Published November 09, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- General Electric J-31 on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Note: This engine is on display in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
The J31 (General Electric designation I-16) was the first turbojet engine produced in quantity in the United States. It was developed from the original American-built jet engine, the General Electric I-A (which was a copy of the highly-secret British "Whittle" engine). The I-A powered the early test flights of the U.S.'s first jet aircraft, the Bell XP-59A Airacomet, and the more powerful J31 was used in production P-59As and P-59Bs.
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)