Dec 202011
 
Lockheed P-80A for the U.S. Navy (1947)

In the third installment of an unplanned series on the navalized Lockheed P-80A, Serial No. 1028/Navy Serial 29668, we present a U.S. Naval Air Test Center (NATC) report dating from June 23, 1947 on flight tests of the Shooting Star as an overload fighter with wing tip auxiliary fuel tanks installed—project TED No. PTR 1116. I […]

Nov 222011
 
Lockheed P-80A for the U.S. Navy (1946)

After publishing our original article on P-80A, Serial No. 1028/Navy Serial 29668, naval aviation historian Tommy Thomason sent us additional photos of the aircraft under test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1946. According to Tommy, both bridle and pendant configurations were evaluated for catapult launch of the Navy’s P-80A. The bridle cable was attached to […]

Nov 162011
 
Lockheed P-80A for the U.S. Navy (1945)

The photo gallery above depicts a Lockheed P-80A ordered for evaluation by the U.S. Navy in 1945. The aircraft carried Lockheed Aircraft Serial No. 1028/Navy Serial 29668; modifications include the addition of an arresting hook, catapult hooks and holdback. The photos were taken on December 5, 1945, likely at the Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, […]