Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

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P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star
Role Jet fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed Corporation
Designer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson
First flight 8 January 1944
Introduction 1945
Status Retired
Primary users United States Air Force
United States Navy
Number built 1,715
Unit cost
US$110,000 in 1945
Variants Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
Developed into Lockheed F-94 Starfire

The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star is an American fighter jet. It made a few flyovers of Germany in the last weeks of the World War II. After this war it was used in Korean War. From 1948 its designation was changed to F-80 Shooting Star. The United States Air Force was the main operator, but they were also used by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay.

This aircraft was the basis of the famous training aircraft T-33 T-Bird and of the F-94 Starfire fighter jet.