Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 422-8270. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-5-LO Lightning serial number 44-53015. At the factory, converted to a F-5G-6-LO photographic reconnaissance version, one of sixty-three P-38L-5-LO models converted.
On January 24, 1946 stricken from charge at Kingman Airfield and stored outdoors. During 1946, sold to to Mac Millian Oil Company and registered as N9957F, then registered as NX57492, used as Bendix Racer Number 55.
During November 1955, sold to Hycon Aerial Surveys, Pasadena CA and registered as N9957F. Next to the Tallmantz Collection, Orange Count, CA from January 1964 until 1965. Afterwards, to Rosen Novak Auto Company in Omaha, NB during 1965-1966 then to RW. H, Erikson, Minneapolis, MN 1969.
During 1972, to Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC). In 1980, to Gary Larkins / RMP Aviation, Colfax, CA.
During April 1981, installed as a gate guard at McGuire AFB. Displayed on a pylon at the Major Thomas B. McGuire Jr. Memorial painted in the marking of Thomas McGuire's P-38L "Pudgy V" 42-66817.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-5-LO Lightning 44-53015
"53015 (MSN 422-8270) F-5G-6-LO) to RFC at Kingman AAF Jan 24, 1946. To Mac Millian Oil Company in 1946 as NX57492, used as Bendix Racer #55. To Costa Rica in 1948. Later to Honduran AF. To Hycon Aerial Surveys, Pasadena CA Nov 1955 and restored as N9957F. To Tallmantz Collection, Orange Count, CA Jan 1964 to 1965. To Rosen Novak Auto Co, Omaha, NB 1965-1966. To RW. H, Erikson, Minneaapolis, MN 1969. Was at Yesterday's Air Force, Chino, CA by 1972. To Military Aircraft Restoration, Chino, CA 1972-1980. To Gary R. Larkins/RMP Aviation, Colfax, CA 1980-1981. To McGuire AFB, NB as gate guard Apr 1981. Registration N9957F now inactive."
Warbirds Resource Group - F-5G 44-53015
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October 23, 2019