What Type of Air Force Fighter Jets Were Used in World War II?


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The U.S. Army Air Forces did not field any jet fighters in World War II. However, the United States developed a number of prototype jet aircraft during the war, and the most successful of these, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, did eventually see combat during the Korean War.

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In test flights, the prototype Shooting Star was capable of reaching air speeds of more than 500 miles per hour. In January of 1946, Colonel William H. Councill flew a P-80 nonstop across the United States at an average speed of 584 miles per hour, successfully completing the first transcontinental jet flight.

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