From the Archives: Lockheed expands P-38 production

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At the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. plant in Burbank, three new mechanized conveyor lines help double the production of the P-38 Lightning, an advanced high-altitude fighter plane.

The new assembly lines were built in nine days. During the change-over, the old assembly line moved outdoors. Production of P-38s never stopped.

Nearly 10,000 P-38s were built by Lockheed during World War II. The twin engine aircraft was the only American fighter in production during the entire war.

This post was originally published on Sep. 6, 2010.


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