Lockheed P‑38 Lightning
The Plane that Changed the Course of History!
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“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…
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It’s no secret that the March Field Air Museum is a massive. multi-million dollar operation. The P‑38 Museum is a small, non‑profit membership-supported association with no government grants or sponsorships. We continue to operate on membership dues and donations from our website and Museum visitors. This dispute has been going on since February and the legal fees are mounting fast! We need your help to cover these charges and continue our fight to keep our P‑38 Museum in the hands of the people that built and maintain it instead of some large corporation. If you can help, we would appreciate any amount you can afford. Just click on this link or the beautiful P‑38 photo above to get to our fundraiser links. Thanks
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