|This page is about the American twin-engine fighter P-38E. For other uses, see P-38 (Family).|
The P-38E Lightning is a rank II American twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".
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.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 7,012 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
| Max Speed
(km/h at 7,012 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 321||< 460||< 500||> 240|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|6,800 m||2,100 hp||2,352 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 7 mm steel - in front of cockpit
- 7 mm steel - pilot seat
- 10 mm steel behind pilot head
- 38 mm bulletproof glass - behind windscreen
The P-38E is armed with:
- 1 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannon, nose-mounted (150 rpg = 150 total)
- 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 2,000 total)
Usage in the battles
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Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 12 mm MGs|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Offensive 20 mm|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 20 mm cannons|
Pros and cons
- Nose-mounted armaments gives great long-range accuracy, no need to worry about convergence.
- Great at head-ons
- Very large airframe is easy to hit, and burns quite easily.
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|USA twin-engine fighters|
|P-38||XP-38G · P-38E · P-38G-1 · P-38J-15 · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38L-5-LO · P-38K|
|P-61||P-61A-1 · P-61C-1|
|F7F||F7F-1 · F7F-3|
|Other||XF5F · XP-50 · F-82E|