Warbird Tech 03 - North American F-86 Sabre Jet Day Fighters
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In 1939, the first operational airplane powered by a gas turbine engine was built. All previous powered airplanes had either an inline or radial internal combustion engine, using either gasoline or diesel for fuel, and driving a propeller. Very simply, the gas turbine used its exhaust gas as power, commonly called thrust. In Nazi Germany, Ernst Heinkel had installed a gas turbine engine in his He-178 airframe, making its first flight on 27 August 1939. Across the Channel in England, British engineer Frank Whittle had one of his new gas turbines installed in a Gloster G-40 airframe. These two aircraft would ultimately lead to an entirely new concept which would revolutionize the aviation world— the jet aircraft. In the US, little concern was paid to the new powerplant. The War Department was busy simply trying to catch up with the rest of the world regarding "normal" airplane types. There was a war in Europe, and another heating up in the Pacific.