- P-38 Lightning, a twin-engine aircraft of that peculiar style catamaran, was a unique presence among the fighters of the United States during World War II. I have first flight XP-38 on January 27, 1939, during the takeoff climb, destroy the hinge of three places vibration is generated in the flap, dressed pratfall for inoperable flap during landing was turned away.
- Then, repeated several times to repair the flight of aircraft, has been improved a number of issues. On February 11, 1939, but have been made to record flight across the North American east coast from the west coast of the continent, will fail the landing approach to the Mitchell Field in New York, sister to pop wreck and the runway beneath.
- But, out of the maximum speed that the 676km / h tailwind when flying with this, okay, is that the pilot, the effect of this demonstration is successful in Lockheed 13 aircraft of the YP-38, to order shortly after the big accident was. Initially, the system of mass production is essential not in place, it was No. 1 first flight of the YP-38 was September 7, 1940.
- Then, gradually also appointed a mass production system, we have turned off the 37mm gun of the type E to type it in full-scale mass production, the basis of P-38 series 12.7mm machine gun and cannon after four 挺 20mmM1 are combined in the nose, are produced F, G, and H-type Subsequently, in the J-type are easier to identify and style are resolved by moving the intermediate cooler just behind the propeller under the engine nacelles, with a jaw shape the problem of engine cooling became.
- P-38J, the output of emergency (8077mm high) 1600hp is now possible with V-1710-89/91 same engine as the P-38H by the new cooling system. Also, since P-38J-25-type flap is adopted in order to eliminate the electric dive (which may occur as a result of vibration of the aircraft hit turbulence air flow) that affect the tail Buffett, you can use in the middle of the recovery of the dive, was to avoid exposure to this air flow to the tail of changing the direction of airflow from the wing.
- Other than the L-type landing light has become embedded in the left wing leading edge is the same as the structure of the aircraft type and later J-25, enhanced engine is retrofit to V-1710-111/113 the engine should be noted .
A name, length: crew "data" 11.53m, Width: 15.85m, height: 3.0m, combat weight: 7,940 kg, engine output: (right side) / 91 (left) Allison V1710-89 group 2: 1,600 hp ( ) / 8,230 m rated very, maximum speed: 666km/h/7, 620m, armed: × 20mmAN-M2 × 4 machine gun cannon 1,12.7 mm, first flight: 1939.1.27 (XP-38)
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