Plane: Lockheed P38J Lightning

Weight (Empty/Loaded/Max): / 17,400lb /

Wing Area: 327.5sq ft

Wing Loading: / 53.1 lb/sq ft/

Length: 37' 10"

Span: 52'

Wing Aspect Ratio: 8.3

Engine: 2x1,425hp Allison V-1710-89/91 Inline

Flaps: 5 settings

Visibility:

- Front: Ok
- Sides: Poor
- Rear: Poor

Control Feel:

- Slow: Good
- Near Sustained: Good
- Fast: Horrible

Stall Speed 1k (No Flaps/Full Flaps) 95/75mph

Guns:

type/ammo | ROF | Duration | WB Punch | Muzzle Velocity | Ammo/Gun | |

Primary: | 4x.50 cal Browning MG | 12.0/s | 41.6s | 6x.50cal/ping | 2,810ft/s | 500 |

Secondary: | 1x20mm Hispano-Suiza Cannon | 11.2/s | 13.4s | 1.4x20mm/ping | 2,790ft/s | 150 |

Ordnance:

0: none

1: 6xRockets

2: 2x1,000lb bombs

2: 6xRockets + 2x500lb bombs

Fuel Time/Percent: 43 seconds/percent

Power/weight (Empty/Loaded/Max): / 6.1lb/hp/

Corner Velocity: 265mph

Durability: Good

WEP time: 5 minutes

Maximum Angle-of-Attack (no flaps/full flaps): 19.5/19.5

Wing Incidence Angle (no flaps/full flaps): 4.5/4.5

Accleleration:

1,000ft | 5,000ft | 10,000ft | 15,000ft | |

Stall-200mph | 16.0s | 18.6s | 20.4s | 25.9s |

150mph-200mph | 9.4s | 10.8s | 12.6s | 16.5s |

200mph-250mph | 13.3s | 15.9s | 18.7s | 25.0s |

250mph-300mph | 26.4s | 32.0s | 41.8s | 63.0s |

Climb:

1k-5k: 47s

5k-10k: 69s

10k-15k: 69s

Zoom Climb:

1k 400mph: +5,400ft

1k 300mph: +3,200ft

Dive:

Max Speed | After 30s | After 60s | |

15,000ft to 10,000ft | 390mph | 350mph | 340mph |

15,000ft to 5,000ft | 495mph | 390mph | 355mph |

10,000ft to 5,000ft | 410mph | 360mph | 345mph |

10,000ft to 1,000ft | 500mph | 395mph | 355mph |

5,000ft to 1,000ft | 395mph | 355mph | 345mph |

Max Speed

1,000ft | 5,000ft | |

Climbing before levelling | 335mph | 330mph |

Diving before levelling | 340mph | 340mph |

Turn Performance

300mph | 1,000ft | 5,000ft | 10,000ft | 15,000ft |

One 360 | 12.1s | 13.3s | 14.8s | 15.6s |

Two 360s | 26.9s | 28.7s | 32.9s | 25.9s |

250mph | ||||

One 360 | 12.7s | 13.7s | 15.5s | 16.7s |

Two 360s | 27.7s | 30.2s | 33.7s | 38.2s |

Sustained | ||||

No Flaps | 15.8s | 17.4s | 19.3s | 22.7s |

Full Flaps | 15.1s | 16.2s | 18.3s | 21.1s |

Best Flap | full | full | full | full |

Speed/best | 105mph | 105mph | 105mph | 105mph |

Corner Speed and Radii (1,000ft):

Speed: 265mph

Radius: 511ft

Sustained Turn Speed: 165mph

Sustained Turn Radius: 608ft

Full Flaps Speed: 130mph

Full Flaps Radius: 458ft

Corner Times | 1,000ft | 5,000ft | 10,000ft | 15,000ft |

180 degrees | 6.0s | 6.3s | 7.0s | 7.6s |

360 degrees | 12.7s | 13.4s | 14.8s | 16.9s |

Roll Rate:

150mph: 5.3s

200mph: 4.1s

250mph: 4.3s

300mph: 6.4s

350mph: 12.9s

400mph: 23.6s

Minimum Full-Flaps Full-Power Split-S altitude:

150mph: 900ft

200mph: 1000ft

250mph: 1600ft

300mph: 2000ft

Hoof's Tips and Opinions:

The J version of the P38 has several improvements over the P38F, including an improved propeller to help with speed and climb, an improved and more powerful pair of engines, and other minor inter-generational tweaks. This allows the P38J to compete quite well in the Warbirds arena, making her performance sufficient to do well. Unfortunately, the P38's main weakness, high speed control is not solved until later versions of the P38J and the P38L, in the form of hydraulically assisted ailerons and dive flaps. Thus while this plane may be able to compete on even terms with a P38L, it cannot even come close to it's high speed and diving abilities.

The P38J has no problems competing with the P38F. Better vertical performance, higher speed tolerance before control problems set in, slightly improved roll rate, faster acceleration, and comparable turn rate allow the P38J pilot to gain an edge over the P38F. But against the P38L, one has to be very careful not to be drug into a dive, otherwise the P38L's superior high speed handling will give it a decisive advantage, if an outright win as you dive straight into the ground.

Most P38 drivers will take the P38L, as it has everything the P38J has *and* one of the best high-speed and diving characteristics in the game. The P38J is competitive, but the P38L becomes simply superior to most planes with her diving/high speed problems solved.

A word of caution: If you look at the sustained-turn rate comparison charts, you will see that the P38J turns with the A6M5 variant of the Zero. It is highly advisable not to put this to the test! The P38J only stay's *with* the Zero (and not beat it), and only if a) the zero has no E, b) the zero is the A6M5 variant, c) the P38L pilot uses full flaps and rides the extreme edge of the stall, and d) the zero pilot does not ride the stall (or uses flaps, as it is not advantageous for a Zero pilot to use flaps). If the Zero pilot has any E at all, he will gain 20-30 degrees real quick on you, and you will find out how durable the P38J is! And unlike its brother the P38L, a P38J can't just dive away from a Zero, as the Zero will have similar control abilities to the P38J, and the Zero A6M5 dives pretty good too.Back To Main Page