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wayno7777
04-24-2006, 01:37 PM
Lockheed P-38L
Reg. N-25Y
This Lockheed P-38L (Reg. N25Y, c/n 5339) comes from aviation legend Lefty Gardner. After an engine fire forced an emergency landing in a field, the plane was in a rather sorry state. More information on the plane€s previous history is found at www.p38whitelightnin.com (http://www.p38whitelightnin.com)
When we acquired it, the airplane had been parked at Stinson Airfield in San Antonio, Texas. The tail booms, a warehouse full of spare parts, and two spare engines were placed in storage in Austin, north of San Antonio. After the sales negotiations were successfully concluded, the airplane and all accessories were moved by special transport to an Ezell Aviation hangar workshop 400 miles away. There the plane was restored from scratch, equipped with new engines, and brought back to top condition.

For everyone (us included) who cannot wait till the plane is ready for operation, a little patience is needed: its next maiden flight is still a couple of months away. Then however €" to the extent that we can promise anything €" the White Lightnin€ will be a real feast for the eyes. At both air shows and its future home base in Hangar-7, it will again be a major attraction among only a handful of Lockheed P-38L€s in the world that are still airworthy.

You can find additional pictures of the transport and current restoration at www.ezellaviation.com (http://www.ezellaviation.com).

Work is progressing, good news....

wayno7777
04-24-2006, 01:37 PM
Lockheed P-38L
Reg. N-25Y
This Lockheed P-38L (Reg. N25Y, c/n 5339) comes from aviation legend Lefty Gardner. After an engine fire forced an emergency landing in a field, the plane was in a rather sorry state. More information on the plane€s previous history is found at www.p38whitelightnin.com (http://www.p38whitelightnin.com)
When we acquired it, the airplane had been parked at Stinson Airfield in San Antonio, Texas. The tail booms, a warehouse full of spare parts, and two spare engines were placed in storage in Austin, north of San Antonio. After the sales negotiations were successfully concluded, the airplane and all accessories were moved by special transport to an Ezell Aviation hangar workshop 400 miles away. There the plane was restored from scratch, equipped with new engines, and brought back to top condition.

For everyone (us included) who cannot wait till the plane is ready for operation, a little patience is needed: its next maiden flight is still a couple of months away. Then however €" to the extent that we can promise anything €" the White Lightnin€ will be a real feast for the eyes. At both air shows and its future home base in Hangar-7, it will again be a major attraction among only a handful of Lockheed P-38L€s in the world that are still airworthy.

You can find additional pictures of the transport and current restoration at www.ezellaviation.com (http://www.ezellaviation.com).

Work is progressing, good news....

danjama
04-24-2006, 01:39 PM
Interesting, thanks for posting http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Treetop64
04-24-2006, 03:00 PM
That is wonderful news, indeed. I've kept up somewhat with this development, and was sad to hear of the mishap.

GuNzABlaZiN
04-24-2006, 03:09 PM
It brings a tear to my eyes to see the P38 in such a shape. You wouldn't believe how much appreciation and respect I have for what you guys are doing. Keep up the good work!

lronSight
04-24-2006, 07:21 PM
Okay wow, I want to work on that project!

Gibbage1
04-24-2006, 10:17 PM
Wow! I am SO glad to hear good news of White Lightnin!!!! I myself am making my own tribute to this great aircraft! It looks like it will soon be making the Airshor circut, and that I think is the best news yet. Not going to be just another museum peace! Maybe they will race her in Reno again? We can only hope!

wayno7777
04-24-2006, 10:24 PM
I was glad to see she was still in the states....

NAFP_supah
04-25-2006, 12:15 AM
MAN that red bull site is annoying. The typical example of why Flash is bad, you just go there to look at the pictures but spend 5 minutes a click watching some ******ed Flash anim that adds nothing. Expect to see that lightning flying in a completely un historical paintscheme dressed up like a circus clown.

http://supah.chaotic.nl/foto/270805-ehgg/seavixen1.jpg

A good example of this, I doubt the royal navy used such an elaborate paintscheme operationally.

wayno7777
04-25-2006, 12:24 AM
Well, I hope not. Either White Lightning or a WWII scheme....