While it is awesome to view a P-38 Lightning in flight, and imagine the view of a 35th PRS F-5E being put through its paces – after all, an F-5E was made from a P-38J! It is also of interest to have a view of what goes on in the cockpit as this Lockheed thoroughbred “runs” in the skies.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning fighter plane of the Planes of Fame Museum, Chino, CA, in the markings of WWII ace pilot Capt. Perry J. Dahl.  (Courtesy Planes of Fame)

Lockheed P-38J Lightning fighter plane of the Planes of Fame Museum, Chino, CA, in the markings of WWII ace pilot Capt. Perry J. Dahl. (Courtesy Planes of Fame)

Witness the cockpit views interspersed with external views of the P-38J “23 Skidoo” taken at the Planes of Fame 2015 Air Show in Chino, California. The aircraft is painted up in the markings of the aircraft flown by 475th Fighter Group/432nd Fighter Squadron ace pilot Captain Perry J. Dahl, who flew in the Southwest Pacific from New Guinea westward to the Philippines and is credited with nine aerial victories.

World War II picture of Capt. P.J. Dahl with his P-38J Lightning "23 Skidoo."  (Courtesy 475FG Historical Assn.)

World War II picture of Capt. P.J. Dahl with his P-38J Lightning “23 Skidoo.” (Courtesy 475FG Historical Assn.)

Expert pilot Chris Fahey flew the Planes of Fame P-38J at the 2015 show which resulted in this incredible recording lasting three minutes and 45 seconds:

An Epic Ride: Fantastic P-38 Lightning Interior/Exterior Footage
http://worldwarwings.com/an-epic-ride-fantastic-p-38-lightning-interiorexterior-footage

It’s important in looking at historical events to consider perspectives on what happened from an objective and/or an outside point of view. But it is also useful and recommended to make an effort to understand what is going on inside with the participants involved and their points of view.

Hopefully this web log is building useful perspectives in the examination of the World War II history of the 35th Photo Recon Squadron.
References

Lockheed P-38J Lightning info sheet, Planes of Fame webpage, at: http://planesoffame.org/index.php?mact=staircraft,cntnt01,default,0&cntnt01what=stplanes&cntnt01alias=P-38J&cntnt01returnid=128

Col. Perry J. “PJ” Dahl , biography on 475th Fighter Group Historical Association website, at: http://www.475th.org/aces/perry-j-dahl

Perry J. Dahl, Veteran Tributes page, at: http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=653

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