Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

Specifications

1st Flight 1944

Crew: two, pilot and gunner

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 takeoff 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.

Variants

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.

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