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P-38 LIGHTNING 42-12847

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Please Note:   Due to limited quantities P-38 Lightning PlaneTags are restricted to one variant per customer for the first 24 hours.

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is an iconic World War II aircraft, a symbol of aviation excellence and ingenuity, renowned for its exceptional speed, maneuverability, and distinct twin-boom design. MotoArt had the rare opportunity to tag a P-38, one that had been forgotten for decades but is now being restored. This is Dumbo, 42-12847, and here is its story. 

Discover more on our blog B-38 Lightning: The Legacy of Lockheed's Lightning   


OUR PLANE'S STORY

42-12847 rolled out of Lockheed’s Burbank, California, plant in 1942 and was shipped to the South West Pacific Area to be reassembled and join the fight. Upon arrival, it was assigned to the US Army Air Force’s 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron - Cobra in the Clouds. Christened Dumbo by its pilot First Lt John C. Dunbar, who also painted its nose art, it was assigned number 37 and flew combat missions over New Guinea - a strategic island for both the Allies and Japanese forces. On September 2, 1943, Dumbo force landed at Terapo Airfield. Pilot Lt. Hamilton Laing was unhurt, but Dumbo remained where it landed for decades.

In 1980, part of Dumbo’s hulk was recovered and has since been added to 42-12647, A P-38F “Dottie from Brooklyn,” which is currently undergoing restoration. In 2002, the remainder of 42-12847 was salvaged and is also currently undergoing restoration.

Through our shared effort to celebrate and preserve aviation history, Pima Air & Space Museum and MotoArt have worked together to use the original skin material removed during the restoration process, to create a tangible piece of history you can hold, collect and treasure. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these P-38 PlaneTags will directly benefit Pima so they can continue their mission to preserve historic aircraft and warbirds.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning PlaneTags tell the amazing story of Dumbo, and of the ingenuity and spirit of the engineers and pilots alike. Add one of our special, limited edition PlaneTags to your collection today.


P-38 LIGHTNING-# 42-12847

             

Characteristics:

  • Manufacturer: Lockheed
  • Serial # : 42-12847
  • Crew: 1
  • Wing Span: 52 ft 0 in
  • Length: 37 ft 10 in
  • Height: 9 ft 10 in
  • Armament: 1x 20mm Hispano M1 Cannon, 4x .50 Bmg Colt-Browning Mg 53-2 Machine Guns, And Various Bomb/Rocket Loads

Performance:

  • Range:391 Nm Combat Range 
  • Cruise Speed: 336 kts
  • Ceiling: 39,000 ft
  • Empty weight:12,200 lb
  • Max Takeoff:19,800 lb
  • Rate of Climb: 2,700 ft / min
  • Engine: 2x Allison V-1710-51 Piston Engines

DISCLAIMER

LOCKHEED MARTIN®, LOCKHEED®, associated emblems and logos, and body designs of vehicles are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lockheed Martin Corporation in the USA and/ or other jurisdictions, used under license by MotoArt PlaneTags LLC.

Perfect Aviation Gift

PlaneTags are: 

      • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
      • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
      • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
      • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

 

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    02/29/2024
    Darius
    United States United States

    Lightning has struck

    Lucky to secure this Lightning tag. The tag itself has so much character - makes me really wonder about the places this amazing fighter has been. If only the tag could talk!

    SJ
    02/28/2024
    Sam J.
    United States United States

    All I Can Say Is WOW!!!

    I never imagined Planetags would offer a plane as cool as the P-38. I'm not sure where you guys scraped this plane up, but THANK YOU!!! This is my all time favorite WWII airplane. It's such a sleek and powerful aircraft. I'm so proud to have been able to buy this tag, and display it with my collection!

    AE
    02/26/2024
    Anthony E.
    United States United States

    The Fork Tailed Devil

    Was lucky to get two of the three tags of this fantastic WWII fighter that saw plenty of success in both theaters of the war. The color on both tags are fantastic and it’s great to hold a piece of a legendary aircraft!!!

    JP
    02/26/2024
    Joshua P.
    United States United States

    Great!

    These are some of the best fighter tags to exist. The engraving is unique, the patina on these is an instant classic and the rich history of the P-38 makes them amazing!

    EP
    02/26/2024
    Enrique P.
    El Salvador El Salvador

    Stunning tag

    Ordered a 1-2 rivets variant and it is a fascinating tag. Great release of a historic aircraft

    LW
    02/18/2024
    Logan W.
    United States United States

    The Lightning!

    Love this release! Such an iconic aircraft to be able to own a piece of! Absolutely thrilled with release!

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    MG
    02/08/2024
    Mike G.
    United States United States

    Crazy Cool!

    While cleaning out my parent's home recently, came across the P-38 model I built as a 12 year old. Though in pieces, most of it is still there. In two weeks I'll be bringing it back to the coast where I live to rebuild it in order to display with three of my favorite tags. This was an incredible release...still get goose bumps holding these tags in hand. Thanks for another amazing historic tag!

    M
    02/08/2024
    Mikel
    United States United States

    My favorite!

    By my count, I've purchased 24 PlaneTags: 5 Commercial, 1 General, and 18 Vintage. They're all great. But the P-38G tag is clearly my favorite. The P-38 has always been my favorite Warbird, so when I that a limited number of P-38G tags would be available, I set a reminder in my calendar. When the P-38 tags went on sale I completed my order within seconds. What a thrill when the tag arrived in the mail! It is displayed next to my 1/48 scale diecast model of MacDonald's P-38 "Putt Putt Maru". The two together are the highlight of my collection.

    M
    02/08/2024
    Matt
    United States United States

    Great tag and history

    Incredible piece of history from one of the most iconic WW2 aircraft, love it!

    AP
    02/06/2024
    Alex P.
    United States United States

    My All-Time Favorite Warbird!

    When I was a kid, my parents gave me a couple model planes to build and one of the first I put together was a 1:48 scale P-38J. Since then, I've been in love with WWII warbirds and the P-38 has always been at the top of my list. I about leapt out of my chair at work when I got the email announcing this as the next tag! I even scared a coworker making them jump! This tag is the absolute crown jewel of my collection and has a very special spot to display it next to all my other P-38 models and pictures. The only other tag that comes close to this in my book, is the SR-71, but I think the Lightning is way cooler! I'm so glad I got one when I could. The only thing that would have made it better, is if the number was my b-day!

    M
    02/06/2024
    Mikel
    United States United States

    My favorite PlaneTag

    By my count, I've purchased 24 PlaneTags: 5 Commercial, 1 General, and 18 Vintage. They're all great. But the P-38G tag is clearly my favorite. The P-38 has always been my favorite Warbird, so when I received advanced notice that a limited number of P-38G tags would be available, I set a reminder in my calendar. When the appointed time came, I was waiting on the PlaneTags web site, refreshing my browser every 5 seconds. When the P-38 tags went on sale I completed my order within 30 seconds. What a thrill when the tag arrived in the mail! It is displayed next to my 1/48 scale diecast model of P-38 "Putt Putt Maru". The two together are the highlight of my collection.

    SJ
    06/16/2023
    Sam J.
    United States United States

    EPIC TAG!!!

    Never thought I’d be able to own a piece of a P-38 Lightning!!! My 1-2 Rivet tag had so much character!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!!

    A
    06/05/2023
    Alberto
    Germany Germany

    P-38 LIGHTNING

    A really great looking Planetag honoring a truly Badass aircraft. One of the best ever!

    A
    06/05/2023
    Alberto
    Germany Germany

    P-38 LIGHTNING

    Absolutely Amazing! Great to hold a piece of aviation history and glad to have gotten one of these.

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