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Patriot_Act
04-11-2008, 02:41 AM
"Lefty" Gardner's Lockheed P-38 was badly damaged in a tornado in Brekenridge Texas
as it was being finished at Ezell Aviation.
There were numerous WWII aircraft there including Gardners P-38, at least one FM2 (F4F)
and two P-51s last I heard.

The arial photos look pretty sad, but nothing definitive.

Lefty's P-38 is a historic aircraft more for it's colorfull
post war racing history than anything else.

The only time I went to Reno, Lefty still raced that huge plane.
He never stood a chance, but it was fun to watch.
Honestly watching Lefty nearly touching the ground a few times
was terrifying.
I think they passed a minimum altitude rule because of him.....

P.A.

Schwarz.13
04-11-2008, 06:03 AM
That's a shame!

I hope it's not too badly damaged - probably not covered by insurance either: "Acts of God" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Any video links of the P-38 racing at Reno? I'd love to see that!

Daiichidoku
04-11-2008, 06:24 AM
white lightnin started as the very first P38 sold surplus in USA, purchased by Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier (the dapper gent with the fashionable headpiece in my avatar) for racing, AFAIK it had clipped wings and a long nose pitot tube, i have a small pic of it somewhere, will look for it

Taylortony
04-11-2008, 07:17 AM
http://cbs11tv.com/slideshows/Breckenridge.Damage.torna...0.696160.html?rid=13 (http://cbs11tv.com/slideshows/Breckenridge.Damage.tornado.20.696160.html?rid=13)

Xiolablu3
04-11-2008, 11:53 AM
Originally posted by Daiichidoku:
white lightnin started as the very first P38 sold surplus in USA, purchased by Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier (the dapper gent with the fashionable headpiece in my avatar) for racing, AFAIK it had clipped wings and a long nose pitot tube, i have a small pic of it somewhere, will look for it

Why did he clip the wing? It does nothing for performance you know http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Daiichidoku
04-11-2008, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by Xiolablu3:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Daiichidoku:
white lightnin started as the very first P38 sold surplus in USA, purchased by Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier (the dapper gent with the fashionable headpiece in my avatar) for racing, AFAIK it had clipped wings and a long nose pitot tube, i have a small pic of it somewhere, will look for it


ok, i found what i was looking for ...it WASNT Tony LeVier's 38 (although that one WAS the first surplus 38, he had it painted all-red like P-38 "Yippee")

aparently some ppl felt wing slipping helped....if you look in the site, you will also see a clipped wing P 63 racer...

nice engine mods, also, using Sc from a P40, and P 63 exhaust stacks...

"White Lightnin" was "two-five-yankee", and at one time had all these mods, inc clipped wings (pics on site)
"Sometime in the sixties Charlie flew to Brownwood, Texas in a Piper Cherokee and when he went to the hangar, Lefty Gardner came out, and unfortunately as Charlie said, I didn't know who the hell he was. While I was talking to him I was looking in the back of the hangar and shared with him there's a P-38 back there. He said, yeah, that's mine. I went back to look at it and it was two-five-yankee! And then we had something to talk about. I climbed up into it and you know that revived some memories"

http://hometown.aol.com/conroeqb/wallingracesindex.html

Why did he clip the wing? It does nothing for performance you know http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Xiolablu3
04-12-2008, 02:06 AM
Yeah, I was being sarcastic http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SO often we hear on this forum that clipping wings was pointless, even though they still do it today to increase roll rate and speed at low level.

wayno7777
04-16-2008, 08:46 PM
I thought they sold it to Red Bull. It was being restored to flight condition. This will hopefully only be a delay in it's return to the skies....

PS. He removed the turbo-superchargers and used F,G,H model engine fairings among a multitude of modifcations....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Aircraft/P38WhiteLightning_e.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Aircraft/P38WhiteLightning_b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Aircraft/P38WhiteLightning_a.jpg

fly524
04-24-2008, 06:59 PM
I was part of Lefty's crew - and spent many an hour in the back "seat" of 25Y. Memories I will treasure the rest of my life. So many stories that several people have encouraged me to write a book.

He was, and still is, among the most gentle, kind man I have ever met, or will meet.

I had not heard about the storm at Bruce's place. Please keep us up to date on the extent of damage to White Lightnin as well as other aircraft involved.

Thanks.

DustyBarrels77
04-26-2008, 11:26 AM
oh man hope the planes and everyone in the community are ok

nice vid of white lightning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PQfAWFHHFA