Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks   Donate Now  
Search Chronology Locations Aircraft Vessels Missing In Action (MIA)

Lockheed P-38 Lightning (F-4, F-5 Lightning)
Technical Information

Background
The P-38 Lightning is a large, twin engine fighter with a unique and twin boom design and tricycle landing gear. It was an excellent and stable gun platform. It served in all theaters of war, and was the mount of many U. S. Army Air Force aces in the Pacific. Richard I. Bong claimed 40 victories flying P-38s. The P-38 could not out climb the Zero, but had excellent performance above 20,000'. Its main strength was its high speed, over 50 mph faster than the Zero and heavy armament. In 1944, it cost the U. S. Government for a P-38 manufactured an average of $97,147.

F-4 and F-5 Photographic Reconnaissance
The P-38's high speed and large nose section (which was a good location for recon cameras) made the plane a natural for photographic reconnaissance missions. P-38s that were used in this role were re-designated as F-4 (converted P-38E) and F-5A / F-5B (converted P-38G) and F-5E (converted P-38L).

P-38 Night Fighter
At the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville, three P-38Gs were converted into night fighters. They were painted black, installed radar and put blast tubes around the gun/cannon muzzles. They have radar antenna protruding from each side of the gun bay/nose area.

Technical Details
Crew  One (pilot)
Engine  2 x Allison V-1710 driving 3 bladed propeller
Span  52' "
Length  37' 10"
Height  12' 10"
Maximum Speed  390 mph
Range  500 miles
Armament  (nose) 4 x 50 caliber machine guns, 1 x 20mm cannon
    All rights reserved.  
  Pacific Wrecks Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to bringing home those Missing In Action (MIA) and leveraging new technologies in the study of World War II Pacific and the Korean War.  
Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram
 
Forum Updates People Museums Reviews Submit Info How You Can Help