Military Photos: The First ‘Lightning’

The original ‘Lightning’ was the U.S. Army Air Force’s first long-range escort fighter

Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Although constructed as a long-range escort fighter, the P-38’s that went into service in 1942 were a number of F-4 photo reconnaissance versions. Later, the Lightning was also used as fighter-bomber, night fighter and dive bomber. The ‘Lightning’ was retired from service in the U.S. in 1949 and in most other air forces during the fifties, but the Honduran Air Force kept operating them until 1965.

Designer was Lockheed’s famous Clarence “Kelly” Johnson who in later years was responsible for designing the U-2 and the SR-71, still the fastest plane ever operated by any air force.

You can find some information about the original ‘Lightning’ on the Lockheed website and on Aviation History. It is also worth reading the comprehensive article on Wikipedia.

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Military Photos: A Flight of Ospreys

A sight to behold: four MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in formation en-route from Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea.

Four MV-22 Ospreys
Four MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Image Copyright U.S. Marine Corps)

The shot was taken from a KC-130J tanker that escorted the Ospreys from Helmand in Afghanistan to meet the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in the Arabian Sea.

More about the aircraft in service with the U.S. Marine Corps on their website and on the Marine Corps MV-22 fact sheet.

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Air Show Marks 100 Years of Aviation in Bulgaria

The event, which took place at the small Lesnovo airport 35 km east of the capital Sofia, marked the 100th anniversary of  civil aviation in Bulgaria.

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(All Images Copyright Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography)

For a lot more images from the air show in Lesnovo go to my website.

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