Re: Lockheed P-38L
- From: Rob Arndt <teuton263@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:33:51 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 9, 3:28�pm, Rob Arndt <teuton...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Dec 9, 12:10 pm, guy <guyswetten...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 9 Dec, 19:47, Bill Shatzer <ww...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Dec 9, 5:05 am, Rob Arndt <teuton...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
RobI belive F-5 was the designation for reconissance P-38s
But the photo depicts a "droop snoot" P-38 and not a photo recon bird..
I think there has been a mis-reply to Robs earlier F-15 post...
The pic IS of a P-38L with droopsnoot, just as the J-model had them:
P-38L, TP-38L (Model 422) (Consolidated, Lockheed) 1944 = Final
production, some with rocket launchers. High-altitude model similar to
P-38J but with 1600hp V-1710; load: 4700# v: 414/x/105 range: 450
ceiling: 44,000'. POP: 3,923 by Lockheed [44-23769/27258,
-53008/53327] and 113 by Consolidated-Vultee in Nashville TN
[43-50226/50338], included conversions to F-5E/G, and TP-38L 2p
trainer. Also, as with P-38J (qv), served as "Pathfinder" bomb-aimer,
aka "Droop snoot."
~ Aerofiles, Lockheed
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Actually, in this case Aerofiles is mistaken.
This is a P-38J modified:
[upper] In the spring of 1944, the "Droop-snoot" first made its
appearance. This ship, a converted P-38J had a complete bombardier's
station built into the nose. This plane would act as the lead ship on
level bombing missions. [80th Fighter Squadron Assoc.]
[lower] In March 1944 the 20th Fighter Group adopted group markings
with the addition of yellow spinners and forward engine nacelles.
These markings were also added to the Droop-snoot flown by the outfit.