The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was
used in many roles throughout the Second World War, becoming a
fighter, escort and
interceptor. It had the rare ability to fly at high altitudes
and choose when it wanted to attack.
The aircraft performed dive-bombing, level bombing, ground
strafing and photographic reconnaissance. It could fly with
great manoeuvrability at a ceiling of 12,192 meters, and at
speeds between 442 and 666 kilometres per hour. With the
addition of droppable fuel tanks, the aircraft could also fly on
In the Pacific, the P-38 could fly faster, turn faster at
high altitudes, and dive faster than the Japanese Zero, even
out-performing the P-47 when it was developed and used during
the Second World War.