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America’s First Jet Aircraft

 

The first U.S.jet aircraft didn’t blow the doors off of anything, but it was the first time surrounding pilots and observers were exposed to the eerie quiet and smoothness of jet flight. Yet even though America was entering the jet age, this video shows in the early years that simplistic ingenuity often saved the day – from the portable mission control center to the open-cockpit (human) flight data recorder to a $2 fix for sticky instruments.

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