Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
In June 1943 Lockheed was instructed to proceed with the design and development of a new single-seat fighter, utilising as its power plant a British de Havilland H-1 turbojet. The design proved acceptable to the USAAF. It was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a knife-edge laminar-flow wing section; engine within the rear fuselage; air intakes on each side of the fuselage forward of the wing leading edge; and retractable tricycle-type landing gear. The Shooting Star has an established place in USAAF/USAF history: It was the first operational jet-powered aircraft. The P-80 appeared too late in WWII. Only two examples each were sent to Britian and Italy, for testing purposes, when the war ended. Info: Aviastar http://www.aviastar.org/index2.html Profile: Fighters of the United States Air Force Published by Temple Press/Aerospace.