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P-38 Lightning Gallery


The sign accompanying the P-38. It reads

Lockheed P-38J Lightning

In the P-38, Lockheed engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson and his team of designers created one of the most successful twin-engine fighters ever flown by any nation. From 1942 to 1945, U.S. Army Air Forces pilots flew P-38s over Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific, and from the frozen Aleutian Islands to the sun-baked deserts of North Africa. Lightning pilots in the Pacific theater downed more Japanese aircraft than pilots flying any other Allied warplane.

Maj. Richard I. Bong, America's leading fighting ace, flew this P-38J-10-LO on April 16, 1945, at Wright Field, Ohio, to evaluate an experimental method of interconnecting the movement of the throttle and propeller control levers. His right engine exploded in flight before he could conduct the experiment.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Wingspan: 15.8 m (52 ft)
Length: 11.7 m (37 ft 10 in)
Height: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)
Weight, empty: 6,345 kg (14,100 lb)
Weight, gross: 7,965 kg (17,699 lb)
Top speed: 674 km/h (419 mph)
Engines: Allison V-1710-89 and 91, liquid-cooled in-line, 1,425 hp
Armament: 20 mm Hispano AN-M2C cannon, four .50 caliber Browning machine guns
Ordnance: 1,814-kg (4,000-lb) bomb load or two 3-tube 4.5-in rockets
Manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Corp, Burbank, Calif., 1943

P-38 Lightning at Udvar-Hazy Center
Time picture taken Sun Jun 19 11:05:56 2011
Location picture taken Ground Level
Boeing Aviation Hangar
Udvar Hazy Center
Chantilly, VA
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