LOCKHEED’S P-38 LIGHTNING — THE ‘FORK-TAILED DEVIL’ — IN POST-WAR SERVICE
Built for the USAAF as P-38L 44-26961 and converted to an F-5G, in late 1948 this Lightning was sold to the Costa Rica Air Force before moving on the Guatemala military the following year. By 1953 it had become 504 with the Honduras Air Force and in 1960 returned to the USA, registered as N74883. In 1964 it was acquired by The Air Museum at Ontario, California (illustrated), owned by famed operator Ed Maloney. Later registered as N6961, it was destroyed in a fatal accident killing pilot John G Deahl at Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 9, 1981.