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Steve Hinton demonstrates the handling capabilities of the P-38J in the Planes of Fame's Lightning "23 Skidoo".
Footage by Dan Stijovich

Museum Remodel

P-38 Museum Remodel

Remodel finished! Come see for yourself the amazing transformation that has taken place at the P-38 Museum! Exciting stuff! If you'd like to help, you can by going here.

Collings Foundation P‑38

The Collings Foundation's P‑38 (formerly owned by the Evergreen Museum in Oregon) made a formal appearance at the 2018 Planes of Fame airshow.
(Photo courtesy of Kris Blouir)

Collings Foundation P-38

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P-38 A Personal Story

Excellent documentary. It includes extensive interviews with test pilot Tony LeVier and several pilots, including Dick Willsie (of the Romanian Rescue Mission).

Non-Profit Status

The P-38 National Assn is a 501(c)(19) non-profit, tax–exempt veteran's organization.

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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 American "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...




There is no doubt about the fact that memberships and donations have kept us going for over 30 years. There are plenty of options for both joining us as a member (Life membership, Annual Membership, Gift Membership) or for donating your time and/or money to our mission. Check it out (memberships, donations)!

P-38 Association Gift Membership

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One of the perks of creating this website is that I get to do this: 
Dedicated to my Dad, P‑38 pilot Edwin C. Baquet

Edwin C. Baquet, P-38 Pilot
Read about Ed

Official P-38 Association Calendar Now Available Here.

P-38 Lightning Official Calenda

New P-38 Zazzle Store

About the P-38

The The "continued" link in the center column will take you through the entire P‑38 story from start to finish.

This section, however, will give you some fun and unique info about the Lightning (including which ones still survive, songs & poems about it, and fun WWII P‑38 cartoons)!


On the ground or in the air, there were (and are!) a lot of people involved in the creation, production and use of the P‑38. From the designers to the production line personnel to the men and women who flew and maintained them. They laid the groundwork for the airworthy Lightnings still in the air today. Check out this section of our website to find out more...

"P-38 Lightning: Unforgettable Missions of Skill and Luck"
by the P‑38 National Association

"I'm halfway through your book and I
have to say it's FABULOUS!

The stories are priceless."

Bob Driver, Lockheed