Willis JA-3 Jet/Rocket "Chain Lightning"

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Searching for any information, drawings, photo’s on the hypothetical “JA-3” experimental Jet/Rocket featured in the 1950 Bogart movie "Chain Lightning". Supersonic jet/rocket appears to be based on the Bell X-1 nose. Conflicting information some claim it was jet powered other sources rocket. I am not able to discern any inlets on the fuselage. Main feature was the unique escape pod concept put forth in the movie.

Original JA-3 model from the movie sold here:
 

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Sure. Here goes. I also have a great detailed article but it's in French:

http://www.cocardes.org/tvcine/mobile/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=278

If you're really interested I could translate it some other time.
 

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Thanks Stargazer... watched the movie today, felt like I was six years old again witnessing the dawn of the jet age...priceless. One of those had to have been there in the moment to understand and appreciate how corny old movies like this inspired the young imagination back in the fifties. All I needed was a cardboard box and I was off into the wild blue flying hot jets and rockets. The JA-3 is a classic design t somewhat resembles the F-16.
 

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airrocket said:
somewhat resembles the F-16.

??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

Honestly I can't see a hint of likeness! But, hey! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... LOL

To me the JA-3 echoes Republic designs such as the Thunderstreak and Thunderceptor... with a hint of Bell X-1 for the nose of course... :)
 

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Loved the movie. Bought the VHS version awhile back and they had it on either FOX or TCM so I have it on DVD now.

As for inlets to the motor I believe that they are sadly lacking since it probably added to the cost of the model and the full size replica LOL!!!

I've been thinking of making a model of this (in a smaller scale) for something different to wow the guys at my model club and have been searching for additional reference online without any luck so I gotta say thanks for leading me to these pictures.

Dennis
 

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I'm trying to locate the original model and full scale version of the JA-3 that were used in Chain Lightning 1950 by Warner Brothers. Where did the model go after the liveauctioneers purchase on Dec 30, 2009. What happened to the full size JA-3 (Prop) model and where are they both now. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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