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  P-38J-20-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-23314  
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Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 4318.  Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
During World War II, this aircraft remained in the United States. During 1945, assigned to Hancock Field School of Aeronautics at Santa Monica, CA and used as an instructional airframe. In 1954. placed into open storage at Lavern-Brackett Field, CA. Purchased by Jack P. Hardwick of El Monte CA.

In December 1959, acquired by Edward Maloney / Planes of Fame Museum. Restored to airworthy condition by 1961 and placed on static disply 1962-1987. Further restoration was performed at Chino Airport. First flight July 22, 1988. Registered with the FAA as N38BP. Painted to represent F-5A "Joltin' Josie" 42-3314.

During October 1989-1998 displayed at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Afterwards, returned to Planes of Fame Museum. On September 18, 1998 registered as N138AM.

In 2003, it was to be repainted in the markings of Captain Jay Robbin's P-38J "Jandia II" 42-67590.  But, the real P-38J "Jandina III" 42-103988, was salvaged and purchased by Paul Allen / Flying Heritage Collection.  Instead it was painted in the markings of Major Edward Cragg's P-38H "Porky II" 42-66506.

In 2006, this aircraft was painted in the markings of 475th FG pilot Perry J. Dahl 'P.J.' "Skidoo" #162. Dahl flew combat in New Guinea and the Phlippines.

Since 2009, while not flying at air shows, this aircraft is parked in the 475th Fighter Group Hanger at the Planes of Fame Musuem.

References
FAA Registry - N138AM
Planes of Fame - Lockheed P-38J Lightning

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January 31, 2018

 

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