The P-38 Lightning was developed in response to a 1937 request from the Army Air Corps for a twin-engine interceptor that could climb to 20,000 feet in six minutes and have a top speed of 360 mph. With the P-38 capable of high speeds, development was slowed by problems of compressibility and flutter, since little was known at the time about flight with near-transonic airflow over parts of airframes. The P-38 saw service in Europe, where it gained the nickname “fork-tailed devil” by German pilots and soldiers. However, it was in the Pacific where it found its greatest success.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!