Airplane photos: P-38 edition

Nice photos of P-38 Lightning, courtesy of U.S. Air Force:

 

OVER VIRGINA — Steve Hinton flies “Glacier Girl,” a P-38 Lightning dug out from 268 feet of ice in eastern Greenland in 1992. The aircraft was part of a heritage flight during an air show at Langley Air Force Base, Va., on May 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker). Last I knew, “Glacier Girl” resides at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California

Orlando, Fla. – Barely visible beneath the wings of a Lockhead P-38 Lighting are the deadly bombs with which this multi-purpose plane can blast enemy troops, ships and gun emplacements. As shown in recent demonsrations at the AAF Tactical Center, Orlando, Fla., the Lockhead P-38, now being used as a fighter-bomber, is capable of carrying bomb pay loads up to 2,000 pounds, thus affording the Allies another potent weapon for use against Germany and Japan in coming offensive. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force, circa early in World War II. (Text is obviously from WWII.)

 

P-38 Lightning (U.S. Air Force photo) Appears to be World War II vintage photograph.

 

P-38 was used extensively as a long-range escort fighter and saw action in practically every major combat area of the world. A very versatile aircraft, the Lightning was also used for dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance missions. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force; no further attribution.

 

P-38 Lightning in flight. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force; no further attribution. Appears to be WWII vintage.

 

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