Aircraft-Technological Firsts

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  1. Velius

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    Hey everyone, I had an idea to post up this thread and see how far it can go. It should go in the "Technical" forum, but I couldn't decide which category to put it under. Anyway...

    Aircraft are very complex machines designed with sturdy structures and all kinds of systems operating together to achieve safe flight. Aircraft design and their systems have come a long way since 1903 and I've wondered which aircraft in history was the first to use certain features found on today's aircraft. Examples like first retractable undercarriage, first pressurized cabin, first flying wing concept, first using wing slats, etc. I'm sure ya'll got my point- the technological firsts on aircraft both in their systems and/or their structure.
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    I'll start this thread with an easy one- The Junkers J.1- the first all metal monoplane (1915)
     

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    First Multi Engined Aircraft:

    Sikorsky Russky Vityaz (1913)
     

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    Britain's first all-metal (aluminium/duralumin combination) aircraft. No wood or fabric. The Short Silver Streak. First flight, 20 August 1920.

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    HE 280

    First twin jet aircraft + ejection seat

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    Or did I jump too far ahead in aviation development features?

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    Also the first fighter jet design to be built and the first to fly under jet power.
    I think it was also the first to be tested in mock combat.
     
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    First jet powered aircraft built. (not turbojet, but in the context of using exhaust form combustion to produce thrust, he built a motorjet using a 50 hp engine to drive a centrifugal compressor at 4,000 rpm producing 220 kp thrust; ~485 lbf)

     
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    McDonellXFD-1

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    First all american Jet aircraft (its J-30 engines were the first indiginoud US design to be built and test run, and the first axial allied engine to enter production)

    It was also the first jet aircraft to take-off and land on a US carrier. (and secon in the world to take-off and land on a carrier, the Vampire being the first)
     
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    He 178, the first turbojet powered aircraft.
     
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    He118

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    First turbojet testbed, and first a/c to fly on turbojet power alone.
     
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    First successful AI radar fit, Fairey Battle (or possibly Blen 1F, depending on source), on or about May 1939
     
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    First Rocket propelled aircraft in flight

    Opel RAK-1 in September 1929

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    How about this one: Bell X-14

    First Jet with "open canopy" and it is UGLY

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    On to more mainstream stuf ;)

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    Gloster E.28/39 the first allied jet aircraft. Also the first a/c to fly powered by a Whittle engine.

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    XP-59A Airacomet, the first US jet powered aircraft, the first allied prototype fighter to fly, and the first allied twin jet to fly.
     
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    First purposely built Jet trainer, Fokker S.14:
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    Gloster Meteor Mk.I first operational allied Jet, and first jet fighter to enter "regular" service.
     
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    Arado Ar 234, first operational jet bomber, first jet aircraft to perform a recon mission, and first jet aircraft to perform operational duties.
     
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    De Havilland Vampire Mk.I. (originally "Spider Crab")

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    First single engine jet fighter to be built and to fly.

    First jet aircraft to take-off and land on a carrier.
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    First RAF aircraft (and first allied aircraft) to exceed 500 mph in level flight.
     
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    Some small corrections KK,

    1.) The Me-262 was the first jet fighter to enter service and military operations
    2.) The He-162 was the first single engined Jet fighter to see service and undergo military operations
     
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