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P-38 Lightning 1941 Year 1/48 Scale Decal Print Scale 48-037

Theme: Decals

Era : 1939-1945 WWII

Scale : 1/48

Material : Paper

Series: Decals set

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" ("Lightning") (eng. Lockheed P-38 Lightning) is an American heavy twin-engine fighter. Developed in accordance with the concept of a heavy high-altitude fighter, put forward by the US Army Aviation in 1937. It was used as a long-range escort fighter, attack aircraft and reconnaissance aircraft.
The P-38 had an unusual design - the aircraft was implemented according to a two-beam scheme with a cockpit and weapons located in a gondola between them. The Luftwaffe pilots called this aircraft "the devil with a forked tail" (der Gabelschwanz-Teufel), and the Japanese dubbed it "two planes, one pilot" (2飛行機、1パイロット Ni hikōki, ippairotto). In addition to being used as a fighter, the P-38 was used for a variety of other tasks: dive bombing and level flight, strikes against ground targets, night operations, photographic reconnaissance. In the Pacific theater of operations, it was often used as a long-range escort fighter (for this, additional drop tanks were attached under the wings).
The first modifications of the P-38 earned a controversial reputation. On the one hand, the aircraft was tenacious and forgiving many piloting mistakes, on the other hand, it had a very significant drawback - the P-38 was extremely unstable at high speeds when diving vertically. When a certain speed was reached, the withdrawal of the machine from a dive became almost impossible, which led to an excess of the tensile strength, and the P-38 lost its tail.