THE FIRST TURBOJET ENGINE MASS PRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES.
Powering the first
U.S. JET FIGHTER
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. Development began in 1943, when the government believed that future tactical needs would require turbojet engines to use the same fuel as reciprocating engines. 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.