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Jet Engines & Aircraft

Beginning in World War II, the Navy developed jet engines that dramatically increased the speed of carrier aircraft, enabling them to approach enemy targets, execute an attack, and withdraw much faster than propeller-driven planes. Aircraft powered by jet engines figured prominently in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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Jet Engines

Jets use enclosed fans on a rotating shaft to compress the incoming ram air and send it into the combustion chamber where the fuel is added and ignited. The burning compressed air gases keep the shaft turning by rotating a fan before exiting the jet engine. The force produced by the engine is called thrust which pushes the aircraft forward.

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Jet Engine Diagram
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