The legendary P-38 "Lightning" revolutionized aviation history in
World War II. Designed by a skilled team of engineers led by
Clarence Johnson and Hal Hibbard, the P-38 was the only American
fighter that was continually produced from before Pearl Harbor in
1941 to after the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Over 9,900 P-38s were built, 3,810 of which were the superior P-38L
variant. Revered by its foes as the "fork tailed devil", the P-38
excelled as a fighter, interceptor, reconnaissance platform, long
range escort, and as a ground attack aircraft. The P-38 Lightning
was flown by the top four higher scoring American Aces in World War
The aircraft also famously shot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's
aircraft during "Operation Vengeance" on April 18, 1943.
FlightLineRC's P-38L Lightning is a 1600mm wingspan, semi-scale
flying replica molded from EPO foam. FlightLineRC's P-38 represents
the pinnacle of engineering for a foam electric P-38. It is the
largest mass-produced foam electric P-38 in the world, with a high
level of quality and scale fidelity. We know our customers have
been waiting for a large P-38 with good size, clean wiring, and
scale lines. The wait is over, it's here!
This P-38 was designed for easy operation. Its outer wings
disassemble with four screws for convenient transportation and
allowing the aircraft to sit on all three wheels without the outer
wings attached. The horizontal stabilizer can also be removed with
screws for maintenance or replacement. FlightLineRC's P-38
Lightning features durable electronic retractable landing gear,
five sequenced servo driven landing gear doors, day-bright LEDs,
machine gun details, plastic nose cone and cowls, four flaps,
accurate canopy and nacelle shape, and other scale details. The
correct wing dihedral and other scale profiles were precisely
modeled to produce an accurate P-38 shape which honors this
historic warbird. Each rudder is directly controlled by its own
servo. The cockpit layout accommodates a wide range of 4S 14.8v
Li-Po batteries with ample space for electronics, all accessible
under the long magnetic hatch cover which spans almost the entire
length of the pilot's nacelle. To ensure a high degree of
structural rigidity, the entire model was designed around a special
framework of carbon rods and reinforcement points. This framework
strengthens the aircraft during high speed maneuvers, while still
providing a gentle and forgiving flying behavior.
The stock PNP version is equipped with two 3748 brushless outrunner
motors and two 12x7 3-blade counter-rotating propellers for the
perfect scale appearance. With the recommended 4S 14.8v 5000mAh
(one battery per side or a single battery with your series
adapter), the P-38 boasts sufficient power for large consecutive
loops and a level top speed of 81mph.
The P-38 is offered in two color schemes, "Pacific Silver" and
"Allied Green". The "Pacific Silver" scheme includes four decal
sets from the 431st Squadron led by Medal of Honor recipient Thomas
McGuire. The "Allied Green" scheme includes four decal sets from
various squadrons in Europe and other theaters.
Choose which decal set you want to apply to make your P-38 unique
among your friends! The decals are "peel and stick", made with a
very thin adhesive vinyl which is easy to apply and does not
require water. Click Here to see an image of the decal manual
(hover over and click on the image for a detailed view).
Scale profile, accurate wing diherdral, and precisely modeled
overall aircraft proportions