Considered one of the most sophisticated aircraft during its time, the P-38 Lightning fulfilled the military’s need for a high-speed, long-range aircraft with excellent climb capabilities. This aircraft, nicknamed the “fork-tailed devil” by the Germans, features a twin-boom design that’s staggeringly different from the usual design of military aircraft during the early 1940s. Armed with .50-cal. machine guns and a 20mm cannon, the P38 Lightning plane performed a variety of missions, which include dive bombing, long-range escort, and photoreconnaissance. Legendary aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson took the helm in creating the aircraft’s design. The P-38 Lightning Pudgy was best known for its huge participation in the Pacific theater. During World War II, the P38 “Pudgy” made Thomas McGuire the second highest-scoring ace during the war. The P38 remained USAAF’s standard aircraft long until the end of the Second World War II. After serving the USAAF and the Free French Air Force for more than 20 years, the Lighting retired in 1965 with the Honduran Air Force.