Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning?

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  1. The Nerd

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    hey, im looking for info on the Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning, like what is it, what was it used for, and so on. Any pics would be awsome.
     
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    A google search found this:

    The site offers a model if you want one

    http://www.anigrand.com/AA2038xp-58.html

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    A site about the completed model

    http://modelingmadness.com/scotts/allies/us/xp58.htm

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    It looks like a P61.
     
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    Thanks for all your help.
     
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    It does. It also kind of looks like the Fokker G1.A
     
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    I knew a guy at lockheed that worked on it - he said it was a beast!
     
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    big, fat and hairy??
     
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    And leaked all over the place! :shock:
     
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    I don't remember the exact quote but Johnson called it the 10 engined fighter because the AAF kept switching engine types on it.

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    So the XP-58 Chain Lighting was proposed as an updated version to improve the P-38 Lightning?
     
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    Yes and no - it was a whole new airframe and was supposed to be a bomber killer.
     
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    Okay, they just looked so similar that I just assumed that the XP-58 Chain Lightning used the same airframe and parts as the P-38 Lightning except for engines...
     
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    Anyone ever see the Smithsonian Air Space magazine that published a pic of an USAAC P-38 with modified armament that included something like 12 .50BMGs or some such. I apologize that I cannot recall the magazine month/year, but I want to say it was about 2-3 years ago maybe? It was a one of a kind that was a personal airplane of some high-up-mucky-muck. Reminded me instantly of the XP-58.
     
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    No, but wow, that would have packed a punch if you needed to use them. 12 .50 BMGs would certainly damage a target if they hit...
     
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    Due to the number of times the AAF changed their minds on what engine was to go in it, and the amount of re-design required, Kelly Johnson referred to it as the world's only 10 engined fighter.
     
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    You do realize this thread has been dead for 8 years?
     
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    Welcome to the resurrection thread
     
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    I actually have quite a bit of photographic information on this beast. At the next conjunction of time and memory I will post. Got an interesting picture of the jump seat behind the pilot from the museum at Edwards AFB.
     
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    I knew two people who worked on it while it was being flight tested. From what I remember they told me it was a maintenance nightmare.
     
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