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  • J31 Turbojet Engine

    General Electric J31 Turbojet EngineThe General Electric J31 turbojet engine was developed beginning in 1943. Its design grew out of the first American-built turbojet engine, the General Electric I-A, which was a copy of the original turbojet prototype created by British designer Sir Frank Whittle. The J31 was the first turbojet engine produced in
  • J58 Turbojet Engine

    Pratt & Whitney J58 Turbojet The Pratt & Whitney J58 engine was a nine-stage, axial-flow, bypass turbojet originally developed in the late 1950s to meet U.S. Navy requirements. It was the first jet engine designed to operate for extended periods using its afterburner. The J58 generated a maximum thrust of 32,500 pounds -- more than 160,000 shaft
  • J79 Turbojet Engine

    General Electric J79 Turbojet The General Electric J79 engine was a high-performance single-shaft turbojet that featured variable-incidence stator blades in the later high-pressure stages of its seventeen-stage compressor. Widely used on several types of aircraft, including the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Convair B-58 Hustler, Lockheed F-104
  • Jacob Edwin Garn

    Utah Aeronautics Commission A pioneer in Utah aviation, Jacob Edwin Garn earned the first pilot's license issued in the State of Utah. He began his flying career as a pilot in World War I. With that experience and a background in engineering, he worked his way through the early Bureau of Air Commerce to become Regional Supervisor of eleven western
  • Jacqueline Cochran

    Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran (1906-1980) Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran was a leading aviatrix who promoted an independent Air Force and was the director of women's flying training for the Women's Airforce Service Pilots program during World War II. She held more speed, altitude and distance records than any other male or female pilot in aviation
  • James "Jimmy" Doolittle

    James Harold Doolittle (1896-1993)James "Jimmy" Doolittle, best known for his command of a surprise raid on Japan early in World War II, was also instrumental in early aviation development. He began his aviation career with the Army Air Service in 1917 and in March 1924, while assigned to the Air Service Engineering School at McCook Field near
  • James Banning

    James Herman Banning (1900-1933) James Banning and his mechanic, Thomas C. Allen, were the first black aviators to fly coast-to-coast, making their historic flight in 1932. Flying a used plane supplemented with surplus parts, the "Flying Hobos" --as they were affectionately known--made the 3,300 mile trip in 41 hours and 27 minutes aloft. However,
  • Janet Bragg

    Janet Harmon Bragg (1907-1993) Janet Bragg enrolled in Aeronautical University ground school in 1933, taking courses in aeronautics, meteorology, and aircraft mechanics. However, the school owned no airplanes and could not offer actual flight training. So Bragg decided to buy an airplane that she could not only learn to fly but could also rent out
  • Jean Flynn

    Jean Marie "Jeannie" Flynn (1966- )Jean Flynn graduated first in her Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training class in 1992 and was accepted as the first American woman to enter combat training as a fighter pilot. In 1994 she completed her training and became the Air Force's first mission-qualified female fighter pilot. By the end of 2002 she had
  • John Atwood

    John Leland "Lee" Atwood (1904-1999) Lee Atwood first became involved in aviation in 1928 as an engineer with the Army Air Corps at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. He then worked for a couple of small aircraft companies before joining Douglas Aircraft in 1930. There he helped design the DC-1, DC-2, and DC-3 transports. He moved to North American