General Electric J97

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.

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

Development and design

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)

Data from [4]

General characteristics

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



See also

Related lists


  1. "Turbine Engines of the World". FLIGHT International. 4 January 1973. p. 34.
  2. "J97". Aero Engines of the World 1970. FLIGHT International. 1 January 1970. p. 18.
  3. "For the executive in a hurry". FLIGHT International. 5 June 1976. p. 1488.
  4. "J97". International Turbine Engine Directory. FLIGHT International. 7 January 1978. p. 44.
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