P-38 LIGHTNING VOL 1

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P-38 Lightning Vol.1: Lockheed’s XP-38 to P-38H in World War II

By David Doyle

This first of two volumes presents the P-38 story by focusing on the early models of this historic fighter—XP-38 through P-38H. Each type is examined through carefully researched archival photos, as well as photographs of currently preserved examples. Known to the enemy during World War II as the “Forked-tailed devil,” the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was piloted by those who were charged with the responsibility of escorting American bombers deep over heavily defended Europe during the early years of the air campaign against Nazi Germany. Detailed text and captions illustrate not only the design and construction of the early-war Lightnings, but also their combat use in WWII. Large, clear photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, put the reader on the airfield and in the sky with this historic aircraft. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 152 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356599 | Binding: hard cover

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  • 5
    P-38 Lightning, Volume 1

    Posted by Tom Brody on 6th Apr 2021

    P-38 Lightning Vol. 1 by David Doyle is a 112-page hardcover book. Every page is made of high quality glossy white paper. Almost every page of this book contains a 6-inch x 8-inch photograph of the P-38, or two photographs taking up a space of 6 x 8 inches. The book devotes one chapter to each of the developmental stages of the P-38, and these are: XP-38, YP-38, P-38, P-322, P-38D, P-38E, F-4, P-38F, P-38G, F-5A, and P-38H. Regarding the photos, page 20 provides a photo of the P-38-L0 being transported on a platform supported on the left and right sides by an amphibious truck. Page 29 shows the P-38D-LO, which is unusual because it has a second cockpit (with clear bubble canopy), which is installed on the left boom. All P-38 airplanes have three fuselages, a central fuselage, and a right fuselage (also called, right boom), and a left fuselage (also called, left boom). The airplane contains two engines, where each book contains one engine. Page 33 provides a close-up view of the cockpit of the P-38E. The control wheel is two thirds of a circle. The right spoke of the wheel has a trigger for the 20mm cannon. At the left side of the cockpit are cranks, levers, and switches, and these are used for controlling throttles, fuel mixture, propellers, and landing gear. Page 37 has a similar view of the cockpit, and this is for the F-4-1-LO, and the photo shows an INTERVALOMETER (this controls the rate for taking reconnaissance photos). The 19 pages provides thirtyfive color photographs, each in sharp focus, of one of the P-38F-1-LO airplanes that has the nickname, "GLACIER GIRL." The name Glacier Girl originated from the fact that it made an emergency landing in Greenland, and was buried under ice for 50 years, before it was excavated and then restored to flying condition. SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS these are. Some of these are close-up photos of the Browning M2 machine guns in the nose of Glacier Girl. Other photos are close-ups of the nose landing gear that has a torque-link mechanism. Page 82 has photos showing six P-38 airplanes being transported on the deck of the ship. The text explains that the outer wings are detached and stored elsewhere on the ship. Page 89 shows another P-38 that is dissembled in the same way, where the plane is being transported on a road running through a town in New Caledonia. MOTIVATION FOR BUYING THIS BOOK. When I lived in Wisconsin, I twice attended the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh. One of the airplanes flying was the P-38. More recently, I visited the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA, and I bought their P-38 keychain. For these reasons, I was motivated to buy Mr. Doyle's book. I also recommend Fork-Tailed Devil the P38 by Martin Caidin. Caidin's book provides details on the evolution of how the P-38 aircraft was designed, engineered, and tested.

  • 5
    P-38 Lightning, Volume 1

    Posted by Tom Brody on 4th Apr 2021

    P-38 Lightning Vol. 1 by David Doyle is a 112-page hardcover book. Every page is made of high quality glossy white paper. Almost every page of this book contains a 6-inch x 8-inch photograph of the P-38, or two photographs taking up a space of 6 x 8 inches. The book devotes one chapter to each of the developmental stages of the P-38, and these are: XP-38, YP-38, P-38, P-322, P-38D, P-38E, F-4, P-38F, P-38G, F-5A, and P-38H. Regarding the photos, page 20 provides a photo of the P-38-L0 being transported on a platform supported on the left and right sides by an amphibious truck. Page 29 shows the P-38D-LO, which is unusual because it has a second cockpit (with clear bubble canopy), which is installed on the left boom. All P-38 airplanes have three fuselages, a central fuselage, and a right fuselage (also called, right boom), and a left fuselage (also called, left boom). The airplane contains two engines, where each book contains one engine. Page 33 provides a close-up view of the cockpit of the P-38E. The control wheel is two thirds of a circle. The right spoke of the wheel has a trigger for the 20mm cannon. At the left side of the cockpit are cranks, levers, and switches, and these are used for controlling throttles, fuel mixture, propellers, and landing gear. Page 37 has a similar view of the cockpit, and this is for the F-4-1-LO, and the photo shows an INTERVALOMETER (this controls the rate for taking reconnaissance photos). The 19 pages provides thirtyfive color photographs, each in sharp focus, of one of the P-38F-1-LO airplanes that has the nickname, "GLACIER GIRL." The name Glacier Girl originated from the fact that it made an emergency landing in Greenland, and was buried under ice for 50 years, before it was excavated and then restored to flying condition. SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS these are. Some of these are close-up photos of the Browning M2 machine guns in the nose of Glacier Girl. Other photos are close-ups of the nose landing gear that has a torque-link mechanism. Page 82 has photos showing six P-38 airplanes being transported on the deck of the ship. The text explains that the outer wings are detached and stored elsewhere on the ship. Page 89 shows another P-38 that is dissembled in the same way, where the plane is being transported on a road running through a town in New Caledonia. MOTIVATION FOR BUYING THIS BOOK. When I lived in Wisconsin, I twice attended the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh. One of the airplanes flying was the P-38. More recently, I visited the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA, and I bought their P-38 keychain. For these reasons, I was motivated to buy Mr. Doyle's book. I also recommend Fork-Tailed Devil the P38 by Martin Caidin. Caidin's book provides details on the evolution of how the P-38 aircraft was designed, engineered, and tested.

  • 5
    P-38 Lightning, Volume 1

    Posted by Tom Brody on 1st Apr 2021

    P-38 Lightning Vol. 1 by David Doyle is a 112-page hardcover book. Every page is made of high quality glossy white paper. Almost every page of this book contains a 6-inch x 8-inch photograph of the P-38, or two photographs taking up a space of 6 x 8 inches. The book devotes one chapter to each of the developmental stages of the P-38, and these are: XP-38, YP-38, P-38, P-322, P-38D, P-38E, F-4, P-38F, P-38G, F-5A, and P-38H. Regarding the photos, page 20 provides a photo of the P-38-L0 being transported on a platform supported on the left and right sides by an amphibious truck. Page 29 shows the P-38D-LO, which is unusual because it has a second cockpit (with clear bubble canopy), which is installed on the left boom. All P-38 airplanes have three fuselages, a central fuselage, and a right fuselage (also called, right boom), and a left fuselage (also called, left boom). The airplane contains two engines, where each book contains one engine. Page 33 provides a close-up view of the cockpit of the P-38E. The control wheel is two thirds of a circle. The right spoke of the wheel has a trigger for the 20mm cannon. At the left side of the cockpit are cranks, levers, an switches, and these are used for controlling throttles, fuel mixture, propellers, and landing gear. Page 37 has a similar view of the cockpit, and this is for the F-4-1-LO, and the photo shows an INTERVALOMETER (this controls the rate for taking reconnaissance photos). The 19 pages provides thirtyfive color photographs, each in sharp focus, of one of the P-38F-1-LO airplanes that has the nickname, "GLACIER GIRL." The name Glacier Girl originated from the fact that it made an emergency landing in Greenland, and was buried under ice for 50 years, before it was excavated and then restored to flying condition. SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS these are. Some of these are close-up photos of the Browning M2 machine guns in the nose of Glacier Girl. Other photos are close-ups of the nose landing grea that has a torque-link mechanism. Page 82 has photos showing six P-38 airplanes being transported on the deck of the ship. The text explains that the outer wings are detached and stored elsewhere on the ship. Page 89 shows another P-38 that is dissembled in the same way, where the plane is being transported on a road running through a town in New Caledonia. MOTIVATION FOR BUYING THIS BOOK. When I lived in Wisconsin, I twice attended the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh. One of the airplanes flying was the P-38. More recently, I visited the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA, and I bought their P-38 keychain. For these reasons, I was motivated to buy Mr. Doyle's book. I also recommend Fork-Tailed Devil the P38 by Martin Caidin. Caidin's book provides details on the evolution of how the P-38 aircraft was designed, engineered, and tested.