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Lockheed P-38 Lightning


The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a World War 2 –era American piston-engined fighter plane. Developed for the United States Army Air Corp, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Allied propaganda claimed it had been nicknamed the fork-tailed devil by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese. Along with its use as a general fighter, the P-38 was utilized in various aerial combat roles including as a highly effective fighter bomber a night fighter and as a long range fighter escort when equipped with drop tanks. The P-38 was also used as a bomber-pathfinder, guiding streams of medium and heavy bombers to their targets.

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