Specifications for the
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
Focus Model: Lockheed P-38J Lightning
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation -USA
Initial Year of Service: 1939
Length: 37.83 ft (11.53 m)
Width: 52.00 ft (15.85 m)
Height: 9.81ft (2.99 m)
Weight (Empty): 12,800 lb (5,806 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 21,601 lb (9,798 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Allison V-1710-111 water-cooled inline piston engines developing 1,425 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 414 mph (666 kmh; 360 kts)
Maximum Range: 2,237 miles (3,600 km)
Service Ceiling: 43,963 ft (13,400 m; 8.3 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 m/min)
1 x 20mm cannon in nose
4 x 12.7mm Browning heavy machine guns in nose
10 x 5in high-explosive rockets
2 x Drop Drop Tanks
2 x 500lb Conventional Drop Bombs
Up to 4,000lbs (908kg) of underwing stores.
XP-38 - Prototype Model Designation
YP-38 - Evaluation Model Designation; 13 examples produced; V-1710 inline piston engines; 4 x 12.7mm machine guns and 1 x 37mm cannon.
P-38D - Revised tail unit; Self-sealing fuel tanks; 36 examples produced.
P-38E - Revised nose armament of 1 x 37mm cannon and 4 x .50 caliber machine guns to 1 x 20mm cannon and 4 x .50 caliber machine guns.
P-38F - Specifically designed for Pacific Theater of War service featuring V-1710 49/53 engines.
F-38G - V-1710-55/55 engines and provision for 2,000lbs of ordnance.
P-38G - V-1710-89/91 engines and greater bomb loadout; 2,970 examples produced.
P-38H - 601 examples produced.
P-38J - Increased wing fuel stores capacity; bulletproof windscreen; cockpit heating; improved engine cooling; improved speed and climbing capabilities.
P-38L - Provision for underwing rockets; Nose radar is some variants or bomb-aimer; Featuring V-1710-111/113 engines; 3,923 examples produced.
P-38M - Two-seat nightfighter based on P-38L model; fitted with radar.
F-4-1-LO - Conversion model unarmed reconnaissance model with V-1710-21-29 engines; 4 x K-17 cameras.
RF-4-1-LO - Redesignated F-4-1-LO model.
F-5 - Unarmed "light" reconnaissance model.
Lightning MK.I - Export P-38E Evaluation Model Designation for British trials sans turbochargers.
Lightning Mk.II - Export P-38G models for British use; overtaken and consequently used by the USAAF.
Australia; Dominican Republic; France (Free French); Hoonduras; Italy; Portugal; United Kingdom; United States