Coming late for the Second World War, the P-80 Shooting Star went on to be the star of the Korean War, proving to be the world's most successful first-generation jet-powered fighter. It was the first US Air Force aircraft to exceed 500 mph in level flight, the first American jet airplane to be produced in large quantities, and the first Air Force jet to be used in combat. The P-80 Shooting Star would later be redesigned the F-80, where the “P,” which stood for “Pursuit,” was changed to an “F,” which stood for “Fighter.” Intended for use as a high-altitude interceptor, the Shooting Star aircraft also proved useful as a fighter-bomber during the Korean War. It poured on low-level rocket, bomb, and napalm attacks on ground targets.
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