A friend sent me this story and I also have no idea who Jeff H is. I am crediting the photos to him, and if they are not his, let me know so we can give correct credit.
There are only 7 remaining flyable P-38s in the world, including the restored 'Glacier Girl' (y'all know the story). I think Lefty Gardner's formerly white P-38 is now shiny aluminum, but is in England? Not sure.
Anyway, to get 5 out of the 7 together for a photo shoot is amazing, and to get them in the air at the same time, headed to an airshow is real skill!
Great photo, and a little story about the flight. I have no idea who Jeff H is. Enjoy.
Jeff H's Story
Thought you might appreciate this....last Thursday we took 5 of the 7 flying P-38s from Chino to the Sacramento Capital airshow at Mather for the weekend show.
John Maloney flew chase in our P-51...First we joined up over lake mathews for a quick and dirty photo shoot then climbed up and headed north..along the way Hinton decided we would buzz Shafter where his son was preparing "Stega"for Reno..so we went whistling by their hangar line a breast at about 300 and pulled and came around single ship....climbed back up and joined up..
Then about Fresno, the Air Museums P-38 " 23Skidoo" cracked a head so we followed her to descent at FAT and pressed on.....then about 10 out of KMHR Hinton again decided on some tom foolerery and we did a super low echelon pass at Sanders private strip at Ione before we headed to KMHR for a fan break with the mustang as -5 cameras rolling...
At one point in the flight Maloney came from behind in the Mustang and dove down our right and pulled up into a giant exaggerated barrel roll around the rather loose goose formation so the camera man could snap a photo thru the canopy of the mustang as he was inverted over the P-38 flight.....what a fun deal that was......
here’s a few of the shots..hope your well.
All the best Jeff H
Tue, Mar 5 2013 9:22 PM
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