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P-38 Lightning in Action
Category: Historical Books
Genre: Book - Reference - Historical, Book - Reference - Military
Product Line: Aircraft Series (Squadron/Signal Productions)
Author: David Doyle
Publish Date: 2011
Pages: 72
Dimensions: 11x8x.2"
In Print: No
Condition: EX    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147892311 978-0-89747-626-3 #222 Softcover EX

The development and combat history of the twin-engine, twin-boom, Lockheed P-38 Lightning from the first flight of the XP-38 in January 1939 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 US pursuit plane to remain in continuous production throughout WWII. In the Southwestern Pacific, the P-38 served as the USAAF'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 Lightnings, 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 US Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle referred to the Lightning as "the sweetest-flying plane in the sky." Illustrated with nearly 150 period photographs, a third of them rare original color photos, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings. 72 pages.

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