After the war had ended
the aircraft industry was quickly deprived of its expectation, putting itself
in historical state of no improvements. The governments business was greatly
reduced as the armed forces returned to minimum manning after the war. There
was a brief discontinuity in the no improvement pace was because of the AAF’s
interest in jets, after experiencing German fighter jets and bombers in battle.
AAF put eight fighters and seven bombers into development. Lockheed Martin made
up the AAF’s first post war fighter jet programs with the F-80’s and F-84’s.
Despite the production of the B-29 built in the war production continued to
improve this bomber which has reassigned to an B-50. The military’s need for a
Cargo aircraft was met with the Fairchild C-82.
the same time civil aviation, the jet engine allowed a huge expansion of
commercial air travel, in the military it lead to an outbreak of production of
supersonic aircrafts. The first supersonic flight was achieved in 1947 by the
American Bell X—1 rocket plane however usage of rocket engines would be short
lived. The development of the afterburner soon allowed jet engines to provide
similar levels of thrust and longer range. The first commercial jetliner was
being developed which was the British de Havilland Comet it took three years to
develop and ended up suffering from an unexpected problem known as metal
fatigue. Boeing eventually overtook the design and improved on it.
Original turbojet engines were not great with fuel-efficiency
the turbofan engines improved on the fuel-efficiency by improving airflow around
inside the engines core and mixing it with the exhaust ultimately increasing the
range and lowering the cost of flight operations and travels. On a different aspect the turbine category was
starting to outshine. The turbine energizes not only the compressor but as well
as the main propeller, lower speeds and lower altitudes this design is more effective
and economical then the jet turbine, while having greater power for less weight
than a piston engine. Rolls-Royce powered the Vickers Viscount airliner which started
in 1948 and remains to this day.