Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

The Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning was an American long-range fighter developed during World War II.

Although derived from the successful P-38 Lightning, the XP-58 was plagued by technical problems with its engines that eventually led to the project’s cancellation.

One only built.

Specifications

Crew

Two

Length

49 ft 5.5 in (15.07 m)

Wingspan

70 ft 0 in (21.34 m)

Height

16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)

Wing area

600 sq ft (55.7 m2)

Empty weight

31,624 lb (14,344 kg)

Max take-off weight

39,192 lb (17,777 kg)

Powerplant

2 × Allison V-3420 24 cylinder liquid-cooled engine, 3,000 hp (2,238 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed

436 mph (702 km/h, 379 kn) at 25,000 ft (7,620 m)

Cruise speed

283 mph (455 km/h, 246 kn)

Range

2,650 mi (4,265 km, 2,304 nmi)

Service ceiling

38,200 ft (11,645 m)

Rate of climb

2,582 ft/min (13.1 m/s)

Armament

Guns

(proposed)

4 × 37 mm (1.46 in) M4 cannons or 1 × 75 mm (2.95 in) M5 cannon and

2 × .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning heavy machine guns in interchangeable nose

(proposed)

4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) Browning heavy machine guns in two remotely controlled flexible turrets in the rear.

 

 

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