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FAMOUS FIGHTERS OF WORLD WAR II, DVD Volume One. P-38 Lightning; P-47 Thunderbolt; P-40 Warhawk; F6F Hellcat. Dramatic combat film, thrilling close up color footage & interviews with the crewmen.

Click to EnlargeFAMOUS FIGHTERS OF WORLD WAR II, DVD Volume One. We examine four Allied fighter planes, their history and development, and the tactical role they played during the war. Puts you into the cockpit of the greatest military aircraft ever flown: P-38 Lightning; P-47 Thunderbolt; P-40 Warhawk; F6F Hellcat. Dramatic combat film, thrilling close up color footage & interviews with the crewmen.

-- Lockheed P-38 "Lightning". Almost 10,000 P-38 Lightnings were built during World War II, roughly 10% of America's fighter production during the war. With a wingspan of fifty-two feet, the P-38 was the biggest of the single-seat fighters. It was also the most recognizable. The two twinline engines and twin tail boom gave it an unmistakable profile. It had considerable success in both the European and Pacific theaters. It was in the Pacific, however, where its long range twin engine capability proved to be ideal for distant over water operations that characterized the island-hopping campaigns.

-- Curtis P-40 "Warhawk". The P-40 had a variety of versions during the war, appearing first as the "Tomahawk," followed by the "Kittihawk," and in 1941 as the "Warhawk." The P-40 was exported to other US allies and was used by both the British and Soviet Air Forces. Far and away the most famous were the 100 H81 Tomahawks that were sent to China to equip an all volunteer American group under the command of General Chenault: the Flying Tigers.

-- Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt". More than 15,000 P-47s were built during the war, more than any other US fighter. Nicknamed the "Jug" for juggernaut, it was considered one of the three top fighter planes of the USAAF. It was also the largest of the single engine fighters built during the war. First produced in 1942, the fighters were deployed in combat operations in early 1943 and were widely deployed in both the European and Pacific theaters.

--Grumman F6F "Hellcat". Designed for carrier operations, the Hellcat was one of the last fighter planes introduced during the war. It was considered a replacement for the Navy's "Wildcat." More than 12,000 fighters were built, including 1,600 designed specifically for night operations. Used primarily in the Pacific theater, the "Hellcat" proved to be the ideal carrier deck airplane that the Navy needed to win the air war in the Pacific.

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