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P-38F

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Totals
378000 Price
280 Survivability
6823 kgWeight
253 Damage
Speed
1586.8 Airspeed
600 km/hTop Speed at Sea Level
600 km/hTop Speed at Best Altitude
2100 mOptimum Altitude
830 km/hMaximum Dive Speed
92 m/sRate of Climb
180 km/hStall Speed
456 km/hOptimum Airspeed
Mobility
77.8 Controllability
13.7 sAverage Time to Turn 360 deg
90 °/sRate of Roll
978.6 Maneuverability
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Lockheed P-38F Lightning
378000
First combat-ready modification of the P-38 Lightning. Used in Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific Theater. A total of 527 aircraft were produced.

Tech Tree

Engine
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0
EngineV-1710-27
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1150
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg1200
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2xV-1710-27
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6550
EngineV-1710-49
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1325
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg1220
Price:
Research cost6550
Purchase price58000
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6550
2xV-1710-49
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0
Engine
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1425
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg1240
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2x
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11200
EngineV-1710-91
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1425
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg1240
Price:
Research cost11200
Purchase price60000
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11200
2xV-1710-91
Airframe
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AirframeP-38F
Specifications:
Survivability280
Weight, kg5293
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P-38F
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Airframe
Specifications:
Survivability300
Weight, kg5300
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4250
AirframeP-38G
Specifications:
Survivability300
Weight, kg5300
Price:
Research cost4250
Purchase price48000
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4250
P-38G
Cowling-mounted weapon
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Machine gun12.7 mm M2 (C)
Specifications:
Caliber12.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage38
Rate of Fire, rounds/min700
Weight, kg60
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4x12.7 mm M2 (C)
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Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber12.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage38
Rate of Fire, rounds/min700
Weight, kg60
Price:
Purchase price17600
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4x
Cowling-mounted weapon
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Machine gun23 mm Madsen (C)
Specifications:
Caliber23
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1280
Damage79
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
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23 mm Madsen (C)
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6200
Machine gun20 mm M2 (C)
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1440
Damage90
Rate of Fire, rounds/min400
Weight, kg90
Price:
Research cost6200
Purchase price34000
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6200
20 mm M2 (C)
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20500
Machine gun37 mm M4 (C)
Specifications:
Caliber37
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage140
Rate of Fire, rounds/min120
Weight, kg120
Price:
Research cost20500
Purchase price47500
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20500
37 mm M4 (C)
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0
Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber37
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage140
Rate of Fire, rounds/min120
Weight, kg120
Price:
Purchase price47500
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Outboard weapon
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No weapons
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1650
Rockets4.5'' M8
Specifications:
Damage Radius, m30
Damage750
Weight, kg17
Price:
Research cost1650
Purchase price430
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1650
12x4.5'' M8
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Rockets
Specifications:
Damage Radius, m30
Damage750
Weight, kg17
Price:
Purchase price430
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12x
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No weapons
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No weapons
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No weapons


Modules

Engine

Engine

Tier Engine Engine Power, hp / Thrust Type Weight, kg Price,
V V-1710-27 1150 water-cooled 1200 33500
VI V-1710-49 1325 water-cooled 1220 58000
VII 1425 water-cooled 1240 60000
Airframe

Airframe

Tier Airframe Survivability Weight, kg Price,
IV P-38F 280 5293 36000
V 300 5300 48000
Cowling-mounted weapon

Cowling-mounted weapon

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
IV 12.7 mm M2 (C) 12.7 1040 38 700 60 17600
Cowling-mounted weapon

Cowling-mounted weapon

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
V 23 mm Madsen (C) 23 1280 79 360 90 33800
VI 20 mm M2 (C) 20 1440 90 400 90 34000
VII 37 mm M4 (C) 37 1040 140 120 120 47500
Outboard weapon

Outboard weapon

Tier Bombs Damage Radius, m Damage Weight, kg Price,
V 500 lb 75 4300 225 1150
Outboard weapon

Outboard weapon

Tier Rockets Damage Radius, m Damage Weight, kg Price,
V 30 750 17 430


Compatible Equipment

Compatible Consumables

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • High maneuverability, best of tier V heavy fighters
  • Very fast
  • Highest altitude performance of tier V heavy fighters


Cons:


  • Lowest health of heavies at tier V
  • No tail gunner
  • Can only choose between bombs or rockets


Performance

This is the first researchable American heavy fighter. It is very different from the other tier 5 heavies, sporting high speed and maneuverability over health and guns. This play style is very different from most American aircraft. When fighting the P-38 Lightning, use your maneuverability to get behind them and your speed to outrun them if they get too close for comfort. The P-38F is armed with 4 .50MG's and starts with a 20mm cannon but can be upgraded to a 37mm cannon. Having no tail gunner and low health are it's downfalls. This means that if a fighter with lots of guns like the Spitfire or BF 109 gets on your tail, they'll tear you apart. You may be able to outrun them, but their guns will get you first. For external weapons, the 4.5" M8 rockets or 500lb bombs are available for you to use. The rockets can be used in head-ons, but the bombs are better for ground targets. So it's your pick. Overall a fun fighter to play. It leads to the upgraded P-38J.


Early Research

  • Airframe first for more health
  • Research bombs to increase damage to ground targets
  • Engines next to capitalize on speed
  • Guns could be also focused, but it's up to you


History for this plane not found


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