McDonnell received a U.S. Navy contract to produce a fighter to be powered by turbojet engines that were then in development. Three prototypes were ordered in August 1943, with the first flight being made in January 1945. Successful testing resulted in 100 production aircraft being ordered, but war-end cancellations resulted in only 60 being built during 1947-48. The Phantom's service life was short, as it was soon replaced by more advanced aircraft. However, it was the first US pure jet to operate on an aircraft carrier, and the first jet to serve with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines.
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McDonnell FD/FH Phantom
Type: single-seat carrier-based jet fighter Crew: 1 Armament: four .50 cal machine guns in nose Specifications: Length: 38' 9" (11.81 m) Height: 14' 2" (4.32 m) Wingspan: 40' 9" (12.42 m) Wing area: 276 sq. ft (25.64 sq. m) Empty Weight: 6683 lb (3031 kg) Max Weight: 12,035 lb (5459 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Westinghouse J30-WE-20 turbojet Horsepower: 1600 lb. thrust each Performance: Range: 980 miles (1577 km) Cruise Speed: 284 mph ( 399 km/h) Max Speed: 479 mph ( 771 km/h) at sea level Ceiling: 41,100 ft (12,525 m)
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