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How WWII Fighter Planes Worked

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The film "Pearl Harbor" is now playing. Look at the aircraft involved in that battle, technological marvels for their time.

Why doesn't the exhaust in a jet engine come out the front?

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I have been reading about jet engines for a long time. I would like to know how the air that comes from the compressors doesn't force its way back through them (out the front of the engine) after exploding in the burning chamber. In a four-stroke engine (for example), there are valves to close the chamber just before burning. The pressure in the jet burning chamber is much higher than that of incoming air flow, so what makes the exhaust air flow only to the exit (turbo) fan?

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