WWII - P-38 Lightning

The P-38 Lightning introduced a new dimension to American fighters - a second engine. The multi-engine configuration reduced the Lightning loss-rate to anti-aircraft gunfire during ground attack missions. Single-engine airplanes equipped with power plants cooled by pressurized liquid, such as the North American P-51 Mustang, were particularly vulnerable. Even a small nick in one coolant line could cause the engine to seize in a matter of minutes. 

P-38J Lightning - select to enlarge

P-38J Lightning

"Pudgy IV" 431st FS, 475th FG, Maj. Thomas McGuire 1:48 Scale

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