Aircraft Illustrated Special - Lightning by Roger Lindsay

By Roger Lindsay

This booklet includes a pictorial historical past of the English electrical Lightning in RAF provider. together with person airplane histories.

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The Stearman- start, his airline operation, Lockheed's focus was transport contract for a French-designed flying boat. off to a way . to . lot company. We concocted many plans, fruition of personal We worked We had a great deal of fun along the long, hard hours. came We had a out of each other's and some of which some of which didn't. Lockheed soon felt the competition from Douglas DC-2s and DC-3s, but the company's fortunes turned sharply upward in 1938 when it received an order from the British Air Ministry for 200-250 B-14s configured as the Hudson engineering student, Clarence L.

S. -built military aircraft. Between July 1940 and September 1945, when was airframes, the engine patents were sold to Curtiss-Wright. The Army Air Force in 1943 contracted with for development of the XP-80, which first flew in January 1944; and more than 8,500 of the P-80 family (including the T-33) had been produced by 1958. Even in the midst of the inevitable wholesale work-force reduction entailed by cessation of Lockheed military production, only a few days after V-J Day Bob Gross announced orders from major eight airlines for 103 of Lockheed's triple-tailed Constellations, the largest commercial order up to that time.

His years there saw the advent of the all-metal seaplane, heavy . bombardment aircraft, and the MB-2 bomber General Billy Mitchell would use in 1922 to demonstrate the capabilities of air power. 37 CALIFORNIA WINGS Kindelberger's experiences at Martin served well. " Fortunately, Kindelberger was able to move from one major airplane manufacturer to another. Although he'd never been to California, he picked up his option in 1925 when he joined Douglas as chief was named vice-president The Douglas staff then included not only Kindelberger, but Jack Northrop, Ed Heinemann, and John Leland (Lee) Atwood, a quiet Texas mathematician who had joined from Moreland Aircraft.

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