National Geographic : 1940 Dec
Photograph from Lockheed Aircraft Corp. When Roaring to the Attack at Over 400 Miles Per Hour, This Army Fighter Has Terrific Striking Power Though the top speed of the new, strange-appearing Lockheed P-38 is an Army secret, it once flew coast-to-coastinseven hours actual flying time. Unofficial reports call it the world's fastest airplane. The two engines fit snugly in the highly streamlined nacelles at either side. From thestubby center cockpit thesingle pilot can blast at enemy bombers with a cannon and four machine guns. The plane has a tricycle landing gear.