Into the Jet Age Archives - NNAM

Into the Jet Age

FH-1 Phantom

The initial design for the FH-1 Phantom featured three small jet engines on each wing before finalization of the twin-engine design.  The airplane was the Navy’s first operational jet and made its maiden flight on January 26, 1945.  The top speed for the Phantom was 479 m.p.h., which was some 60 m.p.h. slower than the

F2H-2P Banshee

The Banshee received its nickname because of the wailing sound that its engine made.  Both fighter and photoreconnaissance versions of the airplane flew in Korea, the latter one like that displayed in the museum featuring a longer nose to house cameras.  Filled with concrete, the airplane on display was once a fixture at a children’s