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[NNAM.1964.104.001] Aircraft - 'FJ-4/F-1 Fury'
FJ-4/F-1 Fury
Accession Number NNAM.1964.104.001
Accession Date 16/12/1964
Date Created 1956
Object Desciption Accepted by the Navy on 16 November 1956, the museum's FJ-4 Fury (redesignated F-1E in 1962) passed through Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron (FASRON) 8 before being assigned to Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF) 232 in January 1957. Serving with that squadron at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Naval Air Station (NAS) Atsugi, Japan, the aircraft joined MARS-17 at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, in January 1959. After spending three months with VMF-451 (May-August 1959), the museum's Fury served in FASRON-11, which marked the end of its squadron service. Its subsequent career following detachment from FASRON-11 in November 1959, it made its way back to the United States and served as a trainer at the Navy Combat Information Center Officer School and Naval Air Technical Training Unit at NAS Glynco, Georgia. It was stricken in December 1964 after accumulating 2,351 flight hours, and transferred to the Naval Aviation Museum. It is painted in the markings of VMF-232.
Place of Origin Columbus, Ohio
Notes In February 1953 North American began work on the ultimate version of the FJ Fury series of aircraft, one that would provide for increased range over its predecessors and increase the aircraft's capabilities as a fighter-bomber. Whereas its predecessors had been modified variations of the Air Force F-86, the FJ-4 was a distinctly new airplane. In order to accommodate an increased internal fuel capacity, engineers redesigned the fuselage to make it shorter and deeper. Particularly notable was its wing design, which featured high lift flaps, a controllable drooping leading edge, and mid span control surfaces. This translated into not only better performance when operating from a carrier, but also allowed for better performance at higher speeds.

The FJ-4 joined squadrons beginning in 1956, and as was the case with the FJ-2, most aircraft were operated by the Marine Corps. The appearance of the FJ-4B, an attack version of the aircraft that featured underwing pylons that could carry conventional or tactical nuclear weapons and Bullpup air-to-ground missiles, introduced Navy pilots to the aircraft as well. No matter the service, most who flew the FJ-4/4B Fury enjoyed the experience. "You wore the plane like a glove. It s maneuverability made it a fighter pilot's dream," recalled Blue Angel Chuck Hiett. Around the boat, the FJ-4 was responsive to control movements and very stable, making it an excellent carrier aircraft.

In fleet service, FJ-4Bs participated in Operation Cannonball in which Marine Fighter Squadrons (VMF) 212 and 214 completed a transpacific flight from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Kaneohe, Hawaii, to Naval Air Station (NAS) Atsugi, Japan. The October 1958, flight included two layovers and two in-flight refuelings. On 25 April 1959, Attack Squadron (VA) 212, equipped with FJ-4Bs, became the first squadron to deploy with the Bullpup missile, joining the Seventh Fleet on board the carrier Lexington (CVA 16).

All told, North American produced 374 FJ-4/4B aircraft. The Museum's FJ-4 (BuNo 139486) is one of only two to exist anywhere in the world. It is painted in the markings of VMF-232, the "Red Devils," which operated the aircraft during the period 1957-1959.

Specifications for the FJ-4

Manufacturer: North American Aviation, Inc.
Dimensions: Length: 36 ft., 4 in., Height 13 ft., 11 in., Wingspan: 39 ft., 1 in.
Weights: Empty: 13,210 lb.; Gross: 23,700 lb.
Power Plant: One 7,700 lb. static thrust Wright J65-W-16A turbojet
Performance: Maximum Speed: 680 M.P.H.; Service Ceiling: 46,800 ft.; Range: 2,020 miles
Armament: Four 20mm fixed forward-firing cannon and provisions for 3,000 lb. of ordnance or four AIM-9A Sidewinder missiles
Crew: Pilot
Side View of F-1E on Display
Front Quarter View of F-1E
View of F-1E Cockpit
View of the F-1E Cockpit
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