History in Flight

Rare warbirds star in a California airshow

(Tony Reichhardt)


(Frank Mormillo/ Planes of Fame 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.


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