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Hasegawa 1/48 P-38F/G/H Lightning "Beautiful Lass"

Hasegawa 1/48 P-38F/G/H Lightning "Beautiful Lass"

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II American fighter aircraft which had distinctive twin booms and a single, central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. The aircraft was used in a number of different roles, including dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing, photo reconnaissance missions and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with droppable fuel tanks under its wings.

The P-38 was used most extensively and successfully in the Pacific Theatre of Operations and the China-Burma-India Theatreof Operations, where it was flown by a number of American aces such as Richard Bong who had 40 victories in a Lightning he called Marge, and Thomas McGuire (in Pudgy) who had 38 victories.

The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in active production throughout the duration of American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day.