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42-68008

P-38 Lightning

Anthony W 'Tony' Levier, a test pilot for Lockheed visited 8th AF bases to demonstrate his P-38J Lightning 42-68008, nicknamed "Snafuperman", he demonstrated the capability of the aircraft flying with one engine shut down. Previously he and chief engineering test pilot Milo Burcham alternated flying dive tests to observe the P-38 design's performance at transonic speeds.

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  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

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  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

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Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 15:17:54 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
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Roger Freeman / http://www.littlefriends.co.uk

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 14:46:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations and place associations
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Roger Freeman Photo / http://www.littlefriends.co.uk

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