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P-38L "LIGHTNING"

SPECS

Designed as a response to an Army specification issued in 1936, the P-38 was the brainchild of Lockheed’s then young designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson. The Army requirement was for a high speed, high altitude interceptor and although Lockheed had never built a fighter aircraft before decided to vie for the contract. The prototype that emerged was an immediate spectacle and after a few teething problems the big ship was readied for a cross country speed record attempt which was a publicity stunt arranged by the army.  
This was flown on the 11th of February 1939 and after a record-breaking flawless flight that covered 2,490 miles in just 7 hrs 43 min the XP-38 developed problems just prior to landing. The resulting crash landing on a golf course destroyed the aircraft but with only minor injury to the pilot. Even with the loss of the aircraft the Army was convinced Lockheed had designed a winner and awarded them the contract.

The Lightning entered WWII action in the Aleutians, North Africa and Europe. Although some control issues, mainly an effect called compressibility plagued the aircraft at high speeds or in a dive its pilots quickly learned to love the safety of its twin engines particularly on long escort missions. Even though all US operated P-38s were equipped with superchargers early production models that were built for the British were not. The Lockheed designers persevered and after significant testing not only cured the control
problems but added power assisted flight controls that allowed the big bird to stay on the tail of even the nimble Zero in a dogfight, much to the shock of Japanese pilots. With the plane perfected it quickly became feared by all of the Axis forces, the Germans calling it the “fork-tailed devil”. A true multi-role aircraft, the Lightning was superb whether operating as fighter, fighter-bomber, pathfinder, night fighter or photo reconnaissance platform. Its deadly all-nose mounted armament of four .50 cal machine guns and one
20 mm canon could not only instantly reduce an enemy aircraft to wreckage but was an extremely potent ground attack weapon, especially on train-busting missions. The two highest scoring US aces of WWII both
flew P-38s. Counting all variants just over 10,000 P-38s were produced but sadly only seven remain flyable today, with most of them being bulldozed into great heaps and burned or scrapped at war’s end.

The P-38 is arguably one of the most beautiful aircraft ever made, and the Elite Warbird Collection’s P-38L represents what was the most numerous variant of the Lightning. Presented in fabulous polished white bronze and featuring an amazing 88 inch wingspan our P-38 is a truly spectacular and
powerful collector’s piece.

 

They are available for order now. There will only be 50 of these incredible pieces so get your order in soon if you would like to own one. WWII’s most unique fighter honored by today’s most unique aviation art presentation.  

Only from Legendary Aviation!

 

Lockheed P-38L "Lightning"
 

Model Number:  LA-CS003-R1
Scale:  1/7th
Wingspan:  7 feet, 4 inches
Length:  5 feet, 1 inches
Weight:  Approx. 160 lbs

Base and Pedestal Weight:
Approx. 160 lbs

Finish Options:  
White Bronze  

Base Detail:  Lockheed Logo
Base Diameter:  39 inches
Production Run:  50

Total Weight:
Approx. 320 lbs

Now available!

Price: $17,495.00


 

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