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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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Snake Bit

P-39 Airacobra on the flight line

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The story of an unorthodox World War II fighter that found its home on the eastern front.

 

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The Boeing P-26 Peashooter

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This Was The Aircraft Meant To Cause Fear In Our Enemies

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Naming aircraft has a way to predetermine their future. Take a look at the Thunderbolt or the Warthog as good examples of how a strong name can make you believe it’s a strong aircraft. Sometimes an aircraft takes on a name that just doesn’t help.

 

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What is Your Favorite Fighter of World War II

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Bell P-39 Airacobra

What is your favorite fighter of World War II?

 

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How to improve the Thunderbolt

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When you look at a P-47 Thunderbolt naturally you think it needs more power and firepower, right?

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