What is the first fighter jet that utilised thrust vectoring nozzles?

  • $\begingroup$ I would bet on some crazy Nazi design. $\endgroup$ Commented May 13, 2017 at 0:31
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia: "A design for a jet incorporating thrust vectoring was submitted in 1949 to the British Air Ministry by Percy Walwyn. Official interest was curtailed when it was realised that the designer was a patient in a mental hospital." $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented May 13, 2017 at 3:25
  • $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer That so needs to be an answer ... $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2017 at 13:02

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Hawker harrier... (actual plane that got used) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_Harrier

  • $\begingroup$ This answer would be better if substantiated with links or sources. $\endgroup$
    – J W
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 1:12
  • $\begingroup$ absolutely... added link. $\endgroup$ Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:06
  • $\begingroup$ Although not a fighter, the prototype of the A-6 Intruder (YA2F-1) had tilting nozzles which were removed at some point after the flight testing had begun. There is a pretty nice photo of it in the A-6 Intruder article on Wikipedia, but for some reason I can't paste the link into the comment. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ Surely this should be the Hawker Siddeley P.1127 / Kestrel ? $\endgroup$
    – MikeB
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 11:39

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