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P-38 Lightning Specifications

 
P-38 Lightning during layover at Bassingbourn, England, home of the 91st Bomb Group. (Jack Gaffney photo)
p-38 in bassingbourn.
P-38s are featured in the Profiles and Pilots studies for "Elaine III".
 
  • P-38 - Single seat long-range fighter
  • First flight - January 27, 1939
  • Total production - 19,077
  • Powerplant - Dual turbocharged 1,225-horsepower
    12-cylinder, V-1710 Allison
    liquid cooled piston engines
  • Climb rate to 5,000 feet in two minutes
  • Armament - four .50-caliber machine guns
  • One 20 mm cannon
  • 200-pound bomb load, and ten 5-inch rockets
  • Wingspan - 52ft. (15.8 m)
  • Length - 37 ft., 10 in. (11.5 m)
  • Height - 9 ft., 10in. (3 m)
  • Wing area - 327 sq. ft. (30.1 m2)
  • Weight - 12,800 lb. empty
  • Maximum speed - 414 mph at 25,000 ft.
  • Maximum takeoff weight – 21,600 lb.
  • Ceiling - 44,000 ft.
  • Range - 2,260 miles with external tanks
 
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