This Beauty Became a Beast

Bodie, Warren M.
May 2009
Aviation History;May2009, Vol. 19 Issue 5, p40
The article features the Lightning aircraft which was the product of the genius of Hall Hibbard and Clarence Johnson. The XP-28 prototype was flown by Lieutenant Benjamin Kelsey of Wright Field, Ohio and the fighter won a U.S. defense contract. Lockheed test pilot Ralph Virden was assigned to investigate the problem of compressibility. The YP-38 crashed into a house when Virden failed to heed warnings not to perform certain maneuvers.


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