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05-10-2002, 09:46 AM
OK... this is like the chicken or the egg question. Were jets named after the jetstream, or was the jetstream named after jets? In other words....What came first... the Jet, or the Jetstream? :-hmmm:-hmmm:-hmmm:-hmmm
05-10-2002, 11:24 AM
That is the dumbest question I have ever heard.
Maybe you should watch TLC instead of FOX.
05-10-2002, 12:16 PM
Didn't your mother ever tell you there is no such thing as dumb questions.... only dumb answers.
This question was kind of put out there tongue-in-cheek my friend. Don't be so quick to flame me just because you don't like the question.
I appologize for offending you with my "dumb question". Next time you see a dumb question posted on the board, may I suggest you pass it by, rather than throwing rocks at the person who posted it.
Oh, and for the record... I do watch TLC. FOX just ain't my thing.
Have a nice day.
05-10-2002, 02:15 PM
LAST EDITED ON May-10-02 AT 02:20PM (EDT)[p]First there was a 'JET' of fluid or gas. A forceful stream. Thus JET aircraft, developed in the 30's. The atmospheric 'jetstream' was probably discovered later as jet aircraft explored higher altitudes. It was probably named because of it's own properties.
Then again, I could be wrong....Craig :-wave:-wave
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05-10-2002, 02:55 PM
Ok, ok....I'm sorry.
05-10-2002, 02:58 PM
I think the jetstream was discovered before the jet age.
I seem to recall that the Japanese use to 'attempt' to bomb the US by launching large balloons loaded with explosives into the jetstream which would carry it over the states as the balloon descended after the gas became inert.
05-10-2002, 03:47 PM
:-) Accepted.... thanks. :-wave
05-10-2002, 11:31 PM
Jet is actually short for jettison, which means by definition to cast or throw out. When the high pressure from a "Jet" engine is jettisoned, Newtons 3rd law as we all know states that for every action, there is an equil but opposite reaction. Thus propelling the engine (and whatever is attacted to it ie: the plane) in the opposite direction as the force exiting. Durring WWII, the Germans had developed the Jet engine (maybe others too, on that my history may not be exact ) and noticed that when flying at certain altitudes, it seemed to take much longer flying east to west. And they also noticed that when flying west to east, they could cover much more ground with less effort. Thus, in meteorology, it was named the "jet stream" because the stream of high force wind were discovered by aircraft that could obtain such altitudes - the jet aircraft.
This is the way I understand it to be. If I am not correct, I humbly conceed to the proper history behind this. :)
05-11-2002, 08:47 AM
for a 'dumb'??? question it sure attracted some quality answers. I actually learnt something and it is a question that i have asked on a number of occassions, but never did get quality answers like those seen here.
So....if you have any more 'dumb' questions, please post again...we can all learn from the answers.
Canada 'rocks'!!, if only i could ever get there.
05-11-2002, 07:44 PM
Actaully, it was an englishman Frank Whittle, who developed and built the first working jet engine, he was shortly followed by the germans. The German Fokker company built the world's first jet aircraft, and the Messerschmitt Me-262 was the first operational jet fighter. So although the Germans were'nt the forst to build a jet engine, they were the first to use them. A development of Whittle's engine powered the gloster meteor, which went into service with the RAF just after the war had ended. Just thought you might like to know.... :-)
05-11-2002, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the history lesson/clarification. I was pretty sure it were the Germans who first used the jet engine in their a/c, but wasn't sure on who developed it.
Interesting stuff - thanks for the info :)
05-13-2002, 12:26 AM
I was actually thinking of Jetstream aircraft. When people started talking about winds it took a little while to click. Must be having a senior moment.
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