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TGarthConnelly
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Hi Guys,

 

I once read - someplace - that in late 1944/early 1945 - the USAAF sent some P-80s/F-80s to a base in Italy for evaluation. I always have had a question about that. Did those planes fly actual missions? Did they escort bombers? Did they do fighter sweeps? Did they engage German fighters?

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According to Squadron/Signal #1040 "P-80/T-33/F-94 in Action" on page 5 it states that 4 YP-80As were sent to Europe, 2 each to England and Italy. The ones in England didn't do too well, one was destroyed testing and the other was converted to carry a Rolls-Royce jet engine. The two that went to Italy did get a few combat missions but they didn't meet any Me-262s. None were sent to the Pacific. That's all they say.

 

I'm sure you could fine more info by Googleing the subject.

 

Tim

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I believe the exercise was called "Project Extraversion". Bob Steinbrunn converted Monogram's P-80C to one of the Extraversion aircraft way back when--January 1989, I believe--in the pages of FineScale Modeler.

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