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First generation jet fighters are the first attempts at creation of fighter aircraft using jet engines. A few were developed during the closing days of World War II and saw very limited combat operations. The first generation can be split into two broad groups, slower craft with straight wings common to World War II era fighters such as the Gloster Meteor, and mature swept wing designs such as the F-86 used in the Korean War which are controllable at transonic speeds.

Early jet fighters did not have the range to escort bombers all the way to the target and back, the same problem that had beset the USAAF during the early part of the daylight b

Early jet fighters did not have the range to escort bombers all the way to the target and back, the same problem that had beset the USAAF during the early part of the daylight bombing campaigns of World War II. Having the bomber carry a fighter as well as turrets to defend itself led to some unusual designs, none of which were implemented.

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