Nebraska ANG P-80’s in the hangar for maintenance. In the foreground is P-80B-1-LO, 45-8707. In the background is P-80A-1-LO, 44-85333, later upgraded to a P-80C-11-LO. This photo shows the updated C version with the new tip tanks. Date of photo unknown to me.
On an interesting note, the rear P-80 was 285 aircraft after Richard Bong’s P-80 that crashed near Burbank Airport, killing the top scoring U.S. fighter pilot. His death came on the same day the A bomb was dropped on Japan. Cause of the crash? A faulty fuel pump.
On another interesting note, the foreground P-80 has a sister that survives in California. 45-8704, just three B.U. numbers earlier, is on display in Sacramento, California. 45-8704 has the old style wing tip tanks while this one has the newer ‘T-33″ style tanks.