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Following are a list of the surviving P-38s. Clicking on each picture will open a separate window if a larger picture is available. When you are finished looking at the picture, just close the window. This page will remain open. (Make sure your browser is not set to block pop-up windows or the enlarged photo window won't open. Your browser should also be at it's default setting of 100% to view properly.)

This list is compiled to the best of our ability. If you have updated info on these or any other P‑38s we'd appreciate hearing it!

Lockheed kept the model numbers in order before they modified special cases or photo-recons. Thus, the F‑5Gs were originally P‑38L models before they were modified. So, in the table below, they could have been modified for specialized use.

As of November, 2015, there are currently seven P-38s that are not only airworthy but are participating in air shows around the world. They are:

23 Skidoo
(California)
Glacier Girl
(Texas)
Allied Fighters
(California)
Red Bull
(Austria)
Scat III
(Minnesota)
Tangerine
(Oregon)
Photo/Name
Owner/Location
Model
SERIAL #
CIV REG #
Comments

White 33

White 33
White 33 with Frank Royal

Feenix Partners

P-38F-5-LO

42-12652

AIRWORTHY Static Display

Recovered from PNG (Papua New Guinea)

Being restored to airworthiness at Westpac Restorations in Colorado.

Links of interest:
Westpac Restorations
WW Woods & Co.

Lizzie V

Museum of Flight P-38 Lightning
P-38 Lightning - Lizzie V Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight
Seattle, WA

P-38L-5
(P-38M)

44-53097
NL3JB

AIRWORTHY Static Display

2015 noseart: Lizzie V

Red Bull

Red Bull or Flying Bull P-38 Formerly White Lightnin'

Red Bull
Austria
Salzburg Airport

Also known as:
Flying Bulls

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-53254
N25Y

AIRWORTHY & flying!

Fully restored to airworthiness at Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge Texas in June 2008.

Noseart: White Lightnin'
Read more about White Lightnin'

Crash landing in Greenwood, MS, June 25, 2001, it was restored to airworthiness and bought by the Red Bull company (the Flying Bulls).

Ezell used to have a great history of this restoration, but they have remove all the photos.

Circa 1948

P-38 Lightning Collings Foundation

The Collings Foundation

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-53186
N38EV
N505MH

AIRWORTHY Static Display

Purchased by The Collings Foundation in Aug 2015.

Plans are under way to return this P‑38 to the air sometime in 2016!

23 Skidoo

23 Skidoo P-38
Formerly Joltin' Josie, Porky II

Planes of Fame Museum
Chino, CA

P-38J-20

44-23314
N138AM

AIRWORTHY & Flying!

Original 23 Skidoo (with pilot P.J. "Perry" Dahl)

NASM P-38 Lightning National Air & Space Museum
(Smithsonian)
Washington, D.C.
P-38J-10 42-67762

Static Display

Acquired from Army Air Forces Museum.

Has been moved to the NASM's new building at Dulles International Airport. Now on display.

Air Force Museum P-38

Formerly Country Boy II, City Slicker

National Museum of the USAF
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
P-38L-5 44-53232
NX66678
FAH505
42-67855

Static Display

Former Honduran AF
(Painted as P‑38J when purchased by AF Museum in 1961.)

Another photo
Cockpit photo

Air Force Museum P-38
Air Force Museum P-38

Experimental Aircraft Association
Oshkosh, WI

P-38L-5-LO

44-53087
N3800L
N1107V

Static Display

Currently also being displayed with "Marge" nose art.

Bubble nose modification shown in B&W photo at left was made post-war by Spartan Air Services, Ltd. for aerial mapping duty (©Cartwright Aerial Services).

Weeks P-38
No larger image.

Kermit Weeks
Fantasy of Flight Museum
Polk City, FL

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-26761
N2897S

Partial body

Damaged during Hurricane Andrew 1992. Stored pending restoration.

Air Force Museum P-38
Although there is no name on the plane, it has this great noseart!
Air Force Museum P-38

Charles Nichols
Yanks Air Museum
Chino, CA

Originally built as a P‑38L, it was converted to F‑5G before entering service.

44-27183
NC62441
N62441
N501MH
N517PA
N718

AIRWORTHY Static Display

The Yanks Museum has a nice slideshow of their P‑38 here. (Just click on the image and it will begin.)

Elmendorf P-38
Elmendorf P-38

Elmendorf AFB
Anchorage, AK

*Thanks

P-38G-10

42-13400
N55929

Static display

Served with the 54th FS, 343rd FG. Recovered from Aleutians. Restored

Relampago

War Eagles Museum P-38 Lightning
War Eagles Museum P-38 Lightning

War Eagles Museum
Santa Teresa, NM

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-27053
NX65485
NX345
N345
N345DN
N577JB

AIRWORTHY Static Display

Pudgy

McGuire AFB P-38

Pudgy being installed at McGuire AFB front gate (1981)

Pudgy P-38 at McGuire AFB

Pudgy being removed to relocate
to hangar on base (2015

Pudgy P-38 relocation

Tom McGuire Memorial
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-53015
Also listed as 44‑27183
N9957F

Static Display

Read about P‑38 ace, Thomas McGuire here.

Hill P-38 Hill Aerospace Museum
Hill AFB, UT

P‑38J‑10‑LO

42-67638
Displayed as 267638/85

Static Display

Crash landed on Buldir Island, AK, in 1944. Used as air-to-ground target practice for other P‑38s. Recovered in 1994 by Air Force Heritage Foundation and delivered to Hill AFB Museum for restoration.

Thoughts of Midnite

Thoughts of Midnight P-38
Formerly Putt-Putt Maru

Tom Friedkin
Houston, TX

P-38L-5
(P-38M)

44-53095
N9005R

AIRWORTHY & Flying!

Fully restored and now back online.  Test flown by Steve Hinton in early June, 2008.

Dec 09: New nose art: "Thoughts of Midnite."

Vintage Putt Putt Maru
Aéro Journal Drawings

Allied Fighters

Allied Fighters P-38

With Jeff Harris'
"Honey Bunny" noseart

Allied Fighters Honey Bunny P-38

Jack Croul
Allied Fighters
Chino, CA

There is a wonderful slideshow on the Allied Fighters website. Check it out!

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-26981
NX53752 (1946)
NL53752 (1948)
CF-GCH (1951)
N5596V (1956)
N7723C (2005)

There is a full provenance of all these number changes on the Allied Fighters website.

AIRWORTHY & Flying!

This P‑38 was known just as the "Allied Fighters" P‑38 until Jeff Harris, its then present‑day pilot, asked to put the "Honey Bunny" noseart on it.

It remained there until Jeff's untimely death in 2013, and has since been removed.

The last we heard, this P‑38 as up for sale. Anyone have a few million to spare? Wish we did!

Here is a great tribute video to Jeff Harris. It's candid and it's very "Jeff."

Scatterbrain Kid No larger image.

Photo by Jim Lux
Pilot: Col. Sandy Sansing

Flying Heritage Collection

P-38J-15

44-104088
N5260N
N38LL

Damaged at Breckenridge Air Show 1994

Awaiting Restoration

Being restored at WesPac
(8-5-11)

Vintage Scatterbrain Kid

Marge

Marge P-38
Marge P-38

Richard I. Bong Veteran's Historical  Center
Superior, WI

This website has a great interactive page (see left image). You roll over the P-38 and it will tell you what that part of the plane is! Try it here!

P-38L-5

44-53286
42-103993
(Original "Marge")

Static Display.

Restored by Minnesota National Guard.

The photo on the nose is his wife, Marge (nee) Vattendahl.

Richard Bong with "Marge"

Scat III

Scat III
Formerly Ruff Stuff
Scat III

Present-day P-38 pilot
Kevin Eldridge with Scat III

Ronald Fagen
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

Renamed "Ruff Stuff" (2012)
Watch the noseart being applied.
Renamed "Scat III" (2015)

P-38L-5
(F-5G)

44-27231
NX79123
N79123

AIRWORTHY & Flying!

At the P-38 Museum before she was "Ruff Stuff"

Glacier Girl

Glacier Girl
Glacier Girl on the Glacier Glacier Girl on the glacier circa 1942?

Perhaps. This is an aerial photo taken from a recon plane of one of the downed P‑38s from the "Lost Squadron."

Rod Lewis, Lewis Air Legends
San Antonio, TX

Formerly housed at theLost Squadron Museum in Middlesboro, KY, which closed after the sale of "Glacier Girl."

P-38F

41-7630
N5757
N17630

 

 

AIRWORTHY & Flying!

This twin-boom P‑38 Lightning lay buried under arctic ice for 50 years, and eluded recovery attempted by more than a dozen expeditions. Finally pulled piece by piece from under 268 feet of ice on the 13th effort to retrieve her, she was appropriately christened "Glacier Girl." 

See entire Glacier Girl story here.

Scarlet Scourge

Classic Jets P-38Photo by Paul Hastings
Classic Jets P-38

Unknown

Previous owner:
Bob Jarrett, Classic Jets Fighter Museum
Adelaide, South Australia

P‑38H‑5‑LO

42‑-66841
Also reported as: 42‑ 66851

According to Pat Carry, this plane was sold to someone in England and is currently undergoing restoration to flying status.

Tangerine

Classic Jets P-38

Jack Erickson
Tillamook Air Museum
Tillamook, OR

P-38L
(F-5G)

44-27083
(also reported as 44-53018)
NX75551
N75551
N502MH
N2114L

 

AIRWORTHY & Flying

Original Tangerine wreckage

*Special thanks to Pat & Linda Carry for their excellent ongoing updates re these birds.