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

Earlier versions of the P-38 Lightning had its intercooler systems routed through the leading edges of the wings. Problems from this design included, not being able to control carbirator air temeptures, a vulnerability to combat damage due to the large surface area of the intercoolers, and an inabiliby to run the Allison V-1710 engines at potential higher output settings due to the lack of coolent efficiency. To address these issues, the cooling system was redesigned to be contained within the engine nacells, with core type radiators aft of the engines, and operable intercooler flaps to control airflow. These changed were incorporated into the ten P-38J-1-LO block for service tests.

To make use of the newly available space in the leading edges of the wings, 55 gallon leading edge fuel tanks were added, along with stiffeners to support the accompanying weight. The addition of these tanks gave the P-38J an internal fuel capacity of 410 gallons. These modifications started with the P-38J-5-LO production block, consisting of 210 aircraft. The next block was the 790 P-38J-10-LOs, which incorporated the ballistic glass into a flat panel windscreen. Previous versions has the bullet proof glass mounted inside the cockpit just benind the windscreen.

The P-38J modeled in Aces High fits the profile of the next two production blocks. Nothing in the game model excludes it from being one or the other. The P-38J-15-LO block, of which 1400 were produced, had revised electrical systems. Modifications of the turbo regulators were added to the next block, consisting of 350 P-38J-20-LOs.

P-38J-25-LO

Unit Deployment

Sources

Soda's Aircraft Evaluation

External Links

P-38 National Association