History in Flight
Rare warbirds star in a California airshow.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, May 11, 2010
Frank Mormillo/ Planes of Fame Air Museum
The Museum’s P-38J Lightning is one of the later models built for World War II and was used Stateside to train fighter pilots. “We don’t think they brought any P-38s back,” says Maloney. “They were all cut up for scrap.” Although the aircraft didn’t see action in the war, it is painted in the markings of a pilot who did and earned a silver star for it: fighter ace P.J. Dahl. Dahl named his airplane “23 Skidoo,” after an expression his father often used for getting out of a spot quick.