A couple of weeks ago, WarbirdsNews posted a short article HERE on the refurbishment of Lockheed P-38G Lightning 42-13400 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. The aircraft is the last known complete example of this particular variant in preservation, and has been on outdoor display at the base air park since its restoration from a wreck in the late 1990s. Well, we are happy to say that the recent work on this historic aircraft is now complete. We thought you would enjoy seeing the images of the Lightning going back on display, along with the Air Force press release describing the event.
The world’s last known complete Lockheed P-38G Lightning was returned to its vigilant watch over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. A P-38G was the first airplane in Alaska to score an aerial victory over the Japanese in World War II. This plane crash-landed on Attu Island in 1945. The wreck was salvaged in 1998 and, after the restoration, it resides again on permanent display at 3rd Wing Headquarters.
The 3rd Maintenance Squadron crash recovery team and 773d Civil Engineer Squadron structure shop return the newly refurbished Lockheed P-38G Lightning to the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2017. The aircraft has been a static display at JBER since May of 2000 as a reminder of the sacrifices made in the ‘Forgotten War’ of the Aleutian Island chain; the restoration program started in August of 2016.
The aircraft has occupied pride of place on a special pedestal at Elmendor’s air park since May, 2000. Of course, being outdoors is not an ideal situation, but the aircraft is well maintained. She came inside recently for a bit of TLC, which also included a trip through the paint booth to get a fresh coat of paint. We thought our readers would find these images interesting. Long may she continue to serve as a reminder for the sacrifice of so many in the “Forgotten War” of the Aleutian Island Chain… the only US home territory actually captured and occupied by the Japanese during WWII.
Read the P-38G Lightning Under Refurbishment in Alaska to find out more about this airplane.