Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

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The ' Cadillac' of USAAF fighters in World War 2, the Lightning was a highly innovative design produced by Lockheed of Burbank, California, in response to a challenging requirement for a long range, high speed and high altitude fighter to escort the AAF's rapidly expanding B-17 bomber fleet. To meet the criterion laid down in the requirement the company adopted a revolutionary twin boom layout and supercharged Allison engines. The latter initially proved troublesome, but the gremlins were eventually sorted out and the type went into action both in Europe and the Pacific.... Step operating latch/grab handle 146 76 Starboard inboard Fowler-type flap segment 77 Flap outer guide rail and cable drive 147 78 ... leg pivot mounting Mainwheel leg strut Port mainwheel, aft retracting Retraction/drag strut Engine bearer cast sub-frame Engine bay ... gal ( 1 50-US gal, 568-lit) external tank 4.5- in (I 1.5-cm) M8 rocket projectile MIO triple-tube a#39;Bazookaa#39; rocket launcher, fuselage sideanbsp;...

Title:Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Author: Michael O'Leary
Publisher:Osprey Publishing Company - 1999

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