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Lockheed P-38F Lightning
P38 1
Role Fighter
Operators United States
No. of positions 1
Position 1 Pilot
12.7mm machine guns
20mm gun
Lockheed P-38F Lightning
P38f 1
Role Fighter-bomber
Operators United States
No. of positions 1
Position 1 Pilot
12.7mm machine guns
20mm gun
Bombs
Lockheed P-38L Lightning
P38l bombs 1
Role Fighter-bomber
Operators United States
No. of positions 1
Position 1 Pilot
12.7mm machine guns
20mm gun
Bombs
Lockheed P-38L Lightning
P38 rockets 1
Role Fighter-bomber
Operators United States
No. of positions 1
Position 1 Pilot
12.7mm machine guns
20mm gun
Rockets
Lockheed P-38L Lightning
P38l recce 1
Role Fighter
Reconnaissance
Operators United States
No. of positions 1
Position 1 Pilot
12.7mm machine guns
20mm gun
Artillery spotting

Lockheed P-38 Lightning is an American fighter-bomber.

DescriptionEdit

The P-38 is the only American fighter aircraft in production throughout American involvement in the war. Its twin boom configuration successful career earns nicknames from its adversaries: "fork-tailed devil" (der Gabelschwanz-Teufel) by the Germans and "two planes, one pilot" (2飛行機、1パイロット Ni hikōki, ippairotto) by the Japanese.

The P-38 sports four M2 Browning machine guns and a 20mm Hispano cannon on its nose, giving the fighter concentrated and long range firepower. For ground attack roles it is either fitted with two bombs or ten five inch HVAR rockets. There is also a reconnaissance version, which is able to mark targets for friendly artillery.

It makes common appearance in both the Pacific and European theatre.

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