"It was a marveleous aircraft! It was the best aircraft I flew in the war by far. I never flew the P-51, it's been one of my life's regrets, but I flew just about everything else there was. I liked the P-38's rate of climb, it's speed, the way it handled, and it's firepower directly out the nose. The P-38 would turn with almost anything, in fact it would out turn the P-47, out climb it, and out maneuver it. The P-38 was one of the great aircraft of WWII."...Charles MacDonald

"On my first confrontation with the P-38, I was astonished to find an American aircraft that could outrun, outclimb, and outdive our Zero which we thought was the most superior fighter plane in the world. The Lightning's great speed, it's sensational high altitude performance, and especially it's ability to dive and climb much faster than the Zero presented insuperable problems for our fliers. The P-38 pilots, flying at great height, chose when and where they wanted to fight with disastrous results for our own men. The P-38 boded ill for the future and destroyed the morale of the Zero fighter Pilot."...Saburo Sakai, Japanese Ace

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P-38 Lightning:  Online 1.5
Created By:  Thomas Guettler
Last Updated:  August 22, 2001

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