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United States' Lockheed P-38D Lightning fighter

Design

The P-38D Lightning was the first production version.2

The Lockheed P-38D Lightning had self sealing fuel tanks2 and armor protection for the pilot.1

The tail system was modified for better control.2

Production

The P-38D was produced starting in July 1941.1

Specifications

  Lockheed P-38D Lightning1
Type Fighter1
Crew 11
Engine (Type) 2: Allison V-1710-27/291
Cylinders V 121
Cooling  
HP 1,150 each1
Propeller blades 3 each1
Dimensions  
Span 52'1
15.85 m1
Length 37' 10"1
11.53 m1
Height 9' 10"1
3 m1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 11,780 lb1
5,343 kg1
Loaded 15,500 lb1
7,031 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 20,000'
6,096 m
389 mph1
627 kph1
Cruising speed 300 mph1
482 kph1
Climb to 20,000' /
6,096 m
8 minutes1
Service ceiling 39,000'1
11,887 m1
Range 975 miles1
1,569 km1
Armament  
Nose 1: 30 mm1
4: 0.5" MG1

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
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