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United States' Lockheed P-38F Lightning fighter

Design

The Lockheed P-38F Lightning had more powerful engines and could carry ordnance or drop tanks in pylons under the wings which were strenghthened.1,2

The cockpit was rear hinged and opened upwards.1

Production

150 of the airframes intended for the Lighting I were upgraded to be P-38Fs.1

Variants

  • Lockheed P-38F:
  • Lockheed P-38F-1:
  • Lockheed P-38F-5:
  • Lockheed P-38F-10:
  • Lockheed P-38F-15: Maneuverability was enhanced by a combat flap setting.1
  • Manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Company2

Usage

The P-38F was used in all theaters.1,2

Specifications

  Lockheed P-38F Lightning1,2
Type Fighter2, Fighter bomber1
Crew 11,2
Engine (Type) 2: Allison V-1710-492
2: Allison V-1710-49/531
Cylinders V 121,2
Cooling Liquid2
HP 1,325 each1,2
Propeller blades 3 each1
Dimensions  
Span 52'1,2
15.85 m1
Length 37' 10"1,2
11.53 m1
Height 9' 10"1,2
3 m1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 12,265 lb1
5,563 kg1
Loaded 15,800 lb1
7,167 kg1
Maximum load 18,000 lb1,2
8,165 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 5,000' /
1,524 m
346 mph1
558 kph1
Speed @ 25,000'
7,620 m
395 mph1,2
635 kph1
Cruising speed 305 mph1
491 kph1
Climb 2,900'/minute1
884 m/minute1
Climb to 20,000' /
6,096 m
8.8 minutes1
Service ceiling 39,000'1,2
11,887 m1
Range 450 miles2, 700 miles1
1,126 km1
Range with drop tanks 1,425 miles1
2,293 km1
Armament 1: 20 mm2
4: MG2
Nose 1: 20 mm1
4: 0.5" MG1
Bombs - under wings 2,000 lb1
907 kg1

Sources:

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