ARMY & NAVY: Ghostly Streak


The U.S. Army Air Forces lifted the veil of security, just a trifle, on its fancy new jet fighter. General "Hap" Arnold announced that the new Lockheed P-80 was in production, said it had been named the Shooting Star. Presumably familiar with what the Germans have in the air over the western front, General Arnold called the P-80 the world's fastest fighter plane.

Two items in the Air Forces' announcement especially caught the eyes of airmen: 1) that the propellerless, kerosene-powered Shooting Star is in mass production (at four Lockheed plants and one operated by North American Aviation plants)...