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Thread: Is there such a thing as a 3-seater P-38?

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    Default Re: Is there such a thing as a 3-seater P-38?

    Yeah, great pix, cheers..

    Poor ol' P-38 really got benched in the ETO, dumped for the hot Merlin pony in air-superiority,
    but then couldn't cut it in mud-moving against the Jug,
    & ended up relegated [not too successfully, at that either] to the B-26 role..

    Should've maybe just on-shipped 'em to the PTO, where their limitations weren't too bleedin' obvious, eh?

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    Default Re: Is there such a thing as a 3-seater P-38?

    They had horrible reliability problems in the ETO with the high altitude and cold. Pilot comfort, turbos and engines. By the time later models solved a lot of them it was too late, it's role had changed. It did good in Africa and great in the pacific where it's benefits of firepower, a second fan and range really made it shine.

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    Default Re: Is there such a thing as a 3-seater P-38?

    Critical Mach/compressibility/low Vne issue was never sorted to compete with ETO rivals though, was it..

    Not so much of an issue in PTO,- although even there, P-51s did bounce 'em for the Iwo Jima B-29 escort gig..

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    Default Re: Is there such a thing as a 3-seater P-38?

    The compressibility issue was pretty much un-solvable without major airframe improvements i.e. new wing, etc. Not practical. The dive brake solution helped keep it out of the speed range but forget to push that button and...
    In the PTO they didn't fight at such high altitudes so the problem was not as pronounced.
    By the time the mustang took over the escort for the B-29's it had evolved into a better plane for the job (or at a minimum, equal) than the Lightning IMHO.
    The P-38 though was the sexiest looking and sounding plane produced I think.
    Had to have something going for it as several of our top aces rode it into combat.

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    Default Re: Is there such a thing as a 3-seater P-38?

    Indeed, some PTO Lightning jockeys did rack up impressive scores..

    My pick for 'sexy' piston twin engine fighter though? D-H Hornet..

    http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.o...et/Hornet.html

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