First conceived in 1937, the twin-boomed P-38 was the most innovative plane of its day and the ultimate weapon, combining speed with unheard-of advances: two supercharged engines and a potent mix of four 50-caliber machine guns and a 20mm cannon. Upon its official introduction in 1940, the P-38 was capable of climbing to 3,300 feet in a single minute and reaching 400 mph, 100 mph faster than any other fighter in the world. It also doubled as an intimidating long-range threat, capable of carrying a larger payload than early B-17s and boasting a range of 1,150 miles. With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek and its twin tails gave it a radical new look. Nicknamed the "fork-tailed devil" by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese, its versatility and ruggedness during WWII were legendary. It could sink a ship, strafe enemies on the ground, cripple tanks, and shoot down fighters and bombers.
The AIR Series are tied to the Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world‘s largest defense contractor, and maker of some of the most spectacular aircraft ever engineered.
Initially developed for U.S. Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth jets, and now supplied to elite pilots of Air Forces around the world, these timepieces take precision to a higher level.
F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter.
The F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division
Dominating the Skies. Overwhelming the Threat.
The F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, developed in total secrecy, was the first operational platform to employ what is known today as “stealth.” Its startling, unconventional shape clearly signified the arrival of a new era in fighter performance through low-observable technology.
Operation Desert Storm first saw the potential of an aircraft that could penetrate dense threat environments at night. Comprising 2 to 3 percent of coalition forces, the F-117 accounted for 30 to 35 percent of first-night targets and hit rates of 75 percent in Desert Storm to over 90 percent in Operation Allied Force. The F-117 also sustained the highest mission-capability rates of any deployed fighter or bomber in both conflicts,
exceeding 82 percent.
While the USAF retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008 it continues to symbolize the innovative thinking of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works®
The F-22 Raptor is one of the Air Force‘s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, and maoeuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities.The Raptor performs both air-to- air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. The F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifthgeneration super-maneuverable fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. The United States Air Force considers the F-22 a critical component of U.S. tactical air power, and the Raptor‘s combination of stealth, speed, agility, precision and situational awareness, combined with air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities, makes it the best overall fighter in the world today.
The SR-71 Blackbird™ is one of the most spectacular aircraft ever built, a long-range advanced strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed by the USAF and CIA. It was capable of flying at speeds over Mach 3.2 and, at 85,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of earth’s surface per hour.
Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the SR-71 remained the fastest and highest flying production aircraft in the world. It set numerous altitude and speed records that remain unsurpassed, even today. Lockheed’s SR-71 flew U.S. Air Force and NASA missions between 1966 and 1998, when it was permanently retired. Because of its innovative titanium composite skin designed to withstand the friction generated heat at Mach 3+, and its black color, it was nicknamed “Blackbird.”