P-80A Shooting Star

Our P-80A Cockpit

The Shooting Star was the first USAF aircraft to exceed 500 mph in level flight, the first American jet airplane to be manufactured in large quantities and the first USAF jet to be used in combat. Designed in 1943, the XP-80 made its maiden flight on Jan. 8, 1944. Several early P-80s were sent to Europe for demonstration, but WW II ended before the aircraft could be employed in combat. (The aircraft was redesignated in 1948 when "P" for "Pursuit" was changed to "F" for "Fighter.") 1,731 F-80s were built.










STATISTICS

Manufacturer

Lockheed

Powerplant

One Allison J33 Centrifigal Flow engine rated at 5,400 lbs. thrust with water-alcohol injection

Crew

Pilot

DIMENSIONS

Length

34 ft. 6 in.

Wing Span

38 ft. 10.5 in.

Height

11 ft. 4 in.

Empty Weight

8,420 lbs.

Loaded Weight

12,650 lbs.

Gross Weight

16,856 lbs.

PERFORMANCE

Max Speed

580 mph

Cruise Speed

487 mph

Combat Radius

 

Ferry Range

1,090 miles

Service Ceiling

46,800 ft

Max Climb Rate

4,580 ft/min

Thrust/Weight

0.43

ARMAMENT

Six .50 caliber Browning M2 Machine Guns

Two 1,000 lb. bombs
Eight 5 inch HVAR unguided rockets