National Geographic : 1946 Feb
142 The National Geographic Magazine U. S. Army Air Forces. Official Jet-propelled, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star Can Exceed 550 Miles per Hour At lower left is hot exhaust from the turbojet, which compresses air taken in at the nose and mixes it with fuel in a combustion chamber; the blast propels the plane, just as air escaping from a toy balloon causes it to leap. The dummy battleship serves as target for bombers on Muroc bombing range, southern California. Air reC(lnclal service 1.:olnlan Flying Siamese Twins-North American's P-82, Postwar Plane Now in Production Two P-51 fighter planes are joined to make this Twin Mustang, increasing speed, range, and versatility. Capable of more than 475 miles per hour, it can be used as a fighter, fighter-bomber, or medium bomber. With its two cockpits, it accommodates pilot and co-pilot, reducing fatigue on long-range missions.