Lightning Strikes: F-5’s & P-38’s

Webp.net-resizeimage (8)F-5 42-13095 of the 12th Photo Recon Squadron zooms in for landing at its base in Italy. This aircraft carried three names: “Shark” on the nose. “Louise” on the left engine nacelle, “Vera” on the right.Webp.net-resizeimage (6)Webp.net-resizeimage (7)Two shots of “Anna” landing in Italy. Note the local civilian onlookers. Webp.net-resizeimage (9)F-5 “Hoppy” flares for landing.Webp.net-resizeimage (1)Webp.net-resizeimage (4)F-5F 44-26045 was transferred to the Chinese Air Force. The same thing happened to the B-24 in the background, 44-42270. Perhaps all of the aircraft pictured were similarly transferred (?)Webp.net-resizeimageP-38J 44-25605 was modified to a personal transport for General George Stratemeyer. Perched in the Plexiglas nose, he had the best seat in the house.Webp.net-resizeimage (5)Webp.net-resizeimage (2)Webp.net-resizeimage (3)Early P-38’s. Marvelous aircraft.

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