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Aircraft consume a huge portion of the money spent every year on defence by Washington, everything from hand launched drones to immense transport planes, but nothing costs more than a new fighter jet.The Pentagon spent more than $54 billion on military aircraft last year and that’s just a fraction of the $396 billion it will spend on 2,500 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters alone over the years.
Jets are expensive, and like the F-22, they don’t always do what they’re supposed to as technological advances become integral to new designs.
Those advances have gone hand-in-hand since the FJ-1 Fury took to the skies in 1946.
The Fury was just mildly faster than propeller driven planes and was armed with only machine guns, but it help lead to the creation of all the other military jets that followed.
The fighter jet had many design elements of the wildly successful P-51 Mustang that shot down nearly 5,000 enemy fighters during WWII
Somewhat faster than the Mustang it topped out at almost 550 miles an hour and had a range of about 1,500 miles
One major goal of the jet was to perform carrier operations and deliver American air power around the globe
Brakes in the wings prevented them from being folded so to conserve space the Fury had a 'Kneeling' nose and 'Jockey Wheel' that allowed them to be stacked close together on carrier decks
Though it could launch without a catapult the Fury was slave to a slow vertical climb considered too risky to be practical
The jet engine had a straight ram duct with its entrance built right into the nose and the exhaust ports built into the tail
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