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fighter
one
Allison V-1710-27/29
2- V 1,425 hp ea.
12,780 lbs.
21,600 lbs.
2,496 lbs.
4,000 lbs.
1- 20 mm
4- .50 cal.
ten
37' 10"
52' 0"
186 mph
414 mph
2,460 fpm
44,000 feet
2,260 miles
1/27/39
1941






P-38 Lightning for sale on eBay.

The P-38 Lightning for sale on eBay has a wingspan of 51 1/2" and length is 38 1/2". It is of all wood construction. For engine power you will need a pair of .12 two strokes. For motor power a pair of 400 size brushless motors will do the trick. Weight of the P-38 Lightning for sale is around 4 lbs.

P-38 Lightning aircraft were the only U.S. fighter planes produced throughout World War II and the first U.S. fighter planes to have a top speed of over 400 mph.



Phase 3 P-38 Lightning for sale.

The P-38 Lightning for sale from Phase 3. Wingspan is 42" with length 21". Included are brushless motors and controllers. RTF weight is around 26 oz.

The P-38 Lightning gained fame in the hands of Major Richard Bong. Major Bong became the highest scoring American ace of World War II with 40 victories.



The P-38 Lightning for sale from GWS.

The P-38 Lightning for sale from GWS wing span is 47", length is 33 1/2" and weight, ready to fly, is 25 oz. Included are a pair of BL 2208 brushless motors.

In 1939, during an attempt to set a transcontinental speed record from California to New York, Lt. Ben Kelsey made an emergency landing in his P-38 Lightning, just short of its final destination. The engines had quit on final approach to the airport due to carburetor icing. The aircraft was destroyed; however Kelsey escaped with minor injuries. Despite the accident, the Army contracted with Lockheed to begin production of the aircraft.



The P-38 Lightning for sale from E-flite.

The P-38 Lightning for sale from E-Flite is an ARF that has a wingspan of 48" with a length of 35". The 2 1/2 lb. ready to fly model needs a pair of 450 type motors for power.

To try to cure high speed elevator flutter, Lockheed affixed mass balances to the middle of the elevator of the P-38. This dampened, but did not cure the flutter. Although it was later found out that the flutter was due to the disturbance of air coming from the joint of the root of the wing and the center fuselage section, the balances continued to be installed on all the aircraft.



Ray Hariss and his rc P-38 Lightning.

Ray Harris built his rc P-38 Lightning from plans for sale at Nick Ziroli Plans. It has a 114" wingspan. Suggested power comes from 2 x 38 - 52 cc gas engines.

During high speed dives, the controls of the P-38 Lightning would become unmovable at higher altitudes. This was known as "compressibility stall." If a pilot had the nerve to stay with the aircraft, without bailing out, until it reached the denser air of lower altitudes, the problem would usually right itself. Eventually a number of aerodynamic changes made to the aircraft would cure the problem, primarily putting dive flaps on the bottom center line of the wings.



P-38 Lightning for sale from Ripmax.

The P-38 Lightning for sale from Ripmax is a ARF made from foam and plastic. Wingspan is 42" and length is 21". The P-38 Lightning for sale comes with a pair of 21L brushless motors and weighs 29 oz.

If the P-38 Lightning lost an engine on takeoff, the torque of the working propeller would roll the aircraft towards it. This is just the opposite of aircraft with both propellers rotating in the same direction. To compensate for losing an engine during takeoff, the pilot had to feather the propeller of the non-running engine, cut the power of the working one, and then gradually apply power until the plane was flying straight.

Uncle Willies Plans has a P-38 Lightning for sale. The wingspan is 94". Propelling it are 2 x .60 - 2c engines.



P-38 Lightning for sale by HobbyKing.

We received the following email: "There is a 1.4m wingspan epo foam P-38 Lightning for sale available on the HobbyKing website which has great detail and fully retractable landing gear! I've got it and I love it!! Cheers. Dan from Essex England"

The P-38 Lightning for sale by HobbyKing and also Banana Hobby has a wingspan of 55" and length of 40". It is made from EPO foam and includes motors, controllers, servos, and retractable landing gear. Weight is about 2 1/2 lbs.

At RC Groups, fred-n began a thread in October of 2009 about the P-38 Lightning for sale by Banana Hobby, pictured above. The discussion is still going strong today. If you are considering this warbird, you will definitely benefit from checking out the thread.

There is another P-38 Lightning for sale at Banana Hobby. It has a 57" wingspan and 41" length, is made from EPO foam, and includes flaps, landing gear, motors and controllers.


Machine guns in the nose of early Lockheed P-38 Lightnings tended to jam due to crooked belt feeds. Newer models had their machine gun muzzles sticking out of the nose in a staggered manner, thus having straight belt feeds and curing the problem.

We received the following email from Joe Meyers, P-38 pilot and manager of Operation Bolero, P-38 Lightning recovery and restoration group:
"Two things about your site, which is very good. Major Bong was the top American ace of all time. I have been involved with P-38's, their history, restoration, etc., for 30 years and never heard of early P-38 guns jamming."

Thank you for writing Joe. We have found several references in books and around the Web about early P-38 guns jamming, but can't confirm their authenticity.

Guillow's has a toy-like two channel foamy P-38 Lightning for sale that comes ready to fly (RTF). Its wingspan is 19" and length is 13 1/2".

A total of 9,942 Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of all types were manufactured, with the final aircraft delivered in September of 1945.

There is a P-38 Lightning for sale at Amazon. It comes ready to fly and has a 40 1/2" wingspan.

For those who like scale plastic models, Debbies RC World has a P-38 Lightning for sale as a scale plastic model kit.

We found yet another P-38 Lightning for sale on eBay. This one is giant scale with a 90" wingspan.

Raidentech appears to have the same 90" wingspan P-38 Lightning for sale as above.

Flying Styro has a nice looking P-38 Lightning for sale. It is a ARF foamy that has a 44" wingspan with a 30" length and needs a pair of 400 size motors for power. Weight is around 1 1/2 lbs.

JR Models has a P-38 Lightning for sale. It is made from foam with a wingspan of 48" and a length of 35". They recommend a pair of Park 450 BL motors to power the 2 1/2 lb. model.

Blitz Works has a larger foamy P-38 Lightning for sale. It comes ready to fly. Wingspan is 55 1/2" and length is 40 1/2". Included are a pair of 1150 kv brushless motors.

Arrowind has a P-38 Lightning for sale. It is a profile model made from depron and comes ready tofly. It has a wingspan of 45" and a length of 29". Included are a pair of Towerpro 2408 motors. Weight is about 19 oz.

S&B Model Aircraft has a P-38 Lightning for sale with a 53" wingspan. Its fuselage is made from EPP and wings are foam sheeted. Weight is about 2 lbs. It needs a pair of 400 size motors for power.

There is a P-38 Lightning for sale from VQ Model. Its wingspan is 83" and length is 57 1/2". The ARF is made from balsa and plywood. To power it you will need a pair of .40 to .46 two stroke or .52 to .70 four stroke engines.  All up weight is from 14 1/2 to 16 1/2 lbs.

CMP has a P-38 Lightning for sale. Wingspan of the giant scale ARF is 90" and suggested power can be 2 x .52 - 2c or 2 x .61 - 4c engines.

Kondor Model Products has a P-38 Lightning for sale as a kit. It has a 86" wingspan. Suggested power comes from 2 x .58 - 2c or 2 x .70 4c engines.

Yellow Aircraft also has a P-38 Lightning for sale as a kit. Wingspan is 80". Suggested power can be two Supertiger 3000's, Moki 1.8's or 2.1's, or two O.S. BGX engines.

Greg Covey of RC Universe wrote an article all about a rc P-38 Lightning. The article is very informative and should be read by anyone considering purchasing a rc P-38 Lightning.

At RC Universe wojtek started a thread about a rc P-38 Lightning that has some good information.

At RC Universe rtarcher posted a link to a page with information about a rc P-38 Lightning.

Pupster of RC Universe posted a link to a website showing his constructing a rc P-38 Lightning that should be of value.

You can find a video and description of a rc P-38 Lightning at Family Home.com.

BandDButton or RC Groups was looking for a P-38 Lightning for sale.

Coastwatcher of RC Groups posted pictures and a description of his rc P-38 Lightning for everyone to see.

Anyone looking for P-38 Lightning plans, check out RC Groups where SGTalon posted his plans for a rc P-38 Lighting.

At RC Groups lessram started a thread showing the construction of his rc P-38 Lightning. Check it out.

Frank Davidson built his rc P-38 Lightning for sale from a kit by Yellow Aircraft. It has a wingspan of 102", is powered by ZDZ40 engines, and weighs around 33 lbs.

Ron Kendricks scratch built his rc P-38 Lightning. It has a 98" wingspan, is 70" long, and is powered by G38 engines. Weight is around 29 lbs.

Stevie Lawrence has a 82" wingspan rc P-38 Lightning. He uses Saito 72 engines for power. Weight is about 14 lbs.

Chuck Richards built a rc P-38 Lightning with a 85" wingspan that uses OS70 engine power. Weight is around 15 lbs.

Stan Knolls put together his rc P-38 Lightning from plans for sale by Nick Ziroli. Its wingspan is 114" with power by a pair of G 62 engines. Weight is about 47 lbs.

Bill Gregory has a great flying rc P-38 Lightning with a wingspan of 80".

Mary Beckman has a rc P-38 Lightning. The giant scale model has a 106" wingspan and powered by ST 2500 engines.

Dale Berman built his rc P-38 Lightning that has a 112" wingspan, is powered by G62 engines, and weighs around 50 lbs.

Steve Thompson's rc P-38 Lightning has a 75" wingspan. Power comes from .70 4C engines.

Bill Michaels rc P-38 Lightning was built from a kit for sale by KMP. It has a 86" wingspan and uses a pair of Saito .65 engines for power. Weight is around 14 lbs.

Tom Marklarus used plans to construct his rc P-38 Lightning. It has a wingspan of 10' 5" and weighs around 50 lbs. It is powered by DA 50 engines.

Tim Crosby built his rc P-38 Lightning from a kit for sale by Yellow Aircraft. It has a 100" wingspan. Tim powers his radio control airplane with 3W24 engines. It weighs in at around 35 lbs.

Larry Rogers has a rc P-38 Lightning with a 110" wingspan powered by G62 engines that weighs 40 lbs.

Hal Rayson built a rc P-38 Lightning with a wingspan of 116". G45 engines power the approximately 54 lb. model radio control airplane.

Frank Ginochio's rc P-38 Lightning has a wingspan of 100" with Moki 1.8 engines powering it. Weight is about 30 lbs.

John Caracci has a new rc P-38 Lightning with a 10 foot wingspan. He uses 3W engines to power the 50 lb. giant scale rc airplane.

Dan Garrison has a 116" wingspan rc P-38 Lightning. It weighs around 55 lbs. and uses G62 engines.

Michael Dean's rc P-38 Lightning has a wingspan of 100" power is by Supertiger 2500 engines. Weight is around 35 lbs.

Ben Wolf built a rc P-38 Lightning that has a 102" wingspan, has G38 engines, and weighs 32 lbs.

Frank Gonzales has a rc P-38 Lightning. Wingspan is 110", power is from G45 engines, and weight is around 45 lbs.

Ken Laino built a P-38 Lightning from plans for sale by Ziroli. Its wingspan is 114", with G 45 engines supplying the power. All up weight is around 41 lbs.

HansThunderbolt posted a video of the maiden flight of his rc P-38 Lightning on YouTube.

On YouTube poolstudio1 posted a video of his newly purchased rc P-38 Lightning RTF.

Flyboy258 posted a video of a rc P-38 Lightning losing one engine and spinning into the ground at YouTube.

Tuckie_JG52 posted a video at Metacafe of a rc P-38 Lightning doing aerobatics.

At Metacafe doglover115014 posted a video of a giant scale rc P-38 Lightning.

If you know of another P-38 Lightning for sale, please email us.