Lefty Gardner, White Lightning

July 16, 2006 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

For those of you that read the blog, and don’t know me too well, I grew up in Reno and watched the air races there every September from the roof of our house.  About 4-5 years ago, I caught air race/show fever again after seeing the airshow in Springfield, Ill.  It’s that time of year again, and I’m finally learning some history and nostalgia to go along with the childhood memories.  Dayton air show is end of this month.  Indy air show is end of August.  So…I’m getting fired up about the shows.  And, yes, there will be lots of pictures to share.

Anyway, growing up, I recall watching this white P-38 fly the pylons in the Unlimited Class at the air races.  I never took the time to research the plane. Today, I had some time and did some searches on the net, and checked out the links at some air race sites.  Here’s a story that Lefty’s son, Ladd, shares.  Here is another story, with Lefty’s bio.


Entry filed under: Air Races, Airshows, aviation.

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  • 1. Searching, Searching, Searching » More on Lefty Gardner  |  August 22, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    […] The folks on the AAFO bulletin board have a lot to share.  He are some pictures of Lefty’s P-38 racing at Reno.  And here’s another with him racing against Skip Holm in “The Healer.”  There are some great shots of “The Healer” here.  I have some great memories of Lefty’s P-38 when I was a kid.  I always thought White Lightnin’ was a cool plane.  (Related post here)  […]


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