P-38 Cockpit
One characteristic of the cockpit in a P-38 was the coldness when flying at high altitudes.  Later models tried to address the lack of an adequate heating system.  After some long missions, crew-members needed to assist pilots out from their seats due to prolonged exposed to the cold.  Most aircraft and ships were designed for functionality first, with comforts as a secondary thought.  This is clearly seen when visiting a World War 2 ship or submarine. 
Most fighters simply had a flight control stick, but one characteristic of note, the P-38 had a wheel as seen in this photo. 
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P-38 Cockpit

One characteristic of the cockpit in a P-38 was the coldness when flying at high altitudes.  Later models tried to address the lack of an adequate heating system.  After some long missions, crew-members needed to assist pilots out from their seats due to prolonged exposed to the cold.  Most aircraft and ships were designed for functionality first, with comforts as a secondary thought.  This is clearly seen when visiting a World War 2 ship or submarine. 

Most fighters simply had a flight control stick, but one characteristic of note, the P-38 had a wheel as seen in this photo. 

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Maintenance crew arming a P-38 prior to a mission.
Often unsung heroes, crews poured hours into repair and prepping aircraft for missions, often in harsh conditions.  These crews also had to install update kits from manufacturers, and were known for ingenuity and adaptability.  American maintenance crews in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines were widely known for innovation in the field of battle.  Without their work and dedication, aircraft would be under-performing and unreliable, putting the lives of the pilots at greater risk.
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Maintenance crew arming a P-38 prior to a mission.

Often unsung heroes, crews poured hours into repair and prepping aircraft for missions, often in harsh conditions.  These crews also had to install update kits from manufacturers, and were known for ingenuity and adaptability.  American maintenance crews in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines were widely known for innovation in the field of battle.  Without their work and dedication, aircraft would be under-performing and unreliable, putting the lives of the pilots at greater risk.

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What a great photo of the unmistakeable profile of the P-38.  The profile of the P-38 made it easier for gunners on bombers to differentiate between friend and foe.  However, the profile also made it easier for German, Italian, or Japanese pilots to identify it from far away.
Whatever the case, this is one beautiful airplane, especially when in a turn from the perspective of the camera.
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What a great photo of the unmistakeable profile of the P-38.  The profile of the P-38 made it easier for gunners on bombers to differentiate between friend and foe.  However, the profile also made it easier for German, Italian, or Japanese pilots to identify it from far away.

Whatever the case, this is one beautiful airplane, especially when in a turn from the perspective of the camera.

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Judging by the damage, the pilot most likely was unharmed, but looking at the nose, and engines, this particular P-38 would most likely be cannibalized for parts for other aircraft or would face many hours of repair to bring back to an operational level.
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Judging by the damage, the pilot most likely was unharmed, but looking at the nose, and engines, this particular P-38 would most likely be cannibalized for parts for other aircraft or would face many hours of repair to bring back to an operational level.

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A good photo showing the mounted machine guns.  The P-38 served as an excellent gun platform due to the stability of the airframe, but the all the guns concentrated in the nose allowed for a longer range of accuracy and more lethality when striking enemy aircraft.  Normal wing-mounted guns on single engine fighters were slightly angled so the bullets would come together, but after that point, accuracy greatly diminished.  Due to the engines mounted away from the nose, all the guns on the P-38 were on the same angle and allowed for the accuracy.  Perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the two top scoring aces (Bong & McGuire) flew P-38s for nearly all their confirmed victories.
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A good photo showing the mounted machine guns.  The P-38 served as an excellent gun platform due to the stability of the airframe, but the all the guns concentrated in the nose allowed for a longer range of accuracy and more lethality when striking enemy aircraft.  Normal wing-mounted guns on single engine fighters were slightly angled so the bullets would come together, but after that point, accuracy greatly diminished.  Due to the engines mounted away from the nose, all the guns on the P-38 were on the same angle and allowed for the accuracy.  Perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the two top scoring aces (Bong & McGuire) flew P-38s for nearly all their confirmed victories.

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Full Afterburner
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