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Introduction to American Heavies - Lockheed P-38F Lightning

P-38F Guide Review Video Flight

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MagusGerhardt #1 Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:50 PM

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The Lockheed P-38F is truly a sublime aircraft to fly.  Her pilots historically considered her to be one of the best aircraft in WWII; a screaming deadly Cadillac of the skies, and this feeling is replicated here in Warplanes.  In the transition to 2.0 the Lightning retained a lot of the qualities that made her so much fun to fly from the time the American heavy line was introduced.  She's fast, has powerful accurate guns, and is very agile for a heavy fighter.  Her natural prey are slower less agile aircraft; meaning that she should prioritize eliminating enemy heavy fighters and bombers, a task for which she is well suited with her high altitude performance and agility that is retained even when operating in the red for altitude.

 

If there are none of these targets available, the Lightning is also quite capable of taking down light fighters; her cluster of four 50 cal MGs around a single cannon offers very accurate and high damage fire.  If universal MG ammo belts are used she quite often leaves a light or multirole fighter crippled and on fire if she doesn't destroy it outright.  The P-38s speed differential between her own ability and those of her targets is so great that she is difficult to engage in response if the 38's pilot maintains speed and manages energy efficiently.  She becomes an even harder target if a pair of these twin engine monsters are flighted up as wingmen and working together to eliminate targets and cover each other's tails.

 

The rest of the American heavy line tries to adhere to these general rules, though the path gets bumpy along the way to tier X.

 

Good hunting!  :honoring:


 

 

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GhostPrime #2 Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:20 PM

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Great Video, Magus!


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Zigfreid #3 Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:19 AM

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Very nice video Magus

gerr22 #4 Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:46 AM

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thanks again Magnus

 



MagusGerhardt #5 Posted 01 November 2017 - 03:47 PM

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You're welcome, everyone.  I'll keep 'em coming!  I have an entire library of guides that need updating now.  :D

 

 

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Johnny_Wishbone #6 Posted 19 November 2017 - 06:55 AM

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Great video.  Been a fan of your work, both on YouTube and in the sky, for years.

 

Also, linguistic peculiarity: The german phrase is "Gabelschwanz Teufel."  "Schwanz" is the word that means "tail," but it is also sometimes used in a euphemistic way to refer to... reproductive anatomy.  You may draw your own conclusions about possible double entendres that may or may not have been intended by German pilots when they came up with that nickname.  :trollface:


Edited by Johnny_Wishbone, 19 November 2017 - 07:04 AM.






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