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.