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EAA Airventure 2009: P-38 Lightning "Ruff Stuff"

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2 Responses to “EAA Airventure 2009: P-38 Lightning "Ruff Stuff"”


  1. 1 George Kulovitz
    August 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Your plane is so cool! P38s took down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japan’s best Admiral, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor. The 339th fighter squadron of the US army Air Force, equipped with long range P-38 Lightning fighters, was informed of Yamamoto’s itinerary and ordered to intercept his aircraft. The meeting point was far in Japanese controlled air space, so 16 Lightnings were sent to intercept Yamamoto along his flight path. They arrived and loitered at low altitude for a while until they saw their target, two G4M Betty bombers escorted by six Zero fighters. The American fighters focused on the bombers and shot down both of them and one of the Zeroes over the jungle.

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    August 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you for adding that bit of history. This P-38 Lightning is called “Ruff Stuff” and can be seen at air shows all across America.


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