The first of many successful jet aircraft from the McDonnell stables, the FH-1 Phantom was the first jet aircraft for the US Navy, with the first delivery taking place 26 January 1945. The only Navy squadron equipped with the Phantom was VF-17A, from 23 July 1945; the aircraft were later delivered to Marine units, and according to Matthew, this aircraft sports USMC markings. Specifications as follows:
Engines: 2x Westinghouse 19xB-2-B, 1600lb thrust each
Length: 38' 10"
Span: 40' 9"
GWT: 9820 lbs.
Top speed: 479 mph
Last delivery May 1948
This walkaround was graciously submitted by fellow Hyperscaler Matthew Quinney. The subject aircraft is airframe #20 of 61 produced. Please note the white leather seat padding was NOT considered a standard option while in squadron service! :)