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The P-38 Lightning was developed in response to a 1937 request from the Army Air Corps for a twin-engine interceptor that could climb to 20,000 feet in six minutes and have a top speed of 360 mph.
With the P-38 capable of high speeds, development was slowed by problems of compressibility and flutter, since little was known at the time about flight with near-transonic airflow over parts of air frames.
The P-38 saw service in Europe, where it gained the nickname "fork-tailed devil" by German pilots and soldiers.
However, it was in the Pacific where it found its greatest success.
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Beautiful P-38J Lightning "Pudgy" Famous Interceptor Aircraft of World War II