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General Electric J35-A-17D

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Electric J35-A-17D on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Electric J35-A-17D on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Originally developed by the General Electric Co. at the end of World War II, the J35 was the USAF's first axial-flow turbojet engine. In 1947 GE transferred responsibility for the production of the engine to the Allison Division of General Motors.

The J35 engine powered two important USAF fighters, the F-84 Thunderjet and F-89 Scorpion. It also powered several experimental aircraft, including the Bell X-5. More than 14,000 J35s had been built when production ended in 1955.

The engine on display is a J35-A-17D, which is nearly identical to the J35-A-17A, was used on the Bell X-5.

TECHNICAL NOTES (J35-A-17A):
Compressor:
11-stage axial flow
Turbine: Single-stage
Thrust: 4,900 lbs.
Weight: 2,260 lbs.

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