Shooting Star from the Skunk Works

LOCKHEED P-80

America was slow to grasp the advantages of jet power, which, perhaps, is why history tends to forget its first operational jet. The Lockheed P-80 endured a troubled flight test programme and saw no significant service before World War Two ended. Comparative tests against the Me 262 showed the German design’s performance to be superior. But, 75 years on, is it time to reassess the Shooting Star?

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