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The first flight* of the P-38 Lightning was only 3 months after that of the P-40 Warhawk. The P-40 was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47. In the South West Pacific theater of WWII, the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of USAAF until the P-51D Mustangs arrived toward the end of the war.


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The lightning rod may have been invented by the Russians, several decades before Benjamin Franklin demonstrated the principle. A lightning conductor may have been intentionally used in the Leaning Tower of Nevyansk. The spire of the tower is crowned with a metallic rod in the shape of a gilded sphere with spikes. This lightning rod is grounded through the rebar carcass, which pierces the entire building.
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Benjamin Franklin never patented an invention. He considered them as gifts to the public.
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U.S. Navy records are unclear as to whether the World War II Essex-class carrier USS Franklin was named after the celebrated printer, inventor, scientist and Founding Father, or after the 1864 Battle of Franklin, Tenn.
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The Argentinian Navy submarine, the ARA San Juan (S-42) and one of only three, was last heard from last Wednesday, 8 days ago on 15 November 2017, and to date has not been heard from since. She is believed to be somehow sunk and incapacitated and sitting on the Atlantic Ocean floor east of Argentina. Its crew of 44 are in peril and time is running out for them.
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In 1963, the U.S. nuclear submarine USS Thresher sank in the Atlantic, killing all 129 crew members. Thresher was also the first of only two submarines that killed more than 100 people aboard; the other was the Russian Kursk, which sank with 118 aboard in 2000.
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Charles Stross, in his 2004 Lovecraftian espionage novel The Atrocity Archive, suggested that the April 1963 loss of the nuclear attack submarine USS Thresher may have been due to supernatural causes.
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