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December 5, 1956 - The First Flight of the FJ-4B Fury

Posted December 05, 2007 11:39 AM by Steve Melito

On this day in engineering history, the FJ-4B Fury made its first flight from the factory. Built by North American Aviation, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, this single-seat aircraft was issued to nine U.S. Navy and three Marine Corps squadrons, including the legendary "Black Sheep" (VMA-214) of World War II fame. Powered by a Wright J65-W-16A engine that produced 7,800 lbs. of thrust, the North American FJ-4B Fury achieved altitudes of 46,800 feet and reached sea-level speeds of 680 mph. To boost its operational range to 1,300 miles, this carrier-based aircraft used external fuel tanks, allowing it to carry 50% more jet fuel than the FJ-3 Fury. Before production ended in May 1958, a total of 372 FJ-4s Furies were built.

After the Korean War ended in 1953, the U.S. Navy needed an interim jet fighter while two afterburner-equipped aircraft, the F8U Crusader and the F11F Tiger, were under development. Although some observers likened the FJ-4 to either the FJ-3 or the F-86 Sabre, the new airplane was more than a modified design. Whereas the first Navy Furies used aerodynamically-actuated, leading-edge slats, the FJ-4 used a drooping-wing design. The FJ-4's successor, the FJ-4B Fury, also incorporated this feature to improve low-speed handling and provide additional life during landing. The drooping leading edges were linked mechanically to the trailing-edge flaps, and could be extended only when these flaps were down.

The FJ-4B Fury was billed as the ground-attack version of the FJ-4, but was characterized by some important differences. Strengthened to carry six under-wing ordinance stations, the FJ-4B could hold two drop tanks, each with 200 gallons of jet fuel. The FJ-4B was also fitted with a permanent in-flight refueling probe and an additional pair of brakes to reduce speeds during low-level bombing runs. The aircraft's low altitude bombing system (LABS) could carry a nuclear weapon on the second wing station, but required the removal of the radar-ranging gun sight. Five Martin ASM-N-7 Bullpup surface-to-air (SAM) guided missiles were driven by solid rocket motors made by Aerojet General Corporation of California. Each of these weapons weighed a hefty 571 lbs.

Editor's Note: The picture which accompanies this story is a restored version of the aircraft taken at the EAA Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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12/05/2007 4:15 PM

Hi Moose:

I respectfully disagree with Andy Germany regarding "http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/fj.htm". Its content may not please everyone, but it is very informative and contains nothing that the bad guys don't already know. Nice posting Moose. Keep 'em coming.

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12/05/2007 5:04 PM

Good to hear from you, Dick! If I understand Andy Germany's report correctly, his anti-virus software reports a problem with the Global Security link. That being the case, I've added the asterisk as a cautionary note.

Personally, I visit Global Security on a regular basis and haven't had any problems with their web site. The fact that it was quoted in my local newspaper (hardly a bastion of hardcore reporting) indicates to me that it's pretty mainstream.

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12/06/2007 4:05 PM

Thanks Moose... I must concede that looking at the picture I noticed the resemblance to the F-86, which was also built by North American. I always enjoy your contributions.

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12/06/2007 4:21 PM

Thanks, Bill. I'm glad you enjoy these stories. I look forward to writing them, and am greatly encouraged whenever I receive comments from CR4ers such as yourself.

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