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Tundra75
06-01-2007, 04:03 PM
Was there really dive brakes on the P-38 that was operaiting in europe and/or pacific?

I heard a story of the "quick fitting" kits that was shipped to europe and pacific on a ship that german subs put on the sea bottom...I am not sure about this, but i think the later edition was fitted with dive-brakes, but they never left the US....

Anyone knows better than me on this subject??

Tundra75
06-01-2007, 04:03 PM
Was there really dive brakes on the P-38 that was operaiting in europe and/or pacific?

I heard a story of the "quick fitting" kits that was shipped to europe and pacific on a ship that german subs put on the sea bottom...I am not sure about this, but i think the later edition was fitted with dive-brakes, but they never left the US....

Anyone knows better than me on this subject??

msalama
06-01-2007, 04:23 PM
Take a look at this:

http://www.p-38online.com/p38j.html

Longpo
06-01-2007, 07:03 PM
"The P-38J resolved the intercooler efficiency problems of the earlier subtypes via the use of a core type intercooler in the forward nacelle chin. While prototypes were being tested in early 1943, P-38H production continued. The new nacelle chin provided increased oil cooling capacity, and automatic control of the intercooler vent, resulting in the full availability of the 1,600 HP War Emergency rating of the F-17 powerplant. Other design changes were introduced, including enlarged glycol radiators in the tail booms, in later build aircraft additional outboard leading edge tanks, and two major control system changes. These were hydraulically boosted ailerons which decreased control forces by a factor of six, and electrically actuated dive flaps under the wings which cured the dive compressibility problems. The latter were fitted standard from the P-38J-25-LO, sadly almost all retrofit kits intended for earlier P-38J subtypes were lost in a friendly fire incident in early 1944, thereby delaying the introduction of this important modification to theatre units by several months. Curiously, the modification entered production as a kit in late 1943, yet was not incorporated into production aircraft for another six months, until the P-38J-25-LO, although some P-38J-10/15-LO aircraft were retrofitted in the field."

http://home.att.net/~ww2aviation/P-38-2.html (http://home.att.net/%7Eww2aviation/P-38-2.html)

The first of the kits were being flown over in a transport plane, unfortunately it was shot down by the RAF on route.