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  F-5G-6-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-53012  
USAAF

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Justin Taylan 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 422-8267. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-5-LO Lightning serial number 44-27183. At the factory, converted to an F-5G-6-LO photographic reconnaissance version, one of sixty-three P-38L-5-LO models converted.

Postwar
Acquired by Kargl Aerial Surveys, Midland, TX and registered as NC62441 on May 17, 1946. Next to Aero Exploration Co. Tulsa, OK. until 1953.

Then to Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys, Minneapolis, MN, January 2, 1953-1965 and registered as N62441. Modified with pressurized, 2 seat cockpit with new canopy and nose modification at Ai Research Aviation, Los Angeles, CA, 1954. Registered as M501MH. Next, owned by Byers Airways Seattle, WA during 1965. Then to Pacific Aerial Surveys, Seattle and registered as N517PA during 1965-1969.

Next to Wally D. Peterson, Manson, VA from 1969 - 1971. Owned by I. N. "Junior" Burchinall, Paris, TX during 1971-1973 and then David M. Boyd, Tulsa, OK 1973-1981, who rebuilt the aircraft, including fitting a T-33 nose. Sold to N. Merrill Wien & Richard A. Wein Fairbanks, AK, Feb. 28, 1981-1990.

Display
On March 13, 1990 to Yanks Air Museum and registered as N718 and was returned to the original F-5G nose configuration with camera fittings. Restored to flying status but not flown.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-5-LO Lightning 44-53012
"53012 (MSN 422-8267, F-5G-6-LO) to RFC at Kingman AAF Feb 4, 1946. To civil regiatry as N718, now owned by Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA"
WarbirdRegistry.org Lockheed P-38 Lightning/44-53012
FAA N718 co-owned by Charles F. Nichols

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October 23, 2019

 

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