Steam Store Description (from Ad Blurbs)The P-38J-25 was a late model variant flown by the USAAF and saw action over Europe as well as in the Pacific. The P-38 had a unique configuration with twin booms housing the engines, superchargers and landing gear while a center section contained the nose gear, cockpit and guns. This arrangement gives it a very distinct look that is unmistakable. The P-38J-25 series also incorporated a set of dive flaps that could be quickly deployed to help with instability during a high-speed dive that had plagued earlier models.
The P-38 or ‘Fork Tailed Devil’ as it was sometimes referred to as, was in production throughout the war and saw action on all American involved fronts. Its armament consisted of four .50cal machine guns and a single 20mm Hispano cannon. The inclusion of a cannon was rare for an American fighter. It could also carry two bombs or drop tanks and had excellent range. It was used as a bomber escort, interceptor and later in the war it focused greatly on ground attack missions.
In addition to Quick Mission Builder and Multiplayer modes, you can fly it in Career mode during Battle of Bodenplatte timeframe.
- Default armament: 20mm gun "M2", 150 rounds, 650 rounds per minute, and four 12.7mm machine guns "M2 .50", 300 rounds, 850 rounds per minute.
- Length: 10.89 m (35.73 feet)
- Wingspan: 15.85 m (52 feet)
- Wing surface: 30.4 m² (327 feet²)
- Additional ammo for machine guns: 500 for each - 99.3 kg (218.9 lbs) weight increase
- Two 500 lb General Purpose Bombs M64 - 508 kg (1120 lbs) weight increase with racks, 9 kph (5.5 mph) speed loss, 2 kph (1.2 mph) speed loss after drop
- Two 1000 lb General Purpose Bombs M65 - 1024 kg (2324 lbs) weight increase with racks, 19 kph (11.6 mph) speed loss, 2 kph (1.2 mph) speed loss after drop
- Two 2000 lb General Purpose Bombs M66 - 1858 kg (4096 lbs) weight increase with racks, 23 kph (14.2 mph) speed loss, 2 kph (1.2 mph) speed loss after drop
- Six 500 lb General Purpose Bombs M64 on underwing bomb holders - 1568 kg (3457 lbs) weight increase, 52 kph (32.3 mph) speed loss, 14 kph (12.0 mph) speed loss after drop
- Four 1000 lb General Purpose Bombs M65 on underwing bomb holders - 2092 kg (4612 lbs) weight increase, 60 kph (37.0 mph) speed loss, 19 kph (12.0 mph) speed loss after drop
- Six M8 rockets in jettisonable M10 launchers - 171.9 kg (379 lbs) weight increase with launchers, 18 kph (11.4 mph) speed loss, 13 kph (8.2 mph) speed loss after launch, 4 kph (2.5 mph) speed loss after jettison
- Bendix MN-26 fixed loop radio compass for navigation with radio beacons (17.5 kg (38.6 lbs) weight increase)
- Standard pattern.
- "Little Buckaroo" - Major Robert C. 'Buck' Rogers (Squadron Commanding Officer), 392nd FS, 367th FG, 9th AF, Peray, France, 1944.
- "Philbert 3" - Major Charles Matheson, Commander of the 394th FS 367th FG.
- 429th FS, 474th FG, Florennes, Juzaines, March 1945.
- "SCRAPIRON IV" - Captain Lawrence E 'Scrappy' Blumer, 393rd FS, 367th FG, Criquevile, France, late 1944.
- "Arkansas Traveler" - Lt. J. Owen Fincher, 392nd FS, 367th FG, 1945.
- 1Lt. Lawrence P Liebers, 428th FS, 474th FG, Langensalza, Germany, 1945.
- "Les Vin, Les Femmes, et Les Chansons" - Captain Paul J. Sabo, 485th FS, 370th FG, France, 1944.
- 1Lt. Robert C. 'Swat' Milliken, 429th FS, 474th FG, Florennes, Belgium, October 1944.
- "YIPPEE" - the 5000th P-38 built piloted by Milo Burcham, Southern California, May 1944.
- "Curly Six" - Major Jack L. Reed, 394th FS, 367th FG.
- "Hey Stuff" - 1Lt. W.T. Estabrook, 394th FS, 367th FG.
- "SanDot IV" - 458th FS, 370th FG, late 1944.
- "California Cutie" - Lt. Richard O. Loehnert, 20th FG, 55th FS, 8th AF, June 1944.
Technical detailsIndicated stall speed in flight configuration: 179..220 km/h (111..137 mph)
Indicated stall speed in takeoff/landing configuration: 149..185 km/h (93..115 mph)
Dive speed limit: 725 km/h (450 mph)
Maximum load factor: 9.0 G
Stall angle of attack in flight configuration: 14.1 °
Stall angle of attack in landing configuration: 11.5 °
Maximum true air speed at sea level, engine mode - WEP: 557 km/h (346 mph)
Maximum true air speed at 7860 m (25800 feet), engine mode - WEP: 674 km/h (419 mph)
Maximum true air speed at sea level, engine mode - Combat: 540 km/h (336 mph)
Maximum true air speed at 8500 m (27890 feet), engine mode - Combat: 670 km/h (416 mph)
Service ceiling: 12350 m (40500 feet)
Climb at engine mode - WEP
Climb rate at sea level: 20.4 m/s (4020 feet/min)
Climb rate at 3000 m (9843 feet): 19.1 m/s (3758 feet/min)
Climb rate at 6000 m (19685 feet): 15.0 m/s (2953 feet/min)
Climb at engine mode - Combat
Climb rate at sea level: 12.8 m/s (2518 feet/min)
Climb rate at 3000 m (9843 feet): 11.5 m/s (2258 feet/min)
Climb rate at 6000 m (19685 feet): 9.4 m/s (1844 feet/min)
Maximum performance turn at sea level: 20.0 s, at 310 km/h (195 mph) IAS.
Maximum performance turn at 3000 m (9843 feet): 28.3 s, at 320 km/h (200 mph) IAS.
Flight endurance at 3000 m (9843 feet): 5.8 h, at 350 km/h (217 mph) IAS.
Takeoff speed: 160..175 km/h (100..110 mph)
Glideslope speed: 185..210 km/h (115..130 mph)
Landing speed: 150..175 km/h (95..110 mph)
Landing angle: 7.0 °
Note 1: the data provided is for international standard atmosphere (ISA).
Note 2: flight performance ranges are given for possible aircraft mass ranges.
Note 3: maximum speeds, climb rates and turn times are given for standard aircraft mass and 70%25 of fuel.
Note 4: turn times are given for WEP power.
Model: Allison V-1710-89 (left) and V-1710-91 (right)
Maximum power in WEP mode at sea level: 1550 HP
Maximum power in WEP mode at 7860 m (25800 feet): 1505 HP
Cruise (unlimited time): 2600 RPM, 44 inch Hg
Combat power (up to 15 minutes): 3000 RPM, 54 inch Hg
WEP (up to 5 minutes): 3000 RPM, 60 inch Hg
Maximum continuous turbocharger RPM: 24000
Maximum turbocharger RPM for up to 15 minutes: 26400
Water rated temperature in engine output: 85 °C
Water maximum temperature in engine output: 105 °C
Oil rated temperature in engine output: 105 °C
Oil maximum temperature in engine output: 115 °C
Supercharger gear shift altitude: single gear
Empty weight: 6356 kg (14013 lb)
Minimum weight (no ammo, 10% fuel): 6662 kg (14687 lb)
Standard weight: 7890 kg (17395 lb)
Maximum takeoff weight: 10113 kg (22295 lb)
Fuel load: 1132 kg (2496 lb) / 1575 l (416 gal)
Useful load: 3757 kg (8282 lb)
Combat debut: 1944
- In addition to the automatic single-stage supercharger, each engine is equipped with the automatic turbo-supercharger.
- The turbo-supercharger is powered by the engine exhaust backpressure and is regulated automatically by the pilot throttle control in the cockpit using the shutters on the exhaust pipes.
- It should be noted that turbocharger RPM changes relatively slowly and not immediately after a control lever adjustment. For instance, during takeoff it's necessary to keep the brakes pressed for several seconds after moving the throttle to takeoff position and begin the run only when the turbocharger RPM increases sufficiently to reach 54 inches of pressure.
- The automatic fuel mixture control maintains optimal mixture if the mixture lever is set to Auto Rich (70%) position. To use automatic mixture leaning to reduce the fuel consumption during flight set the mixture lever to Auto Lean (30%) position. In a case of malfunction of the automatic mixture control, the mixture lever should be set to Full Rich (move the lever completely forward) position. To stop the engine, set it to the Idle Cut Off (0%) position.
- The automatic engine governor keeps the set engine RPM by adjusting the propeller pitch using an electric actuator (it is possible to turn it off and control the propeller pitch manually). The propellers can be feathered.
- The aircraft has pitch and yaw flight-control trimmers.
- Landing flaps have a hydraulic actuator and can be extended to any angle up to 40°. There is also a fixed "maneuver" flaps position that can be set by a short flaps button press ("F" by default).
- The aircraft is equipped with hydraulic aileron actuators, making their operation and good roll performance at high speeds possible. The actuators are turned on using a special valve on the left side of the cockpit and require at least 1200 psi pressure in the hydraulic system, so they should be turned off if there is only one engine running. In the sim, they are turned on and off automatically.
- The aircraft has independent left and right hydraulic wheel brake controls. To apply either brake push the upper part of the rudder pedal.
- The aircraft is equipped with a parking brake system.
- The landing gear indicator lamp lights up if the landing gear is neither extended nor retracted. The extension of the nose wheel can also be checked by its reflection in the mirrors on the inner sides of the engine nacelles and by the pressure drop in the hydraulic system during the landing gear operation.
- There are signal lamps warning about the low fuel level in the outer wing tanks (the primary fuel source) and separate fuel indicators for the left and right fuel tank pairs.
- The canopy has an emergency release system for bailouts.
- The windows on the sides of the canopy can be lowered during flight, but this can cause the excessive shaking of the plane.
- The electric bomb controller allows dropping the bombs one by one from the left and right racks or by pairs.
- The unguided rockets are launched using the electric controller which allows single, pair, triple and salvo (all rockets at 0.1 seconds interval) launch. The rocket containers are jettisonable.
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