USAAF P-38J Lightning aircraft in flight, late 1943

Caption   USAAF P-38J Lightning aircraft in flight, late 1943 ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 5 Apr 2010
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Apr 2011 09:42:30 PM

Good in flight photograph of a P-38J-10-LO
The last P-38 was delivered to the USAAF in
September 1945. Unit cost for each P-38J was
$97,147, 1940s dollars.
The P-38 was phased out of service by 1949
the P-38 was the only US fighter to remain in production throughout the war. After WWII
many of the aircraft that were in overseas locations, were bulldozed or scrapped.
The US passed post-war surplus P-38s to friendly air forces, some found their way
to South America serving with Honduras until
retired in 1965.


CIA/Operatives used a P-38M during the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'etat. The aircraft carried no marking, in the Spook World the aircraft was "Sanitized". Italy retired its P-38s in 1956 the P-38 found jobs in the civilian world as aerial survey to unlimited air racer
to war bird and flying at air shows
2. Zdeněk 'Lightning' JosefĂ­k says:
3 Nov 2013 06:10:30 AM

This P-38J-10-LO No.42-68008 delivered to the USAAF in December 1943. Unit cost for each P-38J in 1943 was $105,567

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