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The Lightning was designed in 1937 and competed with the Bell P-39 Airacobra for a USAAC contract that specified an Allison V-1710 engine.  The Airacobra design emphasized light weight to get the best performance; the  Lockheed design team used the unorthodox approach of a twin engine fighter.

Almost 10,000 Lightnings were produced and saw action in every major combat theater.

 Specifications (P-38L)  Designations
Type: Fighter
Engines: two 1,475 hp (1100 kW) Allison V-1710-111/113 piston engines
P-38: US Army pursuit aircraft
TP-38: two-seat trainer
F-4: Photo reconnaissance version
F-5: Photo reconnaissance version, upgraded engine
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P-38 Lightning in action

"Pair of Aces"
Stan Stokes

page updated 11 February 2008



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