- The Shenyang JJ-1 (沈阳 歼教-1) was the People’s Republic of China’s first domestically designed jet plane, and thus it has a special place in Chinese aviation history. The JJ-1 was intended to serve a trainer role to help pilots transition from propeller planes to jets. The JJ-1 was not mass produced. Despite its success since it was concluded that propeller trained pilots could easily move into jet engined planes. The JJ-1’s engine was also very difficult to repair. One JJ-1 ...Read more
- A single-seat, single-engine interceptor/fighter for all-weather conditions, with low double delta wings, the Saab 35 Draken was developed in order to replace the Saab J29 Tunnan and the Saab J32 Lansen. Its first flight took place in 1955, being amongst the most advanced and remarkable fighters of its time. In 1960 it entered in service ...Read more
World War 1 saw the introduction of the aero plane in a reconaissance role. However the capability of combat roles for aircraft was quickly realized leading to period of rapid development and exploration for active fighting roles.
World War 2 ushered in technological advances that were nothing short of revolutionary. The undeniable significance of air superiority was decisive at numerous points during this period.
The Cold War’s nuclear arms race paralleled the rapid development of the jet engine. New speed and altitute records were constantly set and broken in a golden age of engineering and space exploration.
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