10222.P-38 Lightning In Action

10222.P-38 Lightning In Action
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The book traces the development and combat history of the twin-engine, twin-boom, Lockheed P-38 Lightning from the first flight of the XP-38 in January1939 through a succession of models,
Price £14.99
Format Paperback
Pages 80
Illustrations 150 period photographs including 50 rare colour
Publisher Squadron Signal
ISBN Number 9780897478496
Product Description
The book traces the development and combat history of the twin-engine, twin-boom, Lockheed P-38 Lightning from the first flight of the XP-38 in January1939 through a succession of models, ending with the electronic-laden, two-seat P-38M. Created on the drawing boards of two of America’s most notable aircraft designers – Hall Hibbard and Clarence ‘Kelly’ Johnson – the P-38 Lightning was the only U.S. pursuit plane to remain in continuous production throughout WWII. In the Southwestern Pacific, the P-38 served as the U.S.Army Air Force’s primary long-range fighter prior to the arrival of the P-51D Mustang. Top American air aces and Medal-of-Honor winners Richard Bong and Thomas McGuire both flew Lightning’s, and it was a P-38 that brought down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s plane in April 1943. The Lightning saw service in Europe too, and it was after flying a P-38 to assess the progress of the Normandy Invasion in 1944, that U.S. Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle referred to the Lightning as “the sweetest-flying plane in the sky.” Illustrated with more than 150 period photographs, a third of them rare original colour photos, plus colour profiles and detailed line drawings.

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