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      Giant Scale Lockheed P-38 Lightning Plans and Templates

Up for sale is a Set of Giant Scale Lockheed P-38 Lightning plans & template.  C ontains 5 very detail Sheets. Template/Patterns sheet show all wing ribs, formers and bulkhead to complete this aircraft. The plans are set up for 6 channels   with flaps & retracts. Plane constructed of balsa & plywood and designed for gas engine. Every Attention to Detail are in these plans.

The Files can be taken to any blueprint shop and fill sized drawings can be printed for about $2.00 per sheet. Plans will be deliedered via email..

Scale: 2.2"=1'

Wingspan: 114 in.

Wing area: 1,590 SQ. in.

Fuselage length: 83 in.

Weight: 38-42 LBS.

Engine: 2.2 -3.7 c.i. GAS

 

 

                                   HISTORY

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II American fighter aircraft built by Lockheed . Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a single, central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Named "fork-tailed devil" by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese, this unique aircraft was used in a number of different roles including dive bombing , level bombing , ground strafing , photo reconnaissance missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings. The P-38 was used most successfully in the Pacific Theater of Operations and the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations as the mount of America's top aces , Richard Bong (40 victories) and Thomas McGuire (38 victories). In the South West Pacific theater , the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of United States Army Air Forces until the appearance of large numbers of P-51D Mustangs toward the end of the war. The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in active production throughout the duration of American involvement in the war, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day . Lockheed designed the P-38 in response to a February 1937 specification from the United States Army Air Corps . Circular Proposal X-608 was a set of aircraft performance goals authored by First Lieutenant Benjamin S. Kelsey (later Brigadier General ) and First Lieutenant Gordon Saville (later General ) for a twin-engine, high-altitude interceptor aircraft having "the tactical mission of interception and attack of hostile aircraft at high altitude” Kelsey recalled in 1977 that he and Saville drew up the specification using the word "interceptor" as a way to bypass the inflexible Army Air Corps requirement for pursuit aircraft to carry no more than 500 lb (227 kg) of armament including ammunition, as well as the restriction of single-seat aircraft to one engine. Kelsey was looking for a minimum of 1,000 lb (454 kg) of armament. Specifications called for a maximum airspeed of at least 360 mph (580 km/h) at altitude, and a climb to 20,000 ft (6,100 m) within six minutes, the toughest set of specifications USAAC had presented to that date. The unbuilt Vultee XP1015 was designed to the same requirement, but was not advanced enough to merit further investigation. A similar single-engine proposal was issued at the same time: Circular Proposal X-609, in response to which the Bell P-39 Airacobra was designed. Both proposals required liquid-cooled Allison V-1710 engines with turbo superchargers and tricycle landing gear . The Lockheed design team, under the direction of Hall Hibbard and Clarence "Kelly" Johnson , considered a range of twin-engine configurations including both engines in a central fuselage with push-pull propellers.