P-38K Lightning

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General Info

The P-38K Lightning in the Garage.

The P-38K Lightning is a gift Rank IV American heavy fighter with a battle rating of 5.3. It was introduced during Update 1.53 "Firestorm" when it became available as part of a Christmas Sale Bundle in 2015. then again in the 2017 Summer Sale in the "Daredevil" bundle.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

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General play style

Vehicle characteristics

The P-38K is a sleekly designed, duo engine monoplane by Lockheed Martin. This plane has a max speed of 491 Mph (790 km/h). The array of weaponry, it has installed is: one AN/M2 20mm cannon with four 12.7mm browning machine guns. Combined with it's fast max speed, it can conquer and dominate the sky.

Tactics

The main and only tactic of the P-38K is, solely an air superiority and it excels at that. It can not be equipped with bombs or rockets.

When playing the P-38K 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.

This plane, does not carry any bombs or rockets. So using this in a ground strike role is not recommended.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-Tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Excellent speed .
  • Excellent acceleration.
  • Excellent climb rate, one of the fastest in the game.
  • Very powerful armament, great for bomber hunting.
  • Armament being positioned in the nose allows it to have great and fearsome head-on capability.
  • Good roll and turn time (You can actually out turn even Yak's and Spitfires with the landing flaps! Though use them on and off).
  • Good overall visibility in simulator matches.
  • Acceleration is a great deference when escaping and/or evading enemy aircraft.
  • Excellent Sliver Lion and Research Point earner.
  • Best Boom-and-Zoom P-38 in game.
  • Great air superiority aircraft.

Cons

  • Wing fuel tanks, easily catches on fire when shot.
  • Unable to dive to put wing fires out without breaking wings.
  • Easy to rip wings in dives, no air/drive brakes installed.
  • Easy to black out if crew vitality is low I.e. G-force and stamina are low.
  • Single armament preset: No external bombs or rockets.
  • When throttling up very fast to WEP, it can cause plane spin/unstable due to the engine torque.
  • Low cannon ammunition amount, compared to other planes in the rank.

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)

Engine & mobility

Arcade Realistic Simulator

Arcade Realistic Simulator

Arcade Realistic Simulator


Engine

Name: Allison V-1710-75 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1216 hp (Stock), 1711 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1645 hp (Stock), 2141 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-75 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1200 hp (Stock), 1425 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1629 hp (Stock), 1854 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-75 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1200 hp (Stock), 1425 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1629 hp (Stock), 1854 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: km/h
    • at height: 6,401 m
  • Max altitude: 13,411 m
  • Turn Time: s
  • Rate of Climb: m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 761 km/h
    • at height: 6,401 m
  • Max altitude: 13,411 m
  • Turn Time: 19.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 36.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 673 km/h
    • at height: 6,401 m
  • Max altitude: 13,411 m
  • Turn Time: 22.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 724 km/h
    • at height: 6,401 m
  • Max altitude: 13,411 m
  • Turn Time: 20.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 24.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 673 km/h
    • at height: 6,401 m
  • Max altitude: 13,411 m
  • Turn Time: 22.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 724 km/h
    • at height: 6,401 m
  • Max altitude: 13,411 m
  • Turn Time: 20.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 24.0 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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0.76
1.52
2.28
3.04
3.8
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

As a premium vehicle, all modifications are unlocked from purchase.

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.

Survivors

No Survivors exists.

Ingame description

Screenshots and fan art

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

Additional information (links)

Obtainable events

It was available as part of a Christmas Sale Bundle in 2015. then again in the 2017 Summer Sale in the "Daredevil" bundle.

References


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

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~6510 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~7724 kg
Takeoff Weight ~8500 kg
Wing Area ~30 m²
# Flap Positions 3 (Takeoff/Landing/Combat)
Number of Engines 2
Airbrakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1425 hp
WEP Duration 20.03 minutes
top speed ~724.00 kph at 6401 m
Climb Rate ~24.00 m/s
Turn Time ~20.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~214.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~14352 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~17028 lb
Takeoff Weight ~18739 lb
Wing Area ~327 ft²
# Flap Positions 3 (Takeoff/Landing/Combat)
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1425 hp
WEP Duration 20.03 minutes
Top speed ~449.87 mph at 21001 m
Climb Rate 78.74 ft/s
Turn Time 20.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~43.83 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x 20 mm AN/M2 150 rpg
4 x 12.7 mm 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
8500 m
27887 ft
100% Enginepower 2600 hp
WEP Enginepower 3380 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)