F-80 Shooting Star Specs

The F-80 Shooting Star has a lot of firsts going for it. It was the first operational fighter in the Army Air Corp, the first American jet to reach greater than 500 mph, it even won the first all jet fighter air battle. The F-80 was designed by Lockheed during WWII and its design team even included the gamed Kelly Johnson of Skunk Works fame.

The Shooting Star was a highly reliable and for the time fast fighter. It was finished during the end of the WWII and first saw action in the Korean War. There on Nov. 8, 1950 it won the first all jet air to air combat against a MIG 15. The F-80 was such a reliable design that the long time jet trainer or the USAF, the T-33, is derived from the Shooting star. In total more than 1700 F-80s and almost 7000 T-33s were built. The F-80 has had a great impact on how the military worked with jet aircraft and how to use them in combat.

Function:         Fighter
Contractor:         Lockheed.
Power Plant:         Allison J33 w/ 5,400 lbs of thrust
Length:         34 ft. 6 in.
Height:         11 ft. 4 in.
Max Weight:         16,865 lb.
Ceiling:         46,800 Ft
Wingspan:         38 ft. 6 in.
Speed:         580 Mph
Range:         1090 miles
Armament:         6 50 cal machine guns and eight 5 in. rockets or 2,000 lbs or bambs
Crew:         1
Deployment Date:         1945
Cost:         $94,000