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P-38 Lightning


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Includes one P-38 Lightning model; one aircraft dice; one plastic flight stand; two Rare earth magnets & one Decal sheet.

Named “fork-tailed devil” by the Luftwaffe and “two planes; one pilot” by the Japanese; the P-38 was used in a number of roles. These ranged from dive bombing; level bombing and ground-attack to photo-reconnaissance missions and even as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.

The P-38 Lightning came out of a program in 1937 by the United States Army Air Corps calling for the design of a high-altitude interceptor with 'the tactical mission of interception and attack of hostile aircraft at high altitude'. In the European theatre of operations the P-38 Lightning first saw service as a fighter escort for B-17 Flying Fortress bombers; and continued to do so throughout the war. Eventually the also began to be employed in the ground attack role.

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