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Gibbage1
06-17-2008, 05:57 PM
Im suprised I didnt see this before, but on June 2nd, White Lightnin finally takes to the skies!

For those who dont know, White Lightnin is a famous race P-38 flown by Lefty Gardner, a WWII vet and P-38 pilot. His son was flying the White Lightnin when a turbo impeller shattered, braking the fiel lines in the left boom, catching it on fire. Luckly, his sone was able to put it down in a corn field, but not without causing serious damage to the aircraft. The Gardner's didnt have the money to repair the aircraft, and eventually sold it to Red Bull air racing 3 years ago. Since then, its been going through some Extensive restoration by the dedicated Red Bull team.

On June 2nd, about 7 years to the month it went down, Steve Hinton, an associate of mine who I have worked with a few times, took White Lightnin to the sky. She was the obvious pick, seeing as he has more flight time in P-38's then any pilot. He also took the Glacier Girl on her maiden flight.

You can take a look at the restoration photo's of this wonderful bird here.

http://www.ezellaviation.com/Past%20Pages/P38/walkaround.html

Gibbage1
06-17-2008, 05:57 PM
Im suprised I didnt see this before, but on June 2nd, White Lightnin finally takes to the skies!

For those who dont know, White Lightnin is a famous race P-38 flown by Lefty Gardner, a WWII vet and P-38 pilot. His son was flying the White Lightnin when a turbo impeller shattered, braking the fiel lines in the left boom, catching it on fire. Luckly, his sone was able to put it down in a corn field, but not without causing serious damage to the aircraft. The Gardner's didnt have the money to repair the aircraft, and eventually sold it to Red Bull air racing 3 years ago. Since then, its been going through some Extensive restoration by the dedicated Red Bull team.

On June 2nd, about 7 years to the month it went down, Steve Hinton, an associate of mine who I have worked with a few times, took White Lightnin to the sky. She was the obvious pick, seeing as he has more flight time in P-38's then any pilot. He also took the Glacier Girl on her maiden flight.

You can take a look at the restoration photo's of this wonderful bird here.

http://www.ezellaviation.com/Past%20Pages/P38/walkaround.html

crucislancer
06-17-2008, 07:43 PM
I remember reading about the accident, but I didn't know what became of the plane. Thanks for the link!

BadA1m
06-17-2008, 08:31 PM
She's a beauty, I'm glad this bird is flying again.

Schwarz.13
06-18-2008, 02:43 AM
Magnificent! She looks amazing in polished aluminium http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I couldn't find any vids off her flying again but i found this old film of her, before the crash:

White Lightning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PQfAWFHHFA)

Lovely film, well worth watching! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Daiichidoku
06-18-2008, 09:16 AM
PLEASE REDBULL, just a tasteful lil logo somewhere on the pod, no huge graphic monstronsity extolling the virtures of caffeine, sugar and water....

Ronbo3
06-18-2008, 04:45 PM
I hope they will bring it back to Reno for at least a show or 2. I was lucky enough to watch Lefty perform with it, then turn around and race it in either the silver or bronze races. If you havent heard those twin allisons at race or near race power round the pylons, you are missing a piece of history. It is awesome. Glad to see it back to flying form. there should still be some vids of Lefty flying White Lightnin' on thier website.

Gibbage1
06-18-2008, 05:26 PM
Well its still got its reno racer config, with the E chin on the L body, and also the carb scoop on top with the turbo's removed and fared over. Looking at how clean that thing is, im sure its race ready and then some!

Reno is one of the events I keep swearing to go too, but keep missing. One day.... One day.

crucislancer
06-18-2008, 05:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Gibbage1:
Well its still got its reno racer config, with the E chin on the L body, and also the carb scoop on top with the turbo's removed and fared over. Looking at how clean that thing is, im sure its race ready and then some!

Reno is one of the events I keep swearing to go too, but keep missing. One day.... One day. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://www.airrace.org/indexJS.php

I just might go this year, though I really won't know until the last minute.

wayno7777
06-18-2008, 07:59 PM
I was hoping they'd keep the hybrid configuration. Thanks for the update, Gib! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif