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The first postwar jet fighters, such as the Gloster Meteor, de Havilland Vampire, the Yakovlev Yak-15 or Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, were straight-wing differed little in configuration or performance from the late-war piston-engine fighters, except for jet propulsion.

But these were quickly followed in the 1940s by designs that took advantage of swept-wing research conducted by German engineers during the war.

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