Lockheed P-38 Lightening

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HistoryCentral.com >Aviation > WW II: American Aircraft >Lockheed P-38 Lightening

The History of Aviation


AMERICAN COMBAT

AIRCRAFT OF WORLD

WAR II

Lockheed P-38 Lightening

The P-38 was the most successful fighter of the war.A total of 9,923 were built. It was the first fighter with two engines,and it was the first US fighter to fly faster then 400 MPH. P-38 was also the first fighter to escort bombers over Berlin, and it downed more Japaneseplanes than any other fighter.


P-38 Lightning

Manufacturer: Lockheed

Engines: 2 1325 HP AV 1710

Speed: 395MPH

Length: 32.3ft

Range: 500mi

Wingspan: 52ft

Ceiling: 39,000ft

Weight: 18,000lbs

Armaments: 5 machine guns

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