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    Unhappy Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    The January issue of Aeroplane says Lefty Gardner's White Lightnin has been sold to Red Bull Flyers. It says the P38 has been moved to Breckenridge to be rebuilt by Nelson Ezell.

    I'm glad to hear it's being rebuilt, but don't look forward to a Red Bull paint job. Just wouldn't be the same.

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    I don't think they could paint it anything else, even for sponsorship.
    Jarrod

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    I hope they have enough class to keep it White Lightnin'. I'm sad, and I sorry the Gardners had to give up on the project.
    I was fortunate to see her fly.

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    What a Public Realations Coup if RED BULL returned her to
    Reno as White Llightning with Lefty and Son haneling the
    PIC duties.
    THABNKS RED BULL FOR YOUR COMITTMENT TO OUR AIR
    RACE HERITAGE BY YOUR EFFORTS IN PUTTING THIS
    CLASSIC BACK IN THE AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    The January issue of Aeroplane says Lefty Gardner's White Lightnin has been sold to Red Bull Flyers. It says the P38 has been moved to Breckenridge to be rebuilt by Nelson Ezell.

    I'm glad to hear it's being rebuilt, but don't look forward to a Red Bull paint job. Just wouldn't be the same.
    Well, this is sad in one way and good in another. The chances that Ladd would have ever been able to pull off gathering the approx. cool million that he estimated it would cost to get the airplane flyable again were pretty slim. That, and anything they could get out of the airplane was pretty much all that was left of anything that might be considered "gravy" for his mom and dad from a lifetime of self-employment and no pension plan.

    When I spoke with Lefty briefly in 2003, the way he asked me if I thought the website could gather that kind of money and my answer that I had no idea, coupled with the "I thought so" look on his face, told me that it was probably only a matter of time before they just had to sell her.

    It truly is sad in that I would have loved for Ladd to do what he dreamed of doing with her, that being, following in his dad's footsteps. Ladd is a great guy, obviously cut from the right cloth, and a chip off his dad's shoulder... literally...

    If you haven't already, I'd strongly suggest reading the interview that I did with Ladd almost two years ago now..
    CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW

    It's really an up close, personal look at a unique man and his son along with a harrowing experience that nearly cost the son his life and the family their treasured airplane..

    I take NO credit for the content of the interview, I sat back and listened to Ladd recount the story several times before I finally managed to get a recorder on and tape it.

    If Ladd had been of the same generation as his dad, he'd have terrorized the guys on the other side during WWII, as did his beloved father, Marvin "Lefty" Gardner....

    Ladd, if you read this, I'm truly sorry that it did not work, I wish I could have done more for you... At least she'll see the air again and probably in pristine condition, hopefully, always as "White Lightnin"....

    I'm bummed and elated at the same time...

    I REALLY feel sorry for Ladd, I wish you could have heard the excitement in his voice every time he talked about the airplane, flying in it with his dad and, finally, flying it for himself..

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    well i prayed for white lightin to fly again... i guess i got what i prayed for....what i ment was white lightin and leftey....as a team again ...any one think the guy upstairs will take my retraction serioues?

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    i contacted red bull and asked a few questions...I'll probably get a standerd response.Some thing like thanks for writing red bull bla bla bla if not I'll let you guys know

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    Doesn't 'White Lightnin' give you wings too?

    Maybe a new Red Bull product?

    I sincerely hope that Red Bull understands and respects the history of that airplane. If were lucky they will restore it to the way that Lefty raced it and let Ladd fly it to airshows for all to see.

    Cheers,

    Rick
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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    i still want to see a return of sky ranger, lol

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    Default Re: Red Bull buys White Lightnin'

    My screensaver is a P-38 slideshow, and has a couple of White Lightnin' pics on it. Every time I walk past the computer room there seems to be a W.L. pic looking at me, and I keep apologizing to it. I feel bad that I didn't do more earlier.
    If Santa is listening, please tell the Red Bull people to treat this wonderful piece of history, and the Gardeners, with the respect they deserve.

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