Variations on a ThemeI have always had a fondness for the Lockheed P-80/ F-80 fighter. I like the lines of the rounded nose, the side mounted air intakes and clean wing and tail.More Like This
The aircraft never arrived in time to see actual combat in WWII, but it was employed as a fighter-bomber in in the Korean War.
The USAF variants were the F-80A. F-80B and F-80C. There were camera equipped RF-80Cs used in USAF service as well as dedicated reconnaissance platforms
The F-80C was selected by the Navy to train pilots in jets before jets entered in fleet service. The Navy designation was initially the TO-1, but was later designated as the TV-1 (T=Trainer, V=Lockheed, -1= first variant) when the Navy changed Lockheed's manufacturer's code from "O" to "V".
The classic design of the F-80 lent itself to many modifications and variations. All of these variants shared the following characteristics; Two side mounted intakes. Low or shoulder mounted wings with the leading edge of the wings aft of the intake lips. Single en