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Lockheed F-80 and T-33 Shooting Star: books - history

A book on the Lockheed F-80 or T-33 Shooting Star? Here are books on the history and technology of Lockheed fighter aircraft.

Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star : A Photo Chronicle

The Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star was the first American operational jet fighter. David McLaren's book chronicles the development and early trials of the aircraft during Lockheed's groundbreaking attempts to create a viable jet fighter, in a period when jet propulsion was still an innovative unknown.
This period also saw engineers and test pilots like Kelly Johnson and Tony LeVier facing many challenges, incidents and accidents as they attempted to create a new fighter from yet untested aerodynamic theories, and engines that were still under development.

Also discussed are the record breaking transcontinental and absoulte speed records set by the Shooting Star. Detailed analysis of the Shooting Star's combat record in Korea shows why the F-80 flew more combat missions than any aircraft in the war theater.
Also presented is a summation of all USAF, USAFR, and foreign countries that flew the P-80/F-80.

Author:David R. McLaren
Specs:184 pages, 28 x 22 x 1.4 cm / 11 x 8.7 x 0.55 in, paperback
Illustrations:400+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star : A Photo Chronicle

Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star : A Photo Chronicle

Language: English

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F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War (Osprey)

A fully illustrated study of the US Korean War fighter that fought in the first ever jet-versus-jet engagement in the history of aviation.
Built within a 180-day time limit in 1943, the F-80 Shooting Star first saw service in Italy in the final year of World War 2, and consequently was sent to bases in the US, Europe and the Far East after VJ Day. It was the latter groups based in Japan that initially bore the brunt of the early fighting in Korea, engaging MiG-15s in the world's first jet-versus-jet combat.

Flown principally by the 8th and 49th Fighter Bomber Wings, the F-80 served until the end of the war, completing an astonishing 98,515 combat sorties, shooting down 17 aircraft (including three of the vastly superior MiG-15s), dropping over 33,000 tons of bombs, and firing over 80,000 air-to-ground rockets.
Aside from the fighter-bomber Shooting Stars, the ultra-rare, but heavily used, photo-reconnaissance RF-80A saw extensive use in the frontline in Korea as a replacement for the vulnerable RF-51D.

Filled with first-hand accounts and rare color photographs taken by the veterans themselves, this is the engrossing story of the pioneering F-80 Shooting Star.

Author:Warren Thompson, Gareth Hector, Jim Laurier
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 6.5 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:20 b&w and 60 colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2019)
Series:Combat Aircraft (128)
Book: F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War (Osprey)

F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War

Language: English

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Lockheed T-33 - A Photo Chronicle

The T-33 jet trainer was derived from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star, the USAF's first operational jet fighter, in 1948. In the fifty years since its introduction the T-33 has trained more jet pilots than any other training type. In addition to this role, it has served, and continues to serve, as an attack fighter - the AT-33 - and as a reconnaissance aircraft - the RT-33 - in several foreign air forces. It was also a testbed in many development programs including tests on ejection seats and missile guidance systems, and continues yet today in various military and civilian roles.

This book tells the whole story.

Author:David R. McLaren
Specs:128 pages, 28 x 22 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.7 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:over 360 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Lockheed T-33 - A Photo Chronicle

Lockheed T-33 - A Photo Chronicle

Language: English

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