Richard Bong's P-38J-15 Lightning

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General info

Richard Bong's P-38J-15 Lightning is a Rank IV American fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB) and 4.3 (RB/SB). It was available in Update 1.57 "Battle March" to be obtained during the 2016 "Chronicles of World War II" after completing 22 "Aircraft Tasks". The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of American pilot Richard Bong of the US Army Air Forces, who is the highest-scoring American pilot ace with 40 kill credits in a P-38.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

The P-38J is a sleekly designed, duo engine monoplane by Lockheed Martin. This plane has a top speed of 431 Mph (694 km/hr) with an airspeed warning at 460 Mph (740 Km/hr). The array of weaponry, it has installed is: one AN/M2 20mm cannon with four 12.7mm browning machine guns. Further-expanding the role, with upgrades, it can be equipped with either: bazooka's or bombs to further allow it to conquer and dominate the battlefield, weather that be air or ground.

Tactics

When playing the P-38J climb to a high altitude, search for the enemy, locate the enemy you feel confident in engaging. Once these steps have been, ticked-off the check-list. Assuming you are above the enemy target: Put the plane into a gradual descent, which gives you and allows you to maintain the speed advantage. As you are descending; make small corrections on your path, so you don't give the element surprise away by overshooting the enemy. Now you are about one to two seconds away, from your target. Line your sights up, with your sights on the tail and fire a bust with your cannon and machine guns. You have now shot down your target. Why keeping the momentum, climb back up to the height you where before and repeat for the best results.

Ground Battles
Using this plane in ground battles, is very effective once you have unlocked the appropriate modules. FMBC Mk.1 allows you to equip two 500 Ibs bombs, these are mounted under the wings. To help get the bombs on target, use the machine guns to help predict where the bomb will fall. To do this, put the plane into a steep dive. As you near the ground and start getting closer, fire the machine guns. Using a short bust, if the bust hits the area or target you are aiming for; drop the bombs then pull up.

They are great for destroying, tanks, bunkers and ships. M10 Bazooka module allows you to equip your P-38J with two bazooka's each bazooka has three rockets in total you get six rockets. These are attached to the lower nose panel, and are very accurate. These are ideal for destroying tanks and bunkers.

Once the ground unit's have been destroyed, you can use this to plane dominate the air and keep the enemy bomber and fighters away. This will help you secure that much wanted victory!

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Excellent speed
  • Excellent acculturation.
  • Excellent climb rate.
  • Very powerful Armament, great for bomber hunting.
  • Armament being positioned in the nose, allows it to have great and fearsome head on capability.
  • Multiple armament presets: Gives it a wider role it can have external Bombs or Rockets mounted.
  • Good roll and turn time.
  • Good overall visibility in simulator matches.
  • Great Air superiority aircraft.
  • Great research and sliver lion rewards

Cons

  • Wing fuel tanks, prone to fuel tank fires when shot.
  • Unable to dive to put wing fires out, without breaking wings.
  • Easy to rip wings in dives, no air/drive breaks as installed on P-38L.
  • Easy to black out if crew vitality is low I.e. G-force and stamina are low.
  • Low cannon ammunition amount, compared to other planes in the tier.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive 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 = 2,000 total)

Payloads

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Allison V-1710-91 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1292 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1463 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-91 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1278 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1449 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-91 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1278 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1449 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 661 km/h
    • at height: 7,921 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 22.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,921 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 651 km/h
    • at height: 7,921 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,921 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 651 km/h
    • at height: 7,921 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,921 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 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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0.64
1.28
1.92
2.56
3.2
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP


Modules and improvements

Since this plane has premium rewards, all modules are unlocked from unlocking it.

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The concept of the plane was made in February 1937 when the US Army Air Corps made a requirement for a plane that had twin-engine and can act as an high-altitude interceptor that can hold a large amount of armament and ammunition. The term "interceptor" was used for the aircraft by the requirement authors, 1st Lt Benjamin S. Kelsey and Gordon P. Saville, to bypass the Air Corps' strict requirements on aircraft designs at the time. The specifications laid by this new requirements also called for a maximum speed of 360 mph (580 km/h) and able to climb to 20,000 ft altitude in six minutes, making it the most tough specifications at the time. Design proposals were made for the specifications, one of which would become the Bell P-39 Airacobra, but it was the Lockheed design team headed by Hall Hibbard and Clarence "Kelly" Johnson that made the final product. They made many designs with a twin-engine configuration. The prototypes made for the design used a twin-boom design to hold all the components of the aircraft. Various armaments were tested on the aircraft, from different machine gun combinations and auto cannons. It was finally settled to four M2 .50 cal machine guns and one Hispano 20 mm auto cannon. The aircraft armament configurations, all at the nose of the aircraft, was very unusual for an American aircraft design, as most of their designs and those of their foreign contemporaries had the armament mounted on the wings angled forward. Because of this mounting, the aircraft is able to fire at a longer distance accurately than wing-mounts.

Combat Usage

The P-38 performed very well in the Pacific and European theater's during World War II. They where used in roles such as: Bombers Escorts, Escort V.I.P's, Performing reconnaissance over enemy locations, Combat Air Patrols, Ground Attack, Search and Rescue and other important and critical roles.

Survivors

Unfortunately it is estimated that only five P-38J's survive to this day. Only two of them are still airworthy.

Screenshots and fan art

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

Additional information (links)

Download and or upload Skins and camouflages for the P-38J-15 from live.warthunder.com.

References


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Icon-country-usa.png Richard Bong's P-38J-15
Nation USA
Type Heavy Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Ground Attack
Close Air Support
Strike Fighter
Tremendous Firepower

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~6480 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~7594 kg
Takeoff Weight ~8500 kg
Wing Area ~30 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1415 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~693.00 kph at 7921 m
Climb Rate ~19.60 m/s
Turn Time ~21.50 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~213.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~14286 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~16742 lb
Takeoff Weight ~18739 lb
Wing Area ~327 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1415 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~430.61 mph at 25988 m
Climb Rate 64.30 ft/s
Turn Time 21.50 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~43.63 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x AN/M2 150 rpg
4 x M2/early Browning 500 rpg
Payload Option 1
Without load Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
2 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 3
6 x 🚀 114mm, 17.2kg M8 rocket
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
7500 m
24606 ft
100% Enginepower 2540 hp
WEP Enginepower 2845 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)