P-38 Lightning

P-38 Lightning - the instantly recognisable WW2 fighter in cartoon form.

P-38 Lightning

One of the most distinctive aircraft shapes of all time: the P-38 looks like no other aircraft. The Lightning carried America's top ace - the distinctively named Richard Bong. The Lightning particularly excelled in the Pacific, but also provided excellent service over Europe, where it was nick-named 'the fork-tailed devil' by the Germans. In the Pacific, a group of Lightnings intercepted and downed the aircraft carrying Admiral Yamamoto: the chief architect of Japan's Pacific campaign.

The Lightning was the only US combat aircraft that remained in continuous production throughout America's participation in WW2. The P-38 was also the first figther to fly faster than 400 mph.

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