Lightning on Display
This is the last remaining P38G Lightning, on display at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, after it was finally recovered from its 50-year resting spot in the Aleutian Islands. In 1945, U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert Nesmith was flying the P38 on a training mission, when the left propellor fluctuated. He managed to make a wheels-up landing in the snow; Nesmith was unharmed, but the aircraft was too damaged to fly out. The poor P38 was stripped and left to sit until it was finally recovered in the late 1990s and restored in Hangar Four on base, and finally put on display in July 2000.
Photo: USAF (Justin Connaher)