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Lockheed Assembly Plant

Check out these very detailed, original photos of the Lockheed plant in Burbank. You should be able to find just about any part in it's assembly stage.?Amazing.


These photos include some incredible images of how, fearing enemy aircraft might be flying overhead, they camouflaged the plant so it was invisible from the air.


Photo Gallery

Here are a few photos to show you just how versatile the P‑38 was, as well as some just for fun.

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This photo shows two days of P‑38 production at the Lockheed "Skunk Works" (between 24-30 planes)

To see the "triple lines" (which Lockheed was told couldn't be done), click here. If you'd like to see a ton of photos of the P‑38 during assembly, check this out.

Lockheed logo hat


When demand and production was at its height, the final assembly had to be moved outside to accommodate all the P?38s being produced for the war effort.


This unusual photo shows a test of a P-38 in full-scale wind tunnel at the NASA Langley Research Center's Full Scale Tunnel in Dec '41

...must have passed the test, eh?


Crew member hard at work prepping the plane.


One of the 38s best features was its ability to travel long, over-water flights. Very useful in the Pacific Theatre.


P-38 on the tarmac, waiting for a driver in 1942.


This is a well-known and beautiful classic shot of the 38.  We liked it so much, we've put it on some of our CafePress Gift Shop items.


Here's a picture to break your heart. After the war, hundreds of P‑38s were dumped in an aircraft graveyard.  Little did they know how sorely we'd miss them in the 21st Century.


A P‑38 flying with one prop feathered, putting the kibosh on those rumors that it can't be flown on one engine. Ha!

Burbank plant 1941, new P‑38s in pre-war metal finish with tail stripes and red national insignia.


Any landing you dan walk (or swim) away from is a good one...


Not sure how, but this one made it back safely after a strike on Iwo Jima. Its left engine is out and its right wing has a big ole hole in it and is in flames.


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