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This expansion, which fit on a signle 3.5 floppy,
added the Lockheed P-38 Lightning as a flyable craft for the 8th Air Force and as an opponent when flying for the Luftwaffe.
As an American
pilot, the P-38 is usable in Single Missions, Historical Combat, Tour of Duty, and Campaigns. On the Luftwaffe side, as with all expansions to SWOTL
, the new aircraft was not added to the opposing craft list for Tour of Duty missions. Therefore, the only way to fight against the P-38 was to fly Historical Combat missions.
The P-38 was very capable in SWOTL. Although not quite as agile as single-engined craft such as the P-51
and FW 190, its twin engines gave it both speed and survivability. Although it could not out-turn FW 190's and ME 109's in game, it could easily outclimb and outdive them. This, combined with favorable firepower in the form of four .50 caliber Brownings and a 20mm cannon, made it well suited to "boom and zoom" attacks against enemy fighters. It also had long range, making it a good choice to escort B-17's. Its twin engines and high speed made it an interesting match against the jet-powered ME-262's.
The same traits that made it a good choice against enemy planes also made it well-suited to attacking ground targets, either on a dedicated strike mission or on the way back from an escort mission. P-38's could be loaded with a mix of range-extending drop tanks, bombs, and rockets. Combined with the stock firepower concentrated in the P-38's nose section, a flight of P-38's attacking a ground target was often more effective than a flight of B-17's at eliminating a chosen target in SWOTL, especially in Campagn missions.