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Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Photograph Courtesy of the US Air Force

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

  • Nation: United States
  • Type: Fighter
  • Wartime Service Dates: 1941-1945
  • Range: 1,300 miles
  • Maximum Airspeed: 443 mph
  • Crew: 1
  • Armament: 1 x Hispano M2(C) 20 mm cannon, 4 x Colt-Browning MG53-2 0.50 in. machine guns, 10 x 5 in. High Velocity Aircraft Rocket OR 4 x M10 three-tube 4.5 in or up to 4,000 lbs. in bombs
  • Power plant: 2 x Allison V-1710-111/113 liquid-cooled turbo-supercharged V-12, 1,725 hp
  • Notes: Though used in all theaters, the P-38 thrived in the Pacific where its long range was a vital asset. During the war, it downed more Japanese aircraft than any other USAAF fighter.

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