Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star 'Lulu Belle' 44-83020.jpg

Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star "Lulu-Belle." The first Shooting Star prototype.
Extended Description
Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star 44-83020
First Prototype.
  • 1/8/1944: First flight.
  • 1944-45: USAF 412th FG as 78.
  • AAF Training Command.
  • 11/8/1946: Donated to the Smithsonian Museums.
MSN 140-1001. Model L-140. Powered by de Havilland-built Halford H.1B turbojet. First flightr Jan 8, 1944. Named "lulu Belle". Now with National Air and Space Museum

The first prototype (44-83020) was nicknamed Lulu-Belle (also known as "the Green Hornet" because of its paint scheme). Powered by the replacement Halford H1-B taken from the prototype de Havilland Vampire jet fighter, it first flew on 8 January 1944, with Lockheed test pilot Milo Burcham at the controls. In test flights, the XP-80 eventually reached a top speed of 502 mph (808 km/h; 436 kn) at 20,480 ft (6,240 m), making it the first turbojet-powered USAAF aircraft to exceed 500 mph in level flight, following the August 1944 record flight of 502 mph (808 km/h; 436 kn) by a special high-speed variant of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

If you like the pic or anything about the Shooting Star make sure you check out my dedicated thread to all things F-80, T-33, and more! Feel free to contribute, discuss, or provide mental health solutions for my obsessive interest in this forgotten bird. Shooting Star aficionados or the world unite!

 

Media information

Album
Lockheed P-80/F-80 Shooting Star
Added by
Devil Child
Date added
View count
1,360
Comment count
1
Rating
0.00 star(s) 0 ratings

Image metadata

Filename
Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star 'Lulu Belle' 48-3020.jpg
File size
1.1 MB
Dimensions
2000px x 1595px

Share this media

Back
Top