Every Jet Fighter In The US Today Is A Result Of The Navy's FJ Fury [PHOTOS]

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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 Fury's first flight was September 11, 1946

The fighter jet had many design elements of the wildly successful P-51 Mustang that shot down nearly 5,000 enemy fighters during WWII

The Fury carried six Browning machine guns and 1,500 rounds of ammunition

Somewhat faster than the Mustang it topped out at almost 550 miles an hour and had a range of about 1,500 miles

Part of that range was due to the Wing Tip Tanks that added another 340 miles to its fuel load

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 fuel tanks were equipped to be dropped when they were no longer needed

The jet engine had a straight ram duct with its entrance built right into the nose and the exhaust ports built into the tail

The jet's power was controlled with slatted air brakes and had room for only the pilot

The FJ-1 Fury was a major technological breakthrough but was only in service from 1947 to 1949

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