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Lockheed P-38 Lightning (Crowood Aviation) [Hardcover]

Jerry Scutts

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24 Feb 2006 Crowood Aviation
Lightning was one of the best-named aircraft of World War 2. The Lockheed P-38 was also one of the few fighters in production throughout hostilities. Immediately recognizable by its twin-boom tail layout, the P-38 Lightning was one of the mainstays of the USAAF's fighter inventory. Deployed in all theaters, Lightnings excelled in most, being one of the few American fighters armed with cannon. Subject to lengthy development throughout the war, the P-38 exemplified the technical peak reached by aeronautical engineers in the 1940s.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; First Edition edition (24 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861267703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861267702
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 21.7 x 28.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerry Scutts has spent many years in journalism including a stint with the UK Civil Aviation Authority. As a full-time author since the 1980s he has written nearly sixty books dealing with aviation in WW2, Korea and Vietnam. Jerry has also written on his secondary interest, naval history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 14 April 2008
By A. Stackhouse - Published on
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Every little detail about the P-38 is in this book. This book does not just give a quick and dirty overview... it gives specific detail about all aspects of this warbird from the XP version up until the M nightfighter. Great photos to go along with the text. I read through this book in only a few days. The only downside (and its probably because I'm a girl) is that there were a few times where I wasn't sure what something was (i.e. the word aileron); however, that is what a dictionary is for. This book taught me lots about my fav. warbird. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about the P-38 (almost) 24 Jun 2011
By Jonathan Lupton - Published on
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There is something about the P-38 Lightning that excites the inner child. Its eccentric-yet-attractive layout epitomized grace and speed in a way that few aircraft from its era could match. The Lightning was exceptionally fast when it first flew in early 1939, and entered World War II as the Army Air Force's only competitive fighter aircraft. Long before the P-47 Thunderbolt or P-51B Mustang were in service, the Lightning was providing fighter cover over North Africa, defending airfields from the Aleutians to Guadalcanal and New Guinea, and escorting bombers to targets - and even striking targets - beyond the range of any other Allied day fighter.

Yet the P-38 was hindered by problems. Compressibility made high-speed dives unacceptably dangerous in early versions. There were engine problems in the subzero high altitudes over northern Europe. Yet even in the roles that challenged it the most, including photo-reconnaissance over the contested skies of occupied Europe, and escorting Eighth Air Force's `heavies' against determined Luftwaffe opposition, the Lightning provided vital services.

Author Jerry Scutts describes the Lightning's design and history in a work of nice quality, with plenty of photographs, informative tables, and supplemental text boxes. He balances admiration for the Lightning's innovative nature with an astute understanding of its limitations. He gives adequate covering to all the different theaters of war, and the numerous combat and reconnaissance roles the Lightning served. The narrative delivers a fine balance between readability and technical detail. There are multiple appendices listing P-38 groups and squadrons, keys to aircraft serial numbers, a glossary, and more. You should only pick this title if you have a serious interest. That said, this is the best, more comprehensive account of the P-38 Lightning I have yet read.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lightning quick scan 7 Dec 2010
By Jim A. Looman - Published on
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a well detailed book on one of the fastest WW2 fighter planes

God bless those WW2 vets! there arent many remaining

the book was rec by a B&N store that was out.
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