View Full Version : good exchange on the p38

03-08-2004, 01:38 PM
P38 Readage (http://www.yarchive.net/mil/p38.html)

03-08-2004, 01:38 PM
P38 Readage (http://www.yarchive.net/mil/p38.html)

03-08-2004, 01:55 PM
Good read. It makes me love the P-38 the more I read about it, and the more I fly it only confirms it.


03-08-2004, 02:06 PM
Wow http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
What a wealth of info!! Great find Nagual! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Can't wait to install AEP tonight... and take the 38 up for a spin. 53 minutes to go until 5PM!

03-08-2004, 02:09 PM
The best target of WWII in light that rookie luftwaffe pilots were attacking P38 in favor of any other plane.

If you look at kill ratio, the best fighter would be the brewster buffalo. If you look at service career it would be the BF109. If you look at range, P51, multirole, FW190, dogfighter, yak3.

You can't say that this plane is the best one around, there are too many factors. Folks also tend to place the machine out of operation context, which is a mistake when evaluating if a plane is good or not...

P38 could win the palm of "cool plane" but I am afraid that's all it could win in 43-44-45. When it entered service, however, it was one of the best prop fighters.

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03-08-2004, 02:17 PM
Funny how one quote from one (dubious) source becomes the rule of law. A little homework on that quote - about rookies going after 38s - reveals quite alot of grey area. Including the fact that the pilot responsible for it (galland, I believe) was nearly shot down in an intense dogfight with one (he in a dora - 38 had to disengage due to fuel) - and the story was confirmed by both parties when they met years later. Not saying the 38 wasn't hard to drive well - likely resulting in it often being vulnerable..but.

03-08-2004, 03:01 PM
yes, of course, the p38 was the best plane of world war 2 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif