Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star 2011 Chino Air Show

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Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star 2011 Chino Air Show Photograph

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Port Hueneme, CA - United States

Buenos noches, Gary! Thanks for the historical correction. Ill leave it up so others can enjoy your expertise. Many Thanks, Gus

Fort Lauderdale, FL - United States

Hi Gus, This is a beautiful picture! However, I believe it's mislabeled. This is a Lockheed T-33, not a P-80. The P-80 (later F-80) was a single-seat fighter with 6 .50 cal. machine guns mounted in the nose, with the ends of their barrels visible protruding from small ports along the bottom half of the nose area. The T-33 was a two-seat derivative, with only 2 machine guns for gunnery training, that was widely used both in the US and abroad as a jet trainer until the 1980s. Besides the longer fuselage and second seat, the T-33 is distinguishable from the P/F-80 by the wing-tip tanks. Because adding the second seat reduced internal fuel capacity, large finned wing-tip tanks were added to the T-33. The P/F-80 did not have these, although it could carry smaller teardrop-shaped tanks under the wings. Still, this a fantastic picture. Great job.

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