|Quoting Legs (Reply 3):|
The F-111s have a pair of TF-30 with afterburners, and I believe they first flew marginally before the A-7, although I could be wrong. Im also wondering if a Soviet plane might take the honour?
|Quoting FlagshipAZ (Thread starter):|
the F-4 were turbojet-powered
|Quoting FBU 4EVER! (Reply 5):|
I believe the first turbofan bomber was the B
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 10):|
first fighter equipped with
|Quoting Baroque (Reply 11):|
IIRC soon after the first F-111 deliveries it was withdrawn due to a number of faults in the early planes.
|Quoting Iwok (Reply 13):|
I thought that the Harrier used a centrifugal turbine as opposed to the axial type? If so I don't think it qualifies as a turbo fan per se (of course I am probably waaaaayyyy off base
|Quoting Hunterson (Reply 16):|
The TF-30 was certainly the first operationally viable "turbofan" on a military combat-rated aircraft.
|Quoting Hunterson (Reply 18):|
The Spey was indeed combat-rated, though not re-heated, and that probably makes the Buccaneer the first operational turbofan powered combat aircraft. I can not really think of any earlier type.
|Quoting Baroque (Reply 19):|
|Quoting Hunterson (Reply 20):|
Take your pick: Was it the F-111, or the Buccaneer, or the A-7 Corsair ?
I guess it all depends on ones definition of Fighter, bomber, or fighter-bomber !!!