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Lockheed expands production

Lockheed expands production

June 23, 1943: At the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. plant in Burbank, three new mechanized conveyor lines help double the production of the P-38 Lightning, an advanced high-altitude fighter plane.

The new assembly lines were built in nine days.  During the change-over, the old assembly line moved outdoors. Production of P-38s never stopped.

Nearly 10,000 P-38s were built by Lockheed during World War 2. The twin engine aircraft was the only American fighter in production during the entire war.

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