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92289 F-5C Lightning Rs Models

92289 F-5C Lightning Rs Models

The F-5 Photo version were based on the P-38G and P-38J models. It was the most important PR aircraft of the Second World War. It could carry a wide variety of cameras, with some aircraft carrying up to six cameras. From the F-5C-1 onwards, the majority of F-5 Photo Lightnings were conversions rather than purpose built. 128 F-5C-1s were converted from the P-38J-5.

The Lockheed P-38J Lightning  was an American long-range twin-engine heavy fighter, used during the Second World War by the RAF and the United States (AAC/AAF).[1] When it appeared in 1939, it was a revolutionary aircraft, extremely innovative, thanks above all to the twin-spar fuselage, the two Allison V-engines with turbochargers inside the tail booms and the front tricycle landing gear.[1] The pilot sat in a large cockpit with excellent visibility, but the cockpit was scorching in the summer and freezing at high altitudes in any season and at any latitude. The plane was very stable thanks to the two engines which, turning in the opposite direction, eliminated the tendency to yaw, typical of single-engine propeller fighters, even if the Allison engines were delicate and unreliable.

The plane flew at the end of the 1930s and one example was lost because in a dive it reached over 840 km/h, going into a high Mach number compressibility regime due to its thinness; this problem, which led to the loss of effectiveness of the flight controls, was also found on other aircraft (e.g. on the P-47). In 1939, it flew from coast to coast across the United States in just 7 hours and 2 minutes with only two refueling stops, a performance that was unbelievable at the time.[1] The P-38 was probably the quietest fighter in history, as its exhausts were muffled by the General Electric turbos of the two Allison engines, and it was forgiving of many piloting errors, but its roll rate was too low for it to excel as a fighter from aerial duels. A total of 9,942 examples were produced. Curiously, this modern and powerful propeller-driven fighter became the last victim shot down by a fighter biplane – an Italian Fiat C.R.42 – in history.