A fiesta of fighters from the early years of the jet age in the late 1940s.
About this creation
First flying in 1947 the swept wing North American F-86 Sabre was the premier American fighter of the Korean War. Powered by a General Electric J47-GE-7 turbojet, it was capable of around 680 mph and had a ceiling of almost 50,000 feet. The F-86 was produced in very large numbers and widely exported across the globe. The model here is shown in colors used by the USAF in the 1950s.
The Mikoyan MiG-15 was the main Soviet rival to the F-86, vying for supremacy in the skies above the Korean Peninsula. It was powered by a copy of a British Rolls-Royce Nene and incorporated advanced aerodynamics captured from Germany at the end of the War. If anything, performance was slightly better than early version of the Sabre. Like the Sabre the MiG-15 was produced in large numbers and widely exported during the early stages of the Cold War.
The swept-wing Saab J 29 Tunnan ('Barrel') was the first in a long line of successful Saab fighter jets. First flying in 1948 and powered by a license produced copy of the de-Havilland Ghost turbojet, over 600 were produced and it remained in Swedish service until the 1960s. Despite it's slightly portly appearance performance was comparable to other contemporary swept-wing fighters. The Tunnan here is waiting for 2 mechanics to replace the engine while the pilot watches impatiently!
Two early British jets. On the right a de-Havilland Vampire. This was the second British jet fighter to enter service after the Gloster Meteor and arrived just too late to see combat during World War 2. Widely exported following the end of the War, It was powered by a single de-Havilland Goblin turbojet. On the left is a Hawker Sea Hawk. The Sea Hawk was a fighter-bomber produced for operation from aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy and saw operational use during the Suez Crisis. Although lacking the performance of contemporary swept-wing types it was a sturdy and capable attack aircraft.
The first two American jet fighter designs. On the right the Bell P-59 Airacomet, the first American jet. Taking to the air in late 1942, the Airacomet was powered by copies of British turbojets. Although over 50 were produced, performance was disappointing and the type was not used in combat. The aircraft on the left in the colors of the USAF Thunderbirds display team, is the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. An early product of the Skunk Works, the P-80 was an altogether more successful design and saw widespread service including as a fighter and fighter bomber during the Korean War.