Wright J65 Turbojet Engine
Developed from British Sapphire, the Wright J-65 was an axial-flow turbojet engine produced by Curtiss-Wright under license from Armstrong Siddeley. Curtiss-Wright purchased a license for the Sapphire in 1950, with plans to have the production lines running in 1951.
However a series of delays led to its service introduction slipping a full two years, by which point the Pratt & Whitney J57 was on the market and took many of the J-65's potential sales.
Used in the Martin B-57, its original target, the J-65 went on to power versions of the A-4 Skyhawk, B-57 Canberra, F-11 Tiger, F-84F Thunderstreak, FJ-3 Fury, FJ-4 Fury, and Lockheed XF-104.
The XF-104 was fitted with a Wright J65 jet engine. A very long fuselage contained the cockpit and fuel cells, landing gear, and a single Wright YJ65-W-6 turbojet engine.
The first flight was on 5 March 1954. This design had enormous promise, but subsequent flights soon revealed that the J65 could deliver a maximum speed of only Mach 1.79 (1,324 mph), approximately double that of the F-86 but still short of the Air Force's requirement of Mach 2.0 or better.
Erected by Joe Davies Heritage Airpark.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1954.
Location. 34° 36.176′ N, 118° 5.271′ W. Marker is in Palmdale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on E Avenue P, on the right when traveling west. Located at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 E Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MK-20 Rockeye Cluster Bomb Unit (a few steps from this marker); A-4AR Cockpit Trainer (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101 Voodoo Escort Fighter (within shouting distance of this marker); William J. "Pete" Knight (within shouting distance of this marker); A.W. "Tony" LeVier 1913-1998 (within shouting distance of this marker); F-86F-30 (within shouting distance of this marker); B-2 Spirit (within shouting distance of this marker); Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmdale.
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