The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was an American fighter plane used in various combat missions including bomber, night fighter and long range escort fighter. It quickly became the first choice of America’s top aces. The unique design used twin booms with a center housing containing the pilot’s cockpit and armaments. This distinctive design led to the P-38 being nick named “the fork tailed devil” by the Germans and “two planes, one pilot” by the Japanese. The P-38 was also used in an aerial reconnaissance role, with more that 90% of the aerial footage from World War II being filmed from this aircraft.