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Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 1

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 1 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2005 Title Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 1
Author Krzysztof Janowicz & Adam Jarski Publisher AJ Press
Published 2001 ISBN 83-7237-082-6
Format 112 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.99


AJ Press has released part one of the P-38 Lightning's history. This title is published in Polish only though the photo captions are in Polish and English. Why would you want to buy a Polish aircraft reference? Read on!

How many times have you picked up one of the Koku Fan Famous Aircraft of the World monographs and found it useful for getting a glimpse at certain details for an upcoming project? Chances are that you don't read Japanese, yet these well-illustrated titles bring together some great information for the modeler. The historian gets left out of this unless they do read Japanese.

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 1

The author begins with the initial development of the P-38 and walks through the different models of the aircraft through the P-38M and the XP-58 Chain Lightning. As usual for these titles, the book is loaded with great B&W photographs, many of which I haven't seen in print previously.

The title concludes with seven pages of color photos from WW2, including the red 'Yippee' P-38L, plus ten pages of color profiles. Inserted into the title is a huge two-sided sheet of line drawings in 1/48 scale of the aircraft from the XP-38 through the P-38F.

This title is a must-have for all aviation historians and modelers alike. You can find this title and many of the other titles from AJ Press at the Air Connection website (

I purchased my copy from Air Connection.