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This page is about the American premium twin-engine fighter XP-38G. For the regular version, see P-38G-1. For other uses, see P-38 (Family).


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The XP-38G is a premium rank II American twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. It is available to be bought at the Gaijin Store in the "USA Pacific Campaign (1941-1942)" pack.

General info

Flight Performance

The XP-38G very similar to the P-38G. It has most of its fine handling characteristics, speed, and armament. It should be used a strike fighter.

Being a twin-boomed fighter, the XP-38 is slightly less manoeuverable than its counterparts. However, it has a very small turn radius in return.

The P-38 has an extremely high rate of climb and a high speed. Use it as a strike fighter- target bombers and lone fighters. Always side-climb to gain altitude over your opponent.

Max Speed
(km/h at 8,229 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
634 616 12192 23.1 23.9 14.6 14.6 380
Max Speed
(km/h at 8,229 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
689 660 12192 20.9 22.0 22.4 18.0 380


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
241 ~9.5 ~5.5
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 460 < 500 > 420
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,800 m 2,620 hp 3,010 hp

Engine performance

Engine Name Number present
Allison V-1710-51 12-cylinder 2
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
610 kg Inline Water
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 1,084 hp 1,350 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,072 hp 1,200 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 1,264 hp 1,531 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,252 hp 1,380 hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit top front.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plates in the nose.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in pilot's headrest.


Offensive armament

The XP-38G is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannon, nose-mounted (150 rpg)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 2,000 total)

The armament on the XP-38G is extremely powerful. A single 20mm cannon combined with 4 M2s in the nose make a devastating, accurate combination. The XP-38G can effectively slice wings in half due to its extremely accurate weapons.

Suspended armament

Main article: M8

The XP-38G can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 6 x M8 rockets

Usage in battles

Utilize the P-38 as a strike fighter. The P-38 has very good energy retention and climb speed, so mainly use it as a BnZ fighter. However, it can be an effective turn fighter against less maneuverable opponents. Be warned, however, that once at a low speed and altitude the P-38 is a sitting duck. It is a very large fighter and easy to destroy.

The best cure is being prepared. Always maintain a high, safe altitude. If you have to, the P-38 is best in a flat dive. It's roll rate can be used to its advantage as well. Use diving and climbing maneuvers to get out of trouble. Avoid turning to counter opponents, unless they are less manoeuvrable.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm Rocket Launcher M10
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Gathers speed quickly in a dive
  • Good armament, can rip apart other planes quickly
  • Good for boom and zoom
  • Good climb rate


  • Extremely prone to fire
  • Poor turning / maneuverability


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See also

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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 · YP-38
P-61  P-61A-1 · P-61C-1
F7F  F7F-1 · F7F-3
Other  XF5F · XP-50 · F-82E

USA premium aircraft
Fighters  Thach's F2A-1 · Galer's F3F-2 · F2G-1 · F4U-4B VMF-214 · P-26A-34 · P-40C · P-43A-1
  P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-51A · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · ␠Kingcobra · XP-55
  ▃A6M2 · ▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc
Twin-engine fighters  XP-38G · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · YP-38 · P-61A-1 · XF5F · XP-50 · F7F-3
Jet fighters  P-59A · AV-8A · F-86F-35 · F-89B · F-89D
Attackers  A2D-1 · AU-1 · XA-38
Bombers  A-26C-45DT · B-10B · BTD-1 · PBM-3 "Mariner" · PV-2D