New England Air Museum
General Electric J-31 Turbojet


General Electric JT31


The J-31 (also known as the GE 1-16) was the first turbojet engine mass produced in the United States and was based on the British Whittle-1. Two J-31'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.

This engine is located in the Military Hangar near the Lockheed F-104C display.

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Type:: Turbojet
Compressor: Centrifugal
Turbine: Single-stage
Weight: 850 lbs.
Thrust: 1,650 lbs.
Maximum rpm: 16,500
NEAM Id: 75


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