Airborne Awesomosity

P-38 Engine Start

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a damn sexy bird. It was primarily used in the Pacific Theater during WW2 as a bomber, night fighter, ground attack, and long range escort. It was extremely forgiving, but that meant it was also not quite as maneuverable as some of the other fighters in the war. Therefore, it’s use as a dogfighter was limited. It was also the only US aircraft to be in production from Pearl Harbor through V-J Day. Hit the jump for a video of the P-38J at the Chino Planes of Fame Museum, 23 Skidoo, startup and taxi. Crank up the speakers and immerse yourself in the sound of the two turbo-supercharged Allison V-1710-89/91 engines.

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Airborne Awesomosity

XP-58 Chain Lightning

Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

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When the P-38 showed itself to be successful the US Air Force looked at what other roles it could fill. This lead to the creation to one of the more unusual Lightnings by Lockheed.

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