Lockheed P-38 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

     

Lockheed P-38 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Between 1942 and 1945, the thunder of P-38 Lightnings was heard around the world. U. S. Army pilots flew the P-38 over Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific; from the frozen Aleutian Islands to the sun-baked deserts of North Africa. Measured by success in combat, Lockheed engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson and a team of designers created the most successful twin-engine fighter ever flown by any nation. In the Pacific Theater, Lightning pilots downed more Japanese aircraft than pilots flying any other Army Air Forces warplane.

Image Number: 2004-18145
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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