The Lockheed P-38 Lightning: The Definitive Story of by Warren M. Bodie

By Warren M. Bodie

"Warren our bodies booklet is a wonder of completeness, together with pictures of all sequence and one-offs, and favorably offers what used to be arguably the easiest all-around fighter of worldwide struggle . all of the subjective criticisms of the well-known Lockheed twin-boom aircraft are in actual fact mentioned of their right historic context, with considerable help from the most old actors. The publication additionally demonstrates that the P-38, as an outstanding baby of Clarence Kelly Johnsons genius, was once a number of years prior to its time either in its know-how and within the capability of air strategists and pilots to completely take advantage of the advances it had over present aviation designs, in addition to to foresee its capability. for instance, the P-51 Mustang was once a pig (and used a similar Allison engine of the P-38) ahead of being refitted with the well-known Rolls-Royce Merlin engine which made it the masterpiece we all know; simply think a P-38 with Merlins, whatever that by no means occurred yet which could have dramatically replaced the air struggle sooner than 1944 in all theaters. Bodie demonstrates that the P-38 used to be already the long-range fighter the Allies wanted a number of years ahead of the P-51D and P-47N, yet was once stupidly underused and underdeveloped; its firepower was once overwhelming and virtually exceptional in the course of the warfare; it might probably flip with any enemy fighter and outrun so much of them and, ultimately, having one other engine used to be a necessary protect within the lengthy flights over the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean. hugely suggested interpreting approximately my favourite fighter aircraft. "

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42 Lockheed received an order amounting to $2,180,725 for that group of service test airplanes. At the same time, Bell received $1,073,445 for 13 YP-39s; Consolidated recorded a contract for $2,880,000 for procurement of seven YB-24s; and giant Curtiss - one of the "Big Four" of the aviation industrywalked off with the grand prix of $12,872,398 for the original production lot of P-40s ... some 200 of them. 75 with vast tooling already in place? Or could it have been the fact that this giant organization was still fighting to recover from the tiny $2,886 net profit it had recorded for all of its corporate subsidiaries as reported in 1936?

Upstart Lockheed was outrunning the established opposition in growth. (LAC) RIGHT: This Allison V-1710F series engine was the first of the type to be standardized for the P-38s; only RAF Model 322-Bs were going to be manufactured with C-series engines that used epicyclic reduction gearing. (Detroit Oiesel-Aflison) More to the point, the so-called "Phoney War" had not given a clue to the need for high-altitude operations. The American fetish for turbosuperchargers was not shared by any other nation, they reasoned.

About 15 It after the plane hit, my squadron commanding officer 9th Bomb Wing arrived on the scene. Major 'Sudden onnell got there with about as much clamor as the XPcreated. He was a very bombastic type of person. He lound shouting 'Take their cameras away. ' He tried to stop all of the photogr 'It's a top secret airplane,' he yelled. ood Lord, but it was funny. " I Toliver was a very good pilot, but one who was t d by events of the wartime years. Though he flew han 200 different types of aircraft after being assigned ht Field following Pearl Harbor, he was unhappy that r had the opportunity to become a combat fighter pilot perhaps an ace.

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