Slide Show   Military Jets of the World 1946-1970


          By the end of World War II, piston-engined aircraft had effectively been developed to the limits of their potential. The major aircraft  manufacturers turned to the new jet engine, first developed by British and German engineers during the war, and then quickly improved these new powerplants for greater thrust and efficiency. Greater knowledge of aerodynamics, much of it first developed by German wartime research, was also applied to the new aircraft designs. The most important and obvious change was the introduction of swept-back wings, which reduced the buffeting, vibration, and drag experienced by the early jets as they approached the speed of sound. There were many other design innovations, such as the “Whitcomb area-ruled” drag-reducing concept first used on the Convair F-102A Delta Dagger interceptor for the United States Air Force . The early model, the YF-102A, could not achieve supersonic flight in level flight without this “pinched” fuselage feature. After it was implemented, along with other minor drag-reducing changes, the jet easily passed Mach 1 (the speed of sound) and became the first supersonic interceptor in the world, and the first delta wing design in service (the first supersonic fighters were the F-100 and the MiG-19). It is remarkable how quickly these and other innovations changed military aircraft designs after the world war. For example, less than two decades after the war, the Lockheed SR-71, in service with the United States Air Force, regularly cruised at more than three times the speed of sound and at altitudes over 80,000 feet.

         These sketches are of some military jets developed from after the war to 1970. This era of aviation history was marked by the first half of the Cold War and many “hot” regional wars, and many of these jets were often used in combat. These are limited to the military jet-powered aircraft, and omits the many piston-engined and turboprop (which is a turbine engine that drives a propeller) aircraft that has served the militaries of the world alongside their faster pure-jet powered aircraft.

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