General Electric J97

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Type Turbojet
National origin United States
Manufacturer General Electric
First run 1960s
Major applications Boeing YQM-94
AQM-91 Firefly
Developed from General Electric GE1

The General Electric J97 is a single-shaft turbojet engine designed and built by General Electric as a compact high-performance engine for light attack fighters and eventually a number of drone projects.

Development and design[edit]

The J97 was based on GE's General Electric GE1/J1 series of turbojets and the engine development was financed by the United States Air Force.[1] The original application was to be the Northrop P-530 (which later evolved into the YF-17), but it was ultimately only used in several small drone aircraft.[2]


  • Standard Variant
  • Variant of the engine with 11,760 lbf (52,300 N) of thrust proposed for use in the Super Dynamics O4-1B Robin supersonic business jet.[3]



Specifications (J97-GE-100)[edit]

Data from Flight International (1978).[4]

General characteristics

  • Type: Turbojet engine
  • Length: 109.5in (2.78m)
  • Diameter: 24.4in (0.62m)
  • Dry weight: 694lb (315kg)



See also[edit]

Related lists



  1. ^ "Turbine Engines of the World". Flight International. 4 January 1973. p. 34. 
  2. ^ J97 (1970). Flight International. 1 Jan 1970.
  3. ^ For the executive in a hurry (1976). Flight International. 5 Jun 1976, pg. 1488.
  4. ^ Flightglobal archive - Flight International, 7 Jan 1978, pg. 44. Retrieved: 9 Sept 2009