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  P-38L-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-53097  
USAAF

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 422-8352. This aircraft was one of the last Lightnings built. Converted from a model P-38L-5-LO Lightning into a model P-38M-6-LO night fighter with radar, an elevated rear seat and extended rear canopy for a second crew member. Delivered to the U. S. Army. On December 29, 1945, assigned to RFC at Kingman Airfield.

Postwar
Sold and registered as NX67861. Later, aquired by the Cuban Air Force, During July 1954, assigned to the Fuerza Aerea Hondurena (Honduran Air Force) as FAH-503, the second aircraft to use this serial number.

Later, acquired by Bob Bean Aircraft of Blythe, CA during February 1960 and registered as N9011R. Next, displayed at the Champlin Fighter Museum. Later, sold to Cecil Harp and Bob Ennis of Modesto, CA. In 1983 it was converted back to its original L model configuration with a single-seat.

Today, displayed at the Museum of Flight in the World War II gallery on pylons. Painted in the markings of P-38L "Lizzie V" 44-25930 assigned to John E. Purdy of the 475th Fighter Group, 433rd Fighter Squadron.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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