You are bidding on a VERY RARE and 100% original WW2 USAAF Lockheed P-38 “Lightning” Reserve Tank Fuel Gauge!
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II American piston-engined fighter aircraft. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Allied propaganda claimed it had been nicknamed the fork-tailed devil by the Luftwaffe and “two planes, one pilot” by the Japanese, The P-38 was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual pathfinding for bombers and evacuation missions and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.
The P-38 was unusually quiet for a fighter, the exhaust muffled by the turbo-superchargers. It was extremely forgiving and could be mishandled in many ways but the rate of roll in the early versions was too slow for it to excel as a dogfighter. The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to Victory over Japan Day. At the end of the war, orders for 1,887 more were cancelled.
Made of aluminum and steel, this Fuel Gauge is in SUPERB condition! Some slight marks and wear due to the age, but nothing that detracts. Retains MUCH of it’s original paint and finish, and is EASILY identifiable, due to it’s shape and structure. 100% identifiable, I have indicated it’s location in the last photos. A VERY NICE item that would be an EXCELLENT item for any collection, display, or restoration project!
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