A new aircraft in the Flying Bulls’ stable
It set new standards in military aviation and was hugely popular in the US Air Force: the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. In the Second World War, the fighter bomber was noted not only for its tri-fuselage construction, but also for its highly successful missions. More than 70 years after they were created, there are only a few P-38s still taking majestically to the skies – and since the beginning of March 2009, one of them has its home in Salzburg. (credit: Hangar-7)
Milviz P-38 Civilian Redbull Redux
The best preserved P-38 in the world lead a hard life until lovingly restored to gleaming perfection for the world famous energy drink. September, 1945 saw P-38 F-5G-6-LO, serial number 44-53254 dismissed from the Air Force and registered as civil aircraft. Finding its way to Houston in the hands of J.D. Reed, an air racing enthusiast who worked to further optimise the speed of the plane. He recruited passionate pilots, including Charlie “Firewall” Walling who achieved 2nd place at the 1947 Miami Air Races.
In 1963 when the P-38 fell into the hands of flying legend Marvin “Lefty” Gardner who, inspired by the former colours of the Confederate Air Force, opted for a striking white colour bearing the nickname “White Lightning”. Lefty was born to be both a mechanic and a pilot and is immortalised for the Reno National Championship Air Races. He attended for decades and there were days he won 2 out of 3 races. His greatest strength was Precision Aerobatics.
However, in 2001 the White Lightning was struck down by an engine in flames, Lefty’s son Ladd escaped by the skin of his teeth and managed to bring the plane down in a cotton field in Mississippi. The white plane was now black and with substantial damage.
8 years later following a comprehensive restoration at Ezell Aviationit the plane looked as if it just left the factory floor, a metallic gleam perfects the form of the double cantilever body, modern avionics and systems complete the rebuild.
The P-38 Civilian is one of the fastest warbird modifications out there. At 337 Mph at under 12,000ft, it's fast. Plenty fast!
We've redone the codebase, had Bernt (Stolle) do a new FDE and reworked the VC to be at todays standards!
High Performance and Packed with Features!
The P-38 Civilian (Redbull) model depicted in this package is a highly detailed replica of its real-life counterpart. The model was created by using high quality digital photos and many, many countless hours of testing, revising and testing again!
Other outstanding features of this aircraft are:
- Realistic startup and shutdowns
- Realistic systems and avionics
- High quality external model using normal and specular maps
- High resolution paint kit
- Manuals for all the electronic units in the plane
- RXP integration (430 and 530) (note: we do NOT provide support)
- High quality sound set recorded from a real P-38. (sound by David Copely!)
- Realistic night lighting, landing lights and custom effects.
- Flight dynamics tested and tuned by real pilots. The aircraft flies just like its real world counterpart! By Bernt Stolle!
Paint Kit and Manual available NOW!