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XP-80 "Lulu-Belle"

XP-80 "Lulu-Belle"

Lagging behind Germany and Great Britain in jet aircraft development during World War II, the United States urgently needed to get a combat-worthy jet into the air. Lockheed Aircraft received a contract to build a fighter powered by the British de Havilland Goblin H-1B turbojet engine, and the XP-80 (given the name "Lulu-Belle") was designed and constructed by a group of engineers and technicians nicknamed "Skunk Works"
Galleries: Jet Planes, National Air and Space Museum, Other Military Equipment
Keywords: aerospace, airplane, district of columbia, jet, lockheed, lulubelle, national air and space museum, p80, skunkworks, smithsonian, washington dc
Photo Location: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Photographer: Chad Cullen
Date of Photo: 06/27/2009
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure Time: 1/60
F Number: 56/10
Original Dimensions: 4368×2912
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'18.49"N 77°1'11.34"W
Picture Number: 8588