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Lockheed P-38J 'Lightning'

Description
  Manufacturer:Lockheed
  Base model:P-38
  Designation:P-38
  Version:J
  Nickname:Lightning
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1947
  Basic role:Pursuit
  Crew:Pilot

Specifications
  Length: 37' 10" 11.5 m
  Height:12' 10" 3.9 m
  Wingspan: 52' 0" 15.8 m
  Wingarea: 328.0 sq ft 30.4 sq m
  Empty Weight: 12,380 lb 5,614 kg
  Gross Weight: 19,500 lb 8,843 kg
  Max Weight: 20,300 lb 9,206 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Allison V-1710-89/91
  Horsepower (each): 1425

Performance
  Range: 350 miles 563 km
  Cruise Speed: 250 mph 402 km/h 217 kt
  Max Speed: 402 mph 647 km/h 349 kt
  Climb: 3,076 ft/min 937 m/min
  Ceiling: 40,000 ft 12,191 m

Known serial numbers
42-12867 / 42-12869, 42-13560 / 42-13566, 42-67102 / 42-67311, 42-67402 / 42-68191, 42-103979 / 42-104428 , 43-28248 / 43-29047 , 44-23059 / 44-23208 , 44-23209 / 44-23558 , 44-23559 / 44-23768

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Planes of Fame Air MuseumEden PrairieMinnesota
The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"ChinoCalifornia

P-38J on display

The Air Museum

The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"
   


 

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 afhollisteruk@hotmail.com
 , DC
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05/08/2012 @ 19:08 [ref: 56943]
 bm
 chicago, IL
i think it looks cool
03/19/2010 @ 06:15 [ref: 25892]
 Ted Taylor
 Austin, TX
My dad flew the reconnaissance version of the P-38, known as the F-5. He commander the 28th PRS. He died last week (June 17, 2007) and I am preparing his eulogy as I write this note. A great man, he was. There are some really hairy stories about these Lightning jocks. I'll try and return shortly and recount a tale or two.
Thanks for your website!

Ted
06/24/2007 @ 20:27 [ref: 16934]
 Gary Clinton
 Louisville, KY, KY
I have recently heard you have recieved the Glacier Girl
P-38 from Middlesboro KY. I have followed that plane since 2000, I will miss not being able to see it, glad its found a good home. I understand its making a trip to England, If its going to refueling near KY please let me know.

Good luck, take good care of Glacier Girl
04/30/2007 @ 11:15 [ref: 16359]
 Ralph Munyan
 Kansas City,, MO
Has anyone cataloged how many P-38s are flying today and where they are located?

Thanks.
11/05/2006 @ 15:38 [ref: 14671]
 ernest wolpert
 sylmar, CA
1940 TO 1944 I PLAYED IN THE LOCKHEED BAND DURING LUNCH .
ON A SPECIAL ASSEMBLE OF ARMY OFFICALS THAT WERE ACCEPTING THE FIRST P38`S ,3 P38S BUZZED THE CROWD, AS THEY CLIMBED THE TAIL SECTION FLEW OFF ONE OF THE P38S .THE PLANE CRASHED IN BURBANK.AT THE TIME IT WAS QUITE A SHOCK AND I THOUGHT THIS WILL BE THE END OF THE P38 PROGRAMN.LUCKERLY IT WAS NOT.
06/29/2006 @ 13:32 [ref: 13617]
 doug sperling
 , BC
When I was a boy there was a p38 in prince george being used as a photography plane,the pilot apparently had a few drinks and was out hot dogging around pg he flew over us so close we could see a boy in the glass bombay waveing to us they flew really low around town and then right at the cut banks north of town and straight up the face and clipped a tree with left wing,he was running full throttle trying to get the nose up as he came around in a tight arc and drove it into a ravine and a big plume of smoke came up...The largest peice of that air craft was about 6 ft long it was a piece of one of the fuselage..I had heard earlier that this plane was up at the air port and had gone up to admire it,so the was a hard thing to watch..This event was back in the 50s......
03/18/2006 @ 18:15 [ref: 12850]
 James Humberd
 , CA
For a true story about a

Lockheed P-38, And A Horse Race

go to

http://www.travel-tidbits.com/tidbits/003083.shtml

comments please

Jim
10/21/2004 @ 23:14 [ref: 8485]
 James Humberd
 , CA
For a true story about a

Lockheed P-38, And A Horse Race

go to

http://www.travel-tidbits.com/tidbits/003083.shtml

comments please

Jim
10/21/2004 @ 23:13 [ref: 8484]
 Brandon
 Silverton, OR
I really like your website!!! kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
11/01/2001 @ 13:34 [ref: 3539]

 

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