to guess about the fifth one, I'd say the Messerschmidt ME-261 as an experimental job to see how it worked... Probably had a different designation when they scraped the swasitkas off and painted stars on 'em, though...

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I can think of four: Bell XP-59 Airacomet, Bell XP-83, McDonnell FH-1 Phantom, Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. All flew before September 1945. The F-86 didn't fly until October 1947 and was preceded by it's straight winged Navy counterpart, the FJ-1 by about a year.

If you count hybrids, then you can add the Ryan FR-1 Fireball and the Curtiss XF15C-1
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We have sufferd long enough, you can let us off the hook now...
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