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P-38’s in Chino at Planes of Fame – Honey Bunny, Glacier Girl, and three others…

P-38 Honey Bunny in Chino at Planes of Fame

Last week  5 of the 7 still flying P-38s flew from Chino to the Sacramento Capital airshow at Mather for the weekend show.   John Maloney flew chase in a P-51!

The fighters joined up over Lake Mathews for a photo shoot and then climbed up and headed north to Mather.  Along the way Hinton decided they would buzz Shafter where his son was preparing “Stega” for the Reno Races.  The WWII  fighters went screaming by the hangar all in a row at about 300 MPH!   The Air Museums P-38  23 Skidoo cracked a head so they followed her to descent at FAT and then pressed on.   At one point in the flight Maloney came from behind in the Mustang and dove down the right of the formation 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.  Sounds like fun!

Other P-38’s that made it to Mather included Ruff Stuff, Thoughts of Midnight, and Tangerine.

One thought on “P-38’s in Chino at Planes of Fame – Honey Bunny, Glacier Girl, and three others…

  1. Rick May

    Thanks for these photos. My father was a P38 pilot and squadron commander in the South pacific during WWII. I look forward anytime to seeing these great machines. I did not get to Chino this year.
    Thank you for publishing the pictures.
    Rick May

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