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Lockheed P 38 Lightning Flying Bulls Flying at Le Bourget 2013

Lockheed P 38 Lightning Flying Bulls Flying at Le Bourget 2013
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Uploaded: Jul 10, 2015
Video Credit: Tamás Unyatyinszki

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning nicknamed Forked-Tailed Devil is a World War II heavy fighter aircraft from the United States designed by Clarence “Kelly” Johnson and manufactured by Lockheed. The P-38 was able to fly a steady course at 413 mph (665 km/h) making it the fastest production airplane in the world and it remained one of the fastest climbers right up to the end of WW II. The P-38 was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground-attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual path finding.The maiden flight was on the 27th of January 1939, going into service in 1941. Primary users were the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and Free French Air Force.There were approx. 10,037 P-38 lightning produced from 1941 up to 1945. The last P-38 Lightning retired from its service in 1965 to the Honduran Air Force. Cost per unit in 1944 was approx. 97,147 USD.


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