BDF - P-38 Wilk - Polish Multirole Fighter





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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2008

P-38 „Wilk" (wolf) was an extremely advanced polish multirole fighter (also capable of precise diving bombing).
The project was ordered by the Ministry of War in 1934 and accomplished in 1936.
The tragic death of young, very talented „Foka" (seal) engine's designer - engineer S. Nowokuński - caused that engines were late and ready to service just in 1939.
Two prototypes of P-38 were built with temporary engines in 1937 and the first flight had place in 1938.
P-38 Wilk was shown to the world public as the star of the 16th International Paris Aviation Salon in November 1938. The experts called him the most advanced and beautiful plane in the world.
P-38 was the first aircraft designed to use laminar flow airfoils. It was over 10 years before last version of famous North American P-51 „Mustang"!
The Wilk was one of the new generation, entirely metal, twin-engine aircraft with two crew members housed in the long cockpit equipped with dual controls.

It was powered by two lightweight PZL „Foka" V-engines (490 hps), it had a maximum speed of 270 mph (500 km/h) and range of 777 miles (1250 km). It was 27 ft 10 in (8,35 m) long with 36 ft 10 in (11.05 m) wingspan and 4790 lbs(2,155 kg) empty weight.
The aircraft was armed with one 20 mm cannon, 4 machine-guns and 667 lbs (300 kg) bombs.

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