Grand Canyon Lightning

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Two Lockheed P-38 Lightnings outrun a summer thunderstorm as they fly below the weather and over the majestic landscape of the Grand Canyon.

The P-38 was manufactured by Lockheed aircraft company in Burbank, California during World War II. The airplane flew with Army Air Corps units in both the Pacific and European theaters. These particular Lightnings are on a ferry flight to the US East Coast to then be shipped by sea to fight against Nazi Germany. The lead airplane in the painting is P-38-L serial number 44-24630 and would serve with the 367th Fighter Group in France in 1944. The airplane became the personal mount of the units commanding officer, Colonel (Later General) Edwin S. Chickering.

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Solitude Over the Grandure

A lone P-51 Mustang makes a solitary cross-country flight above the mighty and expansive Grand Canyon. At the end of WWII, hundreds of Mustangs, along with numerous other types of war surplus aircraft, made similar flights. These flights took the once noble and gallant war machines to the aircraft graveyards of the southwestern United States. Once there, these airplanes that led the allies to victory became material for the welders cutting torch. Who knows how many a pilot shed a bittersweet tear as he flew his beloved aircraft over the wondrous beauty of the Grand Canyon on its last flight.


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Solitude Over the Grandure

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