P-38 Beautiful Lass Nose Art Panel
Flown by Capt. John G. O'Neill
Dimensions: 22" x 30"
Also widely Known as "Jump", O'Neil finished the war with 8 total victories. The girl on the nose of this P-38 was originally painted as a dark skinned woman and it was later changed to this beautiful final image. This nose art panel reproduction captures all of the quality in the original P-38 painting .
Lockheed designed the P-38 in response to a request from the United States Air Force (USAAF) for a high-altitude interceptor, having the mission of interception and high-altitude attack. The P-38F incorporated mounts next to the engines for additional tanks or carrying a total of 2000 pounds of bombs (900 kg). The P-38F was heavier, with more powerful engines that consumed more fuel. Without the external tanks the range was shorter than the -E version. It was followed in early 1943 by the P-38G, using more powerful 1,400 hp Allisons and with better radio equipment. The P-38G was quickly followed by the P-38H, with somewhat more refined Allisons of 1,425 hp (1,060 kW), an improved 20mm barrel, and a bomb capacity of up to 3,200 pounds (1,450 kg).