Monday, July 06, 2009

Thematic Photographic 56: "Aviation" v.6.0


"Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star"
Washington, DC - April, 1999 (Click to embiggen)

Thematic Photographic hosted by Carmi - Button Image by Smarmoofus Hosted by Written Inc.

Though it was fielded too late to join the Second World War, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting star did make its production debut in 1945. In addition to being the first production jet fighter built in the US, the F-80 was also among the few -- and first -- aircraft used by the Air Force and adapted for carrier use by the Navy. (This kind of crossover can be problematic given the design constraints for carrier-based aircraft).

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