Earliest P-38

The XP‑38 was the first effort at designing this extraordinary airplane. Here are some rare, classic images of that beautiful bird. The high-gloss finish on this P‑38 puts us in mind of the present-day Flying Bulls P‑38 in Austria.

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Vintage California Leads The Way Tin

12 x 18 Distressed

The XP-38 rolled off the line in Burbank, CA. The beauties seen here are flying over the Golden Gate bridge.

This 24-gauge steel sign is hand distressed to create the look and feel of aged metal and paint. 12″x 18″; includes mounting holes.

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Development of the P-38

Development of the P-38

Below are Lockheed Chief Design Engineer, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson's, original design sketches for the XP-38 and the patent application. It's pretty obvious which design he went with.  Johnson's preliminary drawings of the XP‑38Patent Number:D119714 Filing date:Jun...

Mystery Plane

Mystery Plane

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