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Comparison of de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito and Lockheed P-38 Lightning


Direct side-by-side comparison of two aircraft.


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SUBJECTS
de Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk 30
Multirole Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Lockheed P-38J Lightning
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
BASICS
CREW
2
CREW
1
PRODUCTION
7,781 units [Diff.-2,142]
PRODUCTION
9,923 units [Diff.+2,142]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
44.52 ft (13.57 m) [Diff.+6.69 ft]
LENGTH
37.83 ft (11.53 m) [Diff.-6.69 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
54.13 ft (16.50 m) [Diff.+2.13 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
52.00 ft (15.85 m) [Diff.-2.13 ft]
HEIGHT
12.50 ft (3.81 m) [Diff.+2.69 ft]
HEIGHT
9.81 ft (2.99 m) [Diff.-2.69 ft]
SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.
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de Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk 30
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Lockheed P-38J Lightning
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT
13,417 lb (6,086 kg) [Diff.+617 lb]
EMPTY WT
12,800 lb (5,806 kg) [Diff.-617 lb]
MTOW
21,627 lb (9,810 kg) [Diff.+26 lb]
MTOW
21,601 lb (9,798 kg) [Diff.-26 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
2 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 76 V-12 liquid-cooled inline piston engines developing 1,710 horsepower driving three-bladed propeller units.
2 x Allison V-1710-111 water-cooled inline piston engines developing 1,425 horsepower driving three-bladed propeller units.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
407 mph (655 kph) [Diff.-7 mph]
SPEED
414 mph (666 kph) [Diff.+7 mph]
RANGE
1,299 miles (2,091 km) [Diff.-938 miles]
RANGE
2,237 miles (3,600 km) [Diff.+938 miles]
CEILING
38,025 ft (11,590 m) [Diff.-5,938 feet]
CEILING
43,963 ft (13,400 m) [Diff.+5,938 feet]
ARMAMENT
STANDARD:
4 x 7.7mm Browning machine guns in nose
4 x 20mm Hispano cannons mounted under the nose

OPTIONAL (Model Dependent):
Between 500lb and 4,000lb of internal stores in bomb bay (reconnaissance equipment, specialized mission equipment, leaflets, munitions, extra fuel, etc...).
1 x 57mm autocannon in nose (in place of 4 x cannons).
4 x 7.7mm Browning machine guns in underfuselage gunpack.
2 x 250lb / 500lb bombs underwing
8 x High-Explosive, Armor-Piercing rockets underwing.
1 x Torpedo externally held under the fuselage
STANDARD:
1 x 20mm Automatic cannons in the nose.
4 x 0.50 caliber Browning Heavy Machine Guns in nose.

OPTIONAL:
10 x 5" high-explosive aerial rockets.
2 x Fuel Drop Tanks.
2 x 500lb Conventional Drop Bombs.

Up to 4,000lb (908kg) of underwing stores.
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