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LOCKHEED  P-38L  Lightning

 
The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat
 
 
  See also : AAC Data Sheet
 
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Introduction
   
This famous WW2 fighters saw little use post war, with the US Air Force scrapping the type and only exporting a few to :

P38L Italy received about 50 airframes in a mix of P-38J, P-38L and F-5F/G photo reconnaissance aircrafts

P38? Portugal had interned two airframes during the war and flew them after 1945 - AAC will provide a little more

P38L Honduras received a dozen airframes received in 1947

P38L Cuba operated a handful of Lightnings after the war

This doesn't amount to much but still, it's enough to make the type available in AAC for WW2 vintage aircrafts lovers.   In the context of AAC, only the P-38L will thus referred to, excluding the two-seat radar equipped P-38M.   Incidentally, it's the P-38L which brings in the specifications for the V1710 engine which will thus apply to any other types historically equipped with the same engine (P-39L Airacobra, P40M Warhawk, P63E Kingcobra, ...).

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Specifications

Data Summary P-38E P-38F P-38G P-38H P-38J P-38K P-38L P-38L
Manufactured 210 527 708 601 2970 1.! 3923  
Length 11.53m 37'10" 37'10" 37'10" 37'10" 37'10" 37'10" 37'10"
Span 15.86m 52'00" 52'00" 52'00" 52'00" 52'00" 52'00" 52'00"
Height 3.90m 09'10" 09'10" 09'10" 09'10" 09'10" 09'10" 09'10"
Weight:empty 11,880 lbs 12,264 lbs 12,200 lbs 12,380.lb 12,780 lbs 12,780 lbs 14,100.lbs 14,100.lbs
Weight:loaded 14,424 lbs 15,900 lbs 15,800 lbs 19,500.lb 17,500 lbs 17,500 lbs 17,500 lbs 17,500 lbs
Weight:MTOW 15,500 lbs 19,900 lbs 19,800 lbs 20,300 lbs 21,600 lbs 21,600 lbs   21,600 lbs
Engine V1710.27 V1710.49 V1710.51 V1710.89 V1710.89 V1710.75 V1710.111 V1710.111
Power:military 1225.hp 1325.hp 1325.hp 1425.hp 1425.hp 1425.hp 1475.hp 1475.hp
Power:extra (27,000.ft) - -   - 1600.hp 1875.hp 1600.hp 1800.hp
Speed@_5000.ft - 300.kn 300.kn - 320.kn - 315.kn -
Speed@10000.ft - 305.kn 315.kn - - -   -
Speed@15000.ft - - - - 340.kn - 340.kn -
Speed@25000.ft 345.kn 345.kn 350.kn 350.kn 365.kn - 360.kn 360.kn
Speed@30000.ft - - - - - 375.kn - -
Climb.rate - 2850.ft/min 2850.ft/min - 2850.ft/min 4800.ft/min - 2850.ft/min
Time.to._5000.ft - -   - 2min - - -
Time.to.10000.ft - 4min 4min - - - - -
Time.to.15000.ft - -   - 5min - - -
Time.to.20000.ft 8min 9min 9min 7min 7min 5min 7min 8min
Ceiling 39000.ft 39000.ft 39000.ft 40000.ft 44000.ft 48000.ft 40000.ft 44000.ft
Fuel:internal 306.US gal 306.US gal 306.US gal 306.US gal 416.US gal 416.US gal 416.US gal 416.US gal
Fuel:ext/std // 2165.US.gal 2165.US.gal 2165.US.gal 2165.US.gal 2165.US.gal 2165.US.gal 2165.US.gal
Fuel:ext/ferry // 2300.US.gal 2300.US.gal 2300.US.gal 2300.US.gal 2300.US.gal 2300.US.gal 2300.US.gal
Radar // // // // // // // //
Gun:M1/20mm 1150 rpg 1150 rpg 1150 rpg // // // // //
Gun:M2/20mm // // // 1150 rpg 1150 rpg 1150 rpg 1150 rpg 1150 rpg
Gun:ANM2/.50cal 4500 rpg 4500 rpg 4500 rpg 4500 rpg 4500 rpg 4500 rpg 4500 rpg 4500 rpg
Pylon:fuselage // 21,600.lb 21,600.lb 21,600.lb 21,600.lb 21,600.lb 22,000.lb 22,000.lb
HVAR:fuselage // ??5".HVAR // // // // // //
HVAR:wings // // // // // // 105"HVAR 105"HVAR
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