P-38 Lightning Scat III

Fagen’s P-38 is known as “Scat III”.  “Scat III” was built in 1945 but was never deployed during WWII.  The plane had several owners before being acquired by Ron and Diane Fagen in 2004.  In 2015, they named the plane the “Scat III” to honor Robin Olds who was one of the most successful fighter pilots in WWII.  Robin Olds attended West Point, became an All-American tackle and graduated in 1943. After pilot training, he went to England in May, 1944 as a P-38 pilot with the 434th Fighter Squadron and flew three missions over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Olds was a daring pilot and a natural leader. He quickly shot down five enemy fighters to become the 479th Fighter Group’s first ace and, at the young age of 22, was promoted to Major and became Squadron Commander. His unit converted to P-51s and he ended the war with 12 victories.

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