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    The Lockheed P-38 Lightning entered service in 1941, it was a twin-engined heavy fighter with a long range which proved very effective in the Pacific Theatre.

    The Lightning's design was unusual with twin tail-booms and a separate pod for the pilot, a feature found on very few aircraft at the time such as the Fokker G.I and the Fw-189, but the concept lived on in several British jet fighters of the 50s.

    The Lightning was armed with 4 x 12.7mm machine guns, and 1 x 20mm cannon clustered in the nose, was also adapted for ground-attack with rockets and bombs being carried under the wings.

    P-38J of the 27th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 55th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 67th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 71st Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 79th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 80th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 82nd Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 95th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 97th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.


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    P-38J of the 338th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 384th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 401st Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 428th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 429th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 431st Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 432nd Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 434th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.



    P-38J of the 436th Fighter Squadron USAAF 1944.


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    P-38L of the Cuban Air Force 1947.



    P-38L of the Honduran Air Force 1948.



    P-38L of 4 Stormo Italian Air Force 1946.



    F-5G of the French Air Force 1945.



    F-5G of the French Air Force 1945.



    F-5G of the Taiwan (Chinese Nationalist) Air Force 1946.


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    Thanx Clave...an aircraft that looked ahead of its time.



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    The Lightning's design was unusual with twin tail-booms and a separate pod for the pilot, a feature found on very few aircraft at the time such as the Fokker G.I and the Fw-189, but the concept lived on in several British jet fighters of the 50s.
    Into the 70's in fact with the Sea Vixen





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    Might also want to look at the Convair Model 106 Skycoach.

    Or the OV10A Bronco.

    And it's understood that Harley Earl, an employee of General Motors, had a passion for fighter planes. After studying the Lockheed P-38 fighter, the design of which he deeply admired, he decided to design a car with “back wings” or fins, similar to the appearance of the plane’s back end. The Cadillac was his creation, the first car to show off these flamboyant rear tail fins to the public.

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    In fact.... there are alot of them!

    AI RQ-7 Shadow
    Abrams P-1 Explorer
    AD Scout
    Adam A500
    Adam A700
    ADI Condor
    Albatros D.VI
    Antonov A-40
    Alenia Aeronautica Sky-Y
    Armstechno NITI
    BAE Systems Phoenix
    BAE SkyEye
    Bell XP-52
    Blériot 125
    Blohm & Voss BV 138
    Burnelli CBY-3
    Cessna O-2 Skymaster
    Cessna Skymaster
    Conroy Stolifter
    Canaero Toucan
    Convair Model 48 Charger
    De Havilland Sea Vixen
    De Havilland Vampire
    De Havilland Venom
    D cont. DRDO Nishant
    Fairchild AC-119
    Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
    Fairchild C-82 Packet
    Fairchild XC-120 Packplane
    Focke-Wulf Project VII
    Fokker F.25
    Fokker G.I
    Galileo Falco
    Galileo Mirach 26
    Hughes D-2
    Hydra Technologies Ehécatl
    Hughes XF-11
    I.S.T. XL-15 Tagak
    IAI Eitan
    IAI Heron
    IAI Scout
    IAI Searcher
    Kalinin K-7
    Lockheed P-38 Lightning
    Lockheed XP-49
    Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
    Mirsad-1
    Nord Noratlas
    North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
    N cont. Northrop F-15 Reporter
    Northrop P-61 Black Widow
    RTAF-5
    RUAG Ranger
    S-TEC Sentry
    Saab 21
    Saab 21R
    Savoia-Marchetti heavy fighter prototypes
    Scaled Composites Model 395
    Scaled Composites Pond Racer
    Scaled Composites Proteus
    Scaled Composites White Knight
    Shahbal
    Sikorsky S-38
    Sikorsky S-40
    SIPA S.200 Minijet
    Sukhoi Su-80
    Schweizer RU-38 Twin Condor
    Spectrum SA-550
    Transavia PL-12 Airtruk
    Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer
    Vultee XP-54
    Vultee XP-68 Tornado
    Weymann 66
    Yakovlev Yak-141
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    Amazing list!

    I remember seeing pictures of the Skymaster as a kid and being fascinated by the twin front-and-rear engines...

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    Why was the plane originally built with 2 tail booms? Did it help the performance of the plane compared to other planes of the era with only 1 tail fin?

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    The designer, Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson, was asked to make a twin engine fighter 'intercepter' that could hit 400 mph.

    He toyed with several of basic designs.

    http://p38assn.org/images/personnel/sketch.jpg

    And he decided the twin boom, with the superturbo charger intercoolers in the wings themselves, would make it.

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    I saw one a few years ago at an airport somewhere in Texas. What a great airplane and seeing one close up was truly a great experience.

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    I got to fly in one! In the mid ‘50’s as a kid I went up in a P-38 w/a second seat behind the pilot. It was owned by the father of a friend and another WWII vet, they had both flown the plane in the war. I only got the one trip as I up chucked in the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muscogeemike View Post
    I got to fly in one! In the mid ‘50’s as a kid I went up in a P-38 w/a second seat behind the pilot. It was owned by the father of a friend and another WWII vet, they had both flown the plane in the war. I only got the one trip as I up chucked in the plane.
    I bet that went over well. Did the pilot fly like crazy, rolling around like he was in a dogfight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laconia View Post
    I bet that went over well. Did the pilot fly like crazy, rolling around like he was in a dogfight?
    He was doing some stunts - I really don't remember much beyond being so impressed with the plane. I did have enough sense to puke on the floor and it wasn't a lot, the pilot opened the windows and landed - he never said a word.

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    Greetings,

    Cute story!
    And what happened to the plane? Is it maybe still under a pile of hay in a barn nowdays, or they sold it later?
    Do you have any pictures of it?

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