Mon Jan 7, 2019, 08:00 PM

This day in history January 7

1944 - The U.S. Air Force (then known as the Army Air Corps) announced production of its first jet fighter.

The Bell XP-59A Airacomet was the first US jet fighter to be used in combat. Built by Bell Aircraft, Air Force officials were disappointd in its performance and it never made it into combat. However, the testing of the new technology did lead to additional aircraft at the end of the war.

I had an uncle in the Timberwolves in France during the war. He said they shot down a German jet fighter with rifles and machine guns. When they went to see the wreckage, they didn't know what made the propeller-less aircraft fly.

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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 11:16 PM

1. Jet propulsion....compliments of German engineering.

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