Back to the Udvar-Hazy Center today with the kids. My goal was actually to get images of two other planes, but as I was walking across the central catwalk, I saw this. I’ve shot this plane before, but for whatever reason just never got an angle I liked until now.
The P-38 saw service in both theaters during World War II, and is credited with downing more Japanese aircraft that any other U.S. fighter. The four Browning .50 caliber machine guns and 20mm canon mounted in the nose gave the Lightning a definite edge in combat, and it’s speed, range, and handling made it a favorite among pilots.
Three exposures culled from a single RAW, then processed in Luminance HDR, with some finishing in Topaz Adjust 5.