What is the Lockheed P-38 Lightning?
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is an American single-seated, twin piston-engined fighter aircraft that was used during World War II. Developed for the United States Army Air Corps by the Lockheed Corporation, the P-38 incorporated a distinctive twin boom design with a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament.
What is the best book about the P-38 Lightning Ace?
P-38 Lightning aces of the ETO/MTO. London: Osprey Aerospace. pp. 43–46. ISBN 1-85532-698-1. ^ Hatch, Herbert (2000). An Ace and his Angel : Memoirs of a World War II Fighter Pilot. [Paducah, Ky.]: Turner Publishing Company. pp. 59–67. ISBN 1-56311-574-3. ^ Neulen, Hans Werner (2005).
How many P-38Js were converted to night fighters?
Later on, three more P-38Js were modified in the field as experimental night-fighters. Finally in 1944, Lockheed converted a P-38L-5 as a two-seat night-fighter. The prototype was designated as the P-38M and was equipped with AN/APS-6 radar in a radome pod beneath the nose.
What was the kill ratio of the P-38 Lightning?
After P-51 Mustangs replaced the Lightning, the kill ratio went from 1.5: 1 to 7:1. However, other war theaters were clamoring for the P-38 and this is where the Lightning would finally shine.
What is the ISBN number for the P-38 Lightning?
P-38 Lightning In Action. Squadron/Signal Publications. p. 15. ISBN 0-89747-255-1. ^ Cefaratt, Gil (2002). Lockheed : the people behind the story (Limited ed.). Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. pp. 15, 39, 141.
What is a P-38?
The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in large-scale production throughout American involvement in the war, from the Attack on Pearl Harbor to Victory over Japan Day. The Lockheed Corporation’s Skunk Works designed the P-38 in response to a February 1937 specification from the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).