P-38L-5-LO Lightning

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P-38L-5-LO Lightning in the Garage.

The P-38L-5-LO Lightning is a Rank IV American heavy fighter aircraft with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB) and 4.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".


The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

Arcade Realistic Simulator

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General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-Tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Accurate nose gun package of 4 x 12.7mm Browning MG's and 1 x 20mm AN/M2 cannon.
  • Dive flaps to solve the P-38's high speed dive recovery problem.
  • Hydraulically boosted ailerons result in a higher roll rate.
  • Twin engines mean you can continue flying if one is damaged.
  • Good all around cockpit visibly.
  • When spaded can out maneuver even Yak's and Spitfires.
  • Good energy retention.
  • Well armored for a head on, although caution is still needed.
  • Being a heavy fighter it can choose to spawn in attackers' spawn point in AB. In RB it spawns in the airfield.
  • Works well with MEC.
  • Can carry bombs.
  • Good high altitude performance.
  • Adequate ammo for 20mm cannons.
  • Very responsive controls even at lower speeds.
  • One of the few fighters with air brakes.

Cons:

  • High tendency to catch fire due to easy to hit fuel tanks inside wings.
  • Tendency to lock up at high speeds (700km/h+).
  • Very poor turn rate.
  • Is not very durable.
  • Nose mounted armament, precision is required.
  • .50 cal MGs are the early version with no all tracer belts.
  • Larger than any fighter due to having two engines.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 1 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannon, nose-mounted (150 rpg)

AN_M2_belt

AN_M2_belt

AN/M2

Pros

  • Quite decent stopping power against aircraft. Especially if loaded with stealth, or even the default belt.
  • Pretty great shell velocity.

Cons

  • Has a tendency to "shotgun", especially at ranges of above 500 meters.
  • Can jam very quickly with a stock gun modification, and with modification, it's still pretty easy to jam.


  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 2,000 total)

M2_Early

M2_Early

M2/early Browning USA

Pros

  • More powerful than the .30cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30cals.
  • Accurate.

Cons

  • Weaker than cannons
  • Like the .30cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.



Payloads

  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Allison V-1710-111 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1302 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1475 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-111 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1288 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1460 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-111 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1288 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1460 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 660 km/h
    • at height: 8,534 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 8,534 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 647 km/h
    • at height: 8,534 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 8,534 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 647 km/h
    • at height: 8,534 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 23.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 332 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 8,534 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

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.

Screenshots and fan art

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

Additional information (links)

References


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P-38L-5-LO
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 ~6510 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~7624 kg
Takeoff Weight ~8500 kg
Wing Area ~30 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1415 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~690.12 kph at 8534 m
Climb Rate ~19.30 m/s
Turn Time ~22.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~214.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~14352 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~16808 lb
Takeoff Weight ~18739 lb
Wing Area ~327 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1415 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~428.82 mph at 27999 ft
Climb Rate 63.32 ft/s
Turn Time 22.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~43.83 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x AN/M2 150 RPG
4 x M2/early Browning 500 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
2 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 3
10 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR 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 <490 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 <304 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)