Early in WWII America was desperate to develop a fighter fast enough to counter the German aircraft. This twin engine airplane was the answer. Soon the enemy pilots started calling the P-38 Lightning “The Fork Tailed Devil” because it was able to outrun anything in the air at the time.
This powerful plane was able to exceed the speed of sound in a steep dive, but the vibrations were so great that the plane might actually shake itself apart.
As a side note to the development of this unique and unforgettable aircraft, my own Father worked for a company, along with thousands of other small companies across America, charged with getting this craft designed, assembled and in the air. My Father’s job was in the sheet metal department, where he formed the seat pan for the lone pilot.
Models are made in the United States using “rescued” woods from many sources that might otherwise be burned or buried.