P-38E Lightning

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General info

P-38E Lightning in the Garage.

The P-38E Lightning is a Rank II American heavy fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The P-38E is the first of the P-38 vehicles available in game, and is all round a very good plane. It gets an Interceptor airspawn on most maps, which allows the P-38 to very often find itself above or at an equal altitude to it's opponents. The main strength of the P-38E is it's speed and energy retention, so it should be used accordingly - play it as an energy fighter or Boom 'n' Zoomer. The P-38E is also surprisingly maneuverable for such a large plane - while it can't outmaneuver single-engine fighters, it can put up a good fight.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Nose-mounted armaments gives great long-range accuracy, no need to worry about convergence.
  • Fast.
  • Great at head-ons.

Cons:

  • Very large airframe is easy to hit, and burns quite easily.

Specifications

Armaments

  • 1 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannon, nose-mounted (150 rpg)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 2000 total)

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Allison V-1710-27 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 959 hp (Stock), 1166 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1085 hp (Stock), 1292 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-27 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 948 hp (Stock), 1050 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1074 hp (Stock), 1176 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-27 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 948 hp (Stock), 1050 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1074 hp (Stock), 1176 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 606 km/h
    • at height: 7,012 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 24.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 380 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 665 km/h
    • at height: 7,012 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 21.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 20.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 380 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 594 km/h
    • at height: 7,012 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 25.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 380 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 635 km/h
    • at height: 7,012 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 380 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 594 km/h
    • at height: 7,012 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 25.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 380 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 635 km/h
    • at height: 7,012 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 380 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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0.48
0.96
1.44
1.92
2.4
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png P-38E Lightning
Nation USA
Manufacture Lockheed
Design Family XP-38G Lightning (U.S.)
P-38G-1 Lightning (U.S.)
P-38J-15 Lightning (U.S.)
P-38L-5-LO Lightning (U.S.)
P-38K Lightning (U.S.)
Type Interceptor/Heavy Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~5920 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~6740 kg
Takeoff Weight ~7900 kg
Wing Area ~30 m²
# Flap Positions 3 (Takeoff/Landing/Combat)
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1050 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~635.40 kph at 7012 m
Climb Rate ~13.50 m/s
Turn Time ~23.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~195.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~13051 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~14859 lb
Takeoff Weight ~17416 lb
Wing Area ~327 ft²
# Flap Positions 3 (Takeoff/Landing/Combat)
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1050 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~394.82 mph at 23005 m
Climb Rate 44.29 ft/s
Turn Time 23.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~39.94 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x AN/M2 150 rpg
4 x M2/early Browning 500 rpg
Limits
Max Speed limit 790 kph
Gear lmit 289 kph
Combat Flaps 534 kph
Max static +G's ~9
Max static -G's ~5
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <321 kph
Rudder <460 kph
Elevators <500 kph
Radiator >240 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 491 mph
Gear lmit 180 mph
Combat Flaps 332 mph
Max static +G's ~9
Max static -G's ~5
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <199 mph
Rudder <286 mph
Elevators <311 mph
Radiator >149 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
6800 m
22310 ft
100% Enginepower 2100 hp
WEP Enginepower 2352 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)