General Electric J31/I-16

General Electric J31/I-16 aircraft engine at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Turbojet
Turbine:   Single-stage axial
Compressor:   Single-stage double-sided centrifugal
Displacement:   176 cu. in
Weight:   850 lbs.
Power Output:   1,650 lbf thrust
Year:   1943
NEAM Id:   75
Location:   Military Hangar

The J31 (also known as the GE I-16) was the first turbojet engine mass produced in the United States and was based on the British Whittle-1. Two J31's powered the Bell P-59A Airacomet, this first U.S. jet fighter. Two-hundred and forty one were built. It produced 1,650 lbs. of thrust and had a maximum of 16,500 rpm.

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