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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

P-38 taxi, runup, takeoff & aerobatics.
Footage by Rick Sharp.

If you'd like to see the larger versions of these videos, just click on the box next to the volume control!

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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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)!

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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 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).

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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

February 23, 2022

The California Department of Public Health no longer requires everyone in California to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. These new guidelines will apply to the P‑38 Museum. You are all invited to visit us, and to feel free to continue wearing a mask if you wish.

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The P-38 Museum has been given the OK under the latest California guidelines to reopen to the public.

We are open weekends and would love to have you stop by to check out the new exhibits (including an entire Lockheed Engineer's office) we've been able to build during the months we were closed.

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"P-38 Lightning: Unforgettable Missions of Skill and Luck"
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