Any P-38 fans out there?

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  1. SloDown

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    What a great long distance aircraft - especially over water where that 2nd engine inspires confidence. I know from my private pilot days that I didn't like flying over large bodies of water in a single engine aircraft.

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    more photos can be seen at SmugMug Photo Sharing. Your photos look better here.
     
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    again nice posts
     
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    I have always been a big fan of the P-38, ever since I began liking a/c; I never warmed up to the (IMHO) over-rated singles, like the P-51 the P-47. The list of superlatives you can apply to the P-38 is quite long and, furthermore, this aircraft was already flying almost 2 years before the P-51 and the P-47. It was the only fighter a/c in production at the beginning of the War AND the end of the War; that says something about how good it was. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea . . . .
     
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    Ive seen three of them fly in the air at the same time!
     
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    Good shots of the P-38. That is a twin engined fighter that got it right!

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    Nice shots. My favorite fighter. Have yet to see one in the air though. :( Only about seven airworthy Lightnings exist out of over 10,000 built.

    Maybe someday.

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    Excellent shots!
     
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    Yep, Syscom and I both saw three in formation!

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    And two of them in tight.
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    But alas, last year there were only two at Chino:

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    Yep, count with me!
     
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    I have been a p38 fan since my youth. I have seen one up close in Belton, MO at a place called Big Irons many years ago. Never realized how huge a plane it is. I have since seen one fly at an airshow a few years back at the Kansas City Downtown Airport. What a treat!! Love the Mustangs, T-bolts, etc., but have a sweet spot for the P38. The movie " A Guy Named Joe" has some great footage of some early P38's in flight and on the ground.
     
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    Just some pictures I took of some P-38's at two consecutive years during the Nellis Aviation Nation airshow. The second one is the P-38 that was trapped in ice and was fished out... pretty cool stuff

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    The one recovered from the ice is "Glacier Girl". It's featured in the flight of three in my shots. The Red Bull P-38 was Left Gardner's "White Lightning" before.

    Here is an older shot from back in the day when the CAF SoCal Wing had Jack Croul's Lightning in the hangar.
     

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    Man, missed it by four years. My dad would've loved it.
     
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    Hey Eric, you look at home in that cockpit!
     
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    Heres some of my P38 pics
     

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    Cool stuff.. So evanglider, you ever come out to Vegas for the November air show?
     
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    For sitting on the ground, sure. But the thought of doing a takeoff in that one is a daunting thing for someone with my limited flight experience. Who knows, maybe someday...
     
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    Not yet. I was going to a couple of years ago for the big anniversary, but my car ended up taking the funds for that, sadly. I do want to get out to that one one of these days though.
     
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    Ya its a very good one... I missed this years though
     
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    And the anniversary was one of the best airshows I've ever seen
     
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