Lockheed P-38J 'Lightning'

  Base model:P-38
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1947
  Basic role:Pursuit

  Length: 37' 10" 11.5 m
  Height:12' 10" 3.9 m
  Wingspan: 52' 0" 15.8 m
  Wingarea: 328.0 sq ft 30.4 sq m
  Empty Weight: 12,380 lb 5,614 kg
  Gross Weight: 19,500 lb 8,843 kg
  Max Weight: 20,300 lb 9,206 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Allison V-1710-89/91
  Horsepower (each): 1425

  Range: 350 miles 563 km
  Cruise Speed: 250 mph 402 km/h 217 kt
  Max Speed: 402 mph 647 km/h 349 kt
  Climb: 3,076 ft/min 937 m/min
  Ceiling: 40,000 ft 12,191 m

Known serial numbers
42-12867 / 42-12869, 42-13560 / 42-13566, 42-67102 / 42-67311, 42-67402 / 42-68191, 42-103979 / 42-104428 , 43-28248 / 43-29047 , 44-23059 / 44-23208 , 44-23209 / 44-23558 , 44-23559 / 44-23768

Examples of this type may be found at
Planes of Fame Air MuseumEden PrairieMinnesota
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia

P-38J on display

The Air Museum

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"


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My dad flew the reconnaissance version of the P-38, known as the F-5. He commander the 28th PRS. He died last week (June 17, 2007) and I am preparing his eulogy as I write this note. A great man, he was. There are some really hairy stories about these Lightning jocks. I'll try and return shortly and recount a tale or two.
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 Gary Clinton
 Louisville, KY, KY
I have recently heard you have recieved the Glacier Girl
P-38 from Middlesboro KY. I have followed that plane since 2000, I will miss not being able to see it, glad its found a good home. I understand its making a trip to England, If its going to refueling near KY please let me know.

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