10 Things About The P-38 Lightning Hardcore Warbird Fans Will Know

10 Things About The P-38 Lightning Hardcore Warbird Fans Will Know | World War Wings Videos

Pretty Neat.

Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning is definitely a unique plane. Its twin booms make it easily identifiable, iconic and to add to that they were great fighter escorts.

Between 1941 and 1945, Lockheed produced over 10,000 P-38 Lightnings.

Want proof? Well, the top three USAAF aces flew P-38s so there’s that. Also, it was the only plane to be produced in large quantities throughout World War II. If they sucked, that certainly wouldn’t be the case.

These are just some of the facts you’ll see in the video below, so buckle up and get your thinking cap on because you’ll want to remember these. If you have any to add, by the way, let us know in the comments section of Facebook.

F-5A Lightning of the 7th Photo Group, 8th Air Force based at Mount Farm. The national insignia was bordered in red with overall finish in synthetic haze. | USAF Photo / Public Domain

As a side note, and this is something that’s not in the video, there is one cool fact we’d like to add ourselves.

Charles Lindbergh, an aviator among many other things, greatly improved the P-38 Lightning and taught USAAF pilots new techniques to help them fly it. While on an escort mission in 1944, he shot down a Japanese plane in the Pacific Theater and was the only civilian during the war to do so during the war.

True story.

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