Lockheed P-38 Lightning
The Plane that Changed the Course of History!
Quite a bold statement, true. But as you visit this website dedicated to the P‑38 Lockheed Lightning, I'm pretty sure you'll agree that we never would have won WWII without the help of this extraordinary aircraft.
Contrary to what some think, the P‑38 was not just a fighter, although it was the fighter of choice for many pilots, including the top "Aces" of the war. But, the P‑38 was so versatile it could also be a bomber (carrying high explosive and incendiary bomb loads), a photo reconnaissance plane and a state-of-the-art radar escort.
There's very little it couldn't do. It flew at amazing speed and altitude for its time, faster and higher than any other.
The sight of a P‑38 Lockheed Lightning so terrified the enemy that the Luftwaffe dubbed it the "der gabelschwanz-teufel" (fork-tailed devil). Guess they knew there'd be hell to pay if a P‑38 crossed their path!
More about the 38's versatility later, but let's start at the beginning...