Chino Airshow 2006
Lockheed P-38 Lightning

TheP-38 Lightning was not only the first fighter built by Lockheed, but it was also the first aircraft designed by a young engineer named Kelly Johnson, who would later design some of the advanced aircraft of their day including the U-2 and the SR-71. The P-38 initial designation was the "Atlanta". The British coined it the "Lightning" and the name stuck. The P-38 Lightning was also the airplane that America's leading ace, Richard Bong, flew. Many advances went into the Lightning over the course of it's service. The pilots loved it for it's high-altitude capabilities, endurance and it's manueverability in the later models. Seen here is the P-38J "Skidoo", owned and operated by the Planes of Fame museum in Chino.

Chino Airshow, 2006 Index


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