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  • On New Year's Day, 1945, the navy ordered 100 straight-wing jet fighters from North American Aviation. The new aircraft was designated FJ-1 Fury. The Fury's performance was disappointing and the contract was cancelled after only 30 aircraft were delivered.
  • The North American engineers literally went back to the drawing board. They slimmed down the FJ-1's portly fuselage and, using data captured from the Germans at the end of World War II, added swept wings and tail surfaces. The result was the Air Force's classic F-86 Saber. When the Korean War broke out in 1950 the Navy's front-line jet fighters, the F9F Panther and F2H Banshee, were outperformed by the MiG 15. As a result, the navy asked North American to build a carrier-based variant of the F-86. The resulting aircraft, the FJ-2, was essentially an F-86E with a lengthened nose gear strut, an arrester hook and attach points for a catapult bridle.
  • Some 200 FJ-2's were built; all were delivered to the Marine Corps. The museum's Fury is an FJ-3, one of 538 built at North American's Columbus, Ohio plant. The FJ-3 featured an enlarged air inlet for its Wright engine. FJ-3s were delivered between September 1954 and August 1956. Some 80 aircraft were modified to carry the new AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missile. Most Furies were retrofitted with an in-flight refueling probe. A subsequent ground attack version, the FJ-4, was capable of carrying a nuclear weapon. Furies served into the early 1960s, and although they flew combat air patrols during the 1958 Lebanon Crisis, no Fury ever saw combat and none ever served with a foreign power.


Status: Unrestored
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Year: 1954
Model: FJ-3 Fury
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Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight: 17,190 lb.
Span: 37 ft. 1 in.
Length: 37 ft. 1 in.
Height: 13 ft. 7 in.
Maximum Speed: 681 mph
Cruise Speed: 518 mph
Rate of Climb: 8,450 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 x Wright J65-W2 turbojet (first 389 aircraft) or a Wright J-65-WAD
Range: 1,784 miles
Service Ceiling: 49,000 ft.
Armament: Four 20-mm cannon and hard points for missiles, bombs, or rockets


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