Lockheed P-38H Lightning


One of the most famous two-engine fighter of WWII. Thomas B. McGuire painting — USAAF ace wit 38 shot down score.

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  • Type: fighter
  • Historical period: World War II
  • Country: USA
  • Scale: 1:33
  • Number of sheets: 18 sheets A4

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II American fighter aircraft. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a single, central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament.

Named "fork-tailed devil" by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese, the P-38 was used in a number of roles, including dive bombing, level bombing, ground-attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.

The P-38H production variant capable of carrying 3200lb of underwing bombs and an automatic oil radiator flaps, 601 built, 128 converted to F-5Cs.


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