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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA36606: Lockheed P-38E Lightning of 1st PRU, RAAF based at Coomalie Creek, Australia, March 1943. Limited Edition of 1960 Pieces.
Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches
Australia’s association with the Lockheed Lightning had its beginnings in August 1942, when two batches of F-4 photographic reconnaissance variants of the P-38E arrived in Melbourne by sea. By December 1942, 1PRU had relocated to Coomalie Creek in the Northern Territory. Following the fatal crash of A55-2 in November, a replacement Lightning was obtained from the USAAF’s 8PRS, and this airplane was delivered to 1PRU as A55-3 on March 16, 1943. The plane was fitted with two K-17 photo cameras.
Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a high-performance fighter, the P-38 Lightning was first flown on January 27th, 1939. The easily recognizable P-38 had twin-booms, twin turbo-supercharged engines, a central pod for the pilot, contra-rotating propellers and tricycle landing gear. Its roles included dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance. When equipped with drop tanks it was also flown as a long-range escort fighter. The Lightning’s armament was clustered in the nose of the plane, which gave the pilot a direct line of site to the target and also gave the weapons a “buzz saw” effect that was useful for strafing.