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United States' Lockheed F-4 Lightning reconnaissance

Design

The basic Lockheed F-4 Lightning was a standard P-38 with the weapons being removed from the nose and putting a clear nose in with cameras.1

Production

The first F-4 flown was in December 1941.1

Variants

  • F-4: Based on P-38E.1
  • F-4A: Based on P-38F.1 New camera setup.1

Usage

The F-4 was used by Australia, France, and the United States.1

First Lightnings Used in Pacific

The F-4 Lightnings were the first used on missions in the Pacific by photographing Japanese movements starting in April 1942.1

Specifications

  Lockheed F-4 Lightning1
Type Photographic reconnaissance1
Crew 11
Engine (Type) 2: Allison V-17101
Cylinders V 121
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Propeller blades 3 each1
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Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site