General Electric YJ93


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YJ93-GE-3 engine at National Museum of the United States Air Force
Type Turbojet
National origin United States
Manufacturer General Electric Aircraft Engines
Major applications North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Developed into General Electric GE4
YB-58 at Edwards AFB with GE J93 engine pod

The General Electric YJ93 turbojet engine was designed as the powerplant for both the North American XB-70 Valkyrie bomber and the North American XF-108 Rapier interceptor. The YJ93 was a single-shaft axial-flow turbojet with a variable-stator compressor and a fully variable convergent/divergent exhaust nozzle. The maximum sea-level thrust was 28,800 lbf (128 kN).[1]

Design and development

The YJ93 started life as the General Electric X275, an enlarged version of the General Electric J79 turbojet. This evolved to the X279 when Mach 3 cruise became a requirement, and ultimately became the YJ93.[2]

The engine used a special high-temperature JP-6 fuel. The six YJ93 engines in the XB-70 Valkyrie were capable of producing a thrust to weight ratio of 5:1 allowing for a speed of 2,000 mph (3,200 km/h) (approximately Mach 3) at an altitude of 70,000 feet (21,000 m).[3]

The XF-108 interceptor was cancelled outright and the B-70 project was re-oriented to a research project only.[4]


24,800 lbf (110 kN) thrust with afterburner.[5]
Production variant produced in small numbers for the North American XB-70 Valkyrie programme.
Variant with thrust reverser, 27,200 lbf (121 kN) thrust with afterburner.[6]
Variant intended for the North American XF-108 Rapier.


Specifications (J93-GE-3)

Data from Aircraft engines of the World 1966/77,[7] Military Turbojet/Turbofan Specifications,[8] North American XB-70A Valkyrie[1]

General characteristics

  • Type: Turbojet with afterburner
  • Length: 237 in (6,000 mm)
  • Diameter: 52.5 in (1,330 mm)
  • Dry weight: 5,000 lb (2,300 kg)


  • Compressor: 11-stage axial
  • Combustors: Annular with 36 dual fuel nozzles
  • Turbine: Two-stage axial
  • Fuel type: Special high-temperature JP-6 Fuel to MIL-F-25656
  • Oil system: Return oil spray system at 60 psi (410 kPa)


  • Maximum thrust: 22,000 lbf (98 kN) dry; 30,000 lbf (130 kN) with afterburner
  • Air mass flow: 275 lb/s (125 kg/s)
  • Turbine inlet temperature: 1,149 °C (2,100 °F; 1,422 K)
  • Specific fuel consumption: 0.700 lb/(lbf⋅h) (19.8 g/(kN⋅s)) dry; 1.800 lb/(lbf⋅h) (51.0 g/(kN⋅s)) wet
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio: 6

See also

Related development

Comparable engines

Related lists


  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Dennis R.; Landis, Tony (2002). North American XB-70A Valkyrie. North Branch [USA]: Specialty Press Publishers and Wholesalers. ISBN 1-58007-056-6.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dennis R. and Tony R. Landis. Valkyrie: North American's Mach 3 Superbomber. North Branch, Minnesota: Specialty Press, 2005. ISBN 1-58007-072-8.
  3. ^ National Museum of the USAF Retrieved: December 21, 2016
  4. ^ NB-58A Testbed for General Electric J93 Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Characteristics Summary: F-108A" (PDF). US Air Force. 2 May 1958. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Characteristics Summary: F-108A" (PDF). US Air Force. 15 December 1958. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Paul H. (1966). Aircraft engines of the World 1966/77 (21st ed.). London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. p. 83.
  8. ^ "Military Turbojet/Turbofan Specifications". Retrieved 31 December 2017.