View Full Version : How to fly a P-38 well

09-11-2007, 01:53 PM
Ok becides being my favorite target I have to say it's been the bain of my existance.
I love the P-38 especially the later model with it's boosted controlls and air brake.
But man every time I get into a fight I end up dead!
None of my usual tactics work with this bird!
Becides the ever unfun zoom and boom what else can i do with this goose to get some kills!

09-11-2007, 02:50 PM
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09-11-2007, 05:31 PM
cough cough
best German accent
Das new!

09-12-2007, 07:04 AM
get off the open pit servers, get on comms with someone that knows the 38, and start practicing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-14-2007, 01:09 PM
That was booring!
Ok any one have any general hints!
First person to say keep it from hitting the ground gets an a$$ kicking!

09-14-2007, 01:19 PM
Teamspeak and servers that don't alow external views. Then climb. the 38 is a big target so bouncing it from above is easy and effective, so don't let them get above you. Also it climbs like crazy so try climbing out of trouble instead of diving. Work in pairs because you can't turn. Don't dive too fast because it suffers from loss of control surface efficiency in a fast dive. Fly with a 25% fuel load. Its fuel efficient and has self sealing tanks (I think) so there's rarely a reason for a heavy fuel load. Don't be surprised if you still die. That plane gets me killed all the time.

09-14-2007, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Giantiguana20:
because you can't turn. Who told you that????

go here shahram177

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many tip on how to handle the online 38 there

09-18-2007, 07:25 AM
Thanks mate!

09-29-2007, 01:27 PM
flaps are your friend. more so in the 38 than any other fighter i know of. learn and practice useing flaps and dive break for turnning. its actualy a great turn fighter. not aginsty jap planes though. in servers like warclouds its a match for FW's even doras. in PTO servers use its speed. dont make more than half a turn unless your target is already badly wounded and you were sure there are no other enemys around.

09-29-2007, 02:14 PM
The best way to get good flying a P-38 from my own experience is to fly the J model for a long time. If you can get good at flying it, you can fly the other two for sure. Since it doesn't have boost or brakes, you must learn to actually fly and not use crutches like speed brakes. Believe me, you will get good or die.
This is what I did. The only thing you have to help is an occasional let down of the flaps.
If you dive in it be very, very careful!!