P-38G

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Country of origin: USA
Crew: Single-seat
Type: Fighter/attacker
Dimensions: Wing span 52'
Length 37'10"
Height 9'10"
Internal fuel: 300 gallons
Armament: 4x .50 Cal M2
1 20mm M2
AH Loadout options
Package 1 4x .50 Cal M2 500 rpg
1x 20 mm M2 150 rpg
Package 2 4x .50 Cal M2 200 rpg
1x 20 mm M2 150 rpg
Options 6 4.5" M8 Rockets
2 250 lb bombs
2 500 lb bombs
2 1,000 lb bombs
2 150 gallon drop tanks
1 150 gallon drop tank
1 1K bomb + 1 drop tank

Intro paragraph

In AHII

Engine Power

AHII Performance Charts

speed chart climb chart

Firepower

Outstanding, the P-38 is probably the class of the field when it comes to fighter mounted guns. Four .50 calibre machineguns are mounted along with a 20mm hispano cannon. Nose mounting ensures that convergence is not an issue (set out to D650) and concentration of fire is heavy. The nose mounting also gives an easy aiming reference since all weapons are firing on the center line. The match of .50 calibre and hispano is also good as they have similar ballistic properties at short-medium ranges. Cannon ammunition is limited to 150 rounds, about average for hispanos, but it won't last very long if you have a heavy trigger finger. You have two options for the .50's, either 200 rounds/gun or a whopping 500 rounds/gun in an overload option. While it can be tempting to take the 500 round option by default, the weight is more than double the smaller load and tends to last "too" long, making you stay around when maybe you should consider leaving instead. Shooting with the P-38 is so easy though, snapshots, deflection and even long range shots are about as easy as you can get with great effect. Even on difficult shots, the P-38 tends to deliver many hits in a short period of time and cause concentrated damage to enemy aircraft. Externally, the P-38 is also one of the most flexible aircraft for air-to-ground weapons. It can carry up to 6 rockets, as well as, two mounting points for bombs up to 1,000lbs in size. Ordinance options exist for many combinations of bombs and drop tanks so that you may not have to give up one or the other.

Maneuverability

Fighting in the P-38G

Fighting against the P-38G

In World War II

Development

Unit Deployment

Sources

Soda's Aircraft Evaluation

External Links

P-38 National Association