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Lockheed Lightning

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was known by a variety of names, including the "Yippee" and "Fork-Tailed Devil."  It is arguably the most famous aircraft produced during WWII, because it was the only plane produced throughout the entire length of United States involvement; from Pearl Harbor to Victory over Japan Day.

What makes this image particularly interesting, and perhaps misleading is the fact that it is portrayed here in a dogfight. The plane was notorious for its slow rolls and wide turning radius, which made it unsuitable for dogfights. The plane was used primarily for dive-bombings and level-bombings in the Pacific Theatre. The P-38 is shown flying steady amidst the chaos of air-warfare, promoting a strong, resilient military aircraft.

War Planes
Lockheed Lightning