Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1944
Type: High-Altitude Interceptor / Close Air Support Aircraft
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Lockheed Corporation - USA
Production Total: 1
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 49.31 feet (15.03 meters)
Overall Width: 70.01 feet (21.34 meters)
Overall Height: 13.78 feet (4.20 meters)
Weight (Empty): 31,625 lb (14,345 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 39,189 lb (17,776 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 2 x Allison V-3420 inline piston engines developing 3,000 horsepower each.
Maximum Speed: 435 mph (700 kph; 378 knots)
Maximum Range: 1,400 miles (2,253 km)
Service Ceiling: 40,000 feet (12,192 meters; 7.58 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,660 feet-per-minute (811 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in nose
2 x 12.7mm rear-facing machine guns in tail booms
LATER (Armament Trials):
4 x 37mm cannon
2 x 12.7mm machine guns mounted in top fuselage pod turret system.
2 x 12.7mm machine guns mounted in bottom fuselage pod turret system.
1 x 75mm cannon mounted in nose in place of existing 37mm cannon mounts.
Global Operators / Customers
United States (cancelled)
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
XP-58 - Developmental Series Designation