"Der Gabelschwanz Teufel"

(The Forked Tailed Devil)


Designed to a 1937 Army Air Corps. request for a high performance interceptor, the Lockheed Model 22 first flew on January 27, 1939. The twin-engined, twin-boomed Lightning was the plane of America's leading Army aces in the Pacific. Major Richard Bong finished the war with 40 victories, and Tommy McGuire had 38 victories, both flying the P-38. In addition to bomber escort, ground support, and interceptor duties, F-4 and F-5 photo recon Lightnings provided vital information to Allied commanders. P-38's were phased out of service by 1949. Only about two dozen P-38's exist today of the 9,942 built.

Power: Two 1,425 hp Allison V-1710-89 Vee-12
Weight: Empty - 12,800lbs. Loaded - 17,500
Performace: Maximum Speed: 414mph at 25,000 ft.
Armament: 4/.50 cal. machine guns; 1/M2-120mm cannon
Dimensions: Span: 52 ft.; Length: 37' 10"; Height: 9' 10"


F-5B's of the 28th Photo Recon Squadron, 7th Group

F-5B "Mitchell deb" F-5B "The Comely Coolie"


F-5B "Foto Genii"

F-5B "Awaiting Autumn"


P-38's of the 367th Fighter Group

Butch II, P-38 piloted by Capt. Horace M. Hartwig of the 392nd fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group.


LUCKY IRISH, piloted by Lt. Gerald O'Donnell


Viking 2, piloted by Lt. James C. Paschall


KOZY KOZA, piloted by Lt. Sam Plotecia


Little Buckaroo, piloted by R.C. "Buck" Rogers


Moonlight Cock-tail, piloted by Lt. Clark "Doc" Livingston


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