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Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 4318. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-20-LO Lightning serial number 44-23314.
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 P-38H "Porky II" 42-66506 assigned to Major Edward "Porky' Cragg.
In 2006, this aircraft was painted in the markings of P-38H "Skidoo" 42-66504 Nose 162 assigned to pilot Perry J. "PJ" Dahl from the 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 432nd Fighter Squadron (432nd FS) "Clover". On the left side of the nose below the cockpit was a scoreboard with nine Japanese rising sun flags (2x2x2x2x1) indicating Dahl's aerial victory claims. Below was stenciled "Pilot Capt. Perry J. Dahl" and below "Crew Chief T/Sgt. Doyle Dowell". On the left outer engine cowling is "Louis" (in quotes) in white block letters.
Since 2009, while not flying at air shows, this aircraft is parked in the 475th Fighter Group Hanger at the Planes of Fame Musuem.
FAA Registry - N138AM
Planes of Fame - Lockheed P-38J Lightning
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