Bf-109 vs P-38

Messerschmitt Bf 109 versus P-38 Lightning

Airplane Messerschmitt Bf 109 P-38 Lightning
Country Germany USA
Type of aircraft MR Fighter Heavy fighter
First Flight 1935 1939
Introduction 1937 1941
Crew 1 1
Number built 34000 10050

Airplanes dogfight compare

Lethality points 115 75
Lethality level Very High High
Firing Time pts (main gun) 7 14
Firing Time pts (secondary guns) 22 38
Firing Time pts (total) 29 52
Main gun Rate of fire (round/min) 900 750
Main gun Effective range (yd) 2000 2000
Main gun Effective range (m) 1829 1829
Turn Radius (No flaps) 703 817
Turn Radius (Full flaps) 533 596
Speed/Accele./Agility pts 58 54
Acceleration (0-150 ft (ft/s)) 7,60 9,20
Acceleration (0-150 ft (m/s)) 2,32 2,80
Acceleration (250-300 ft (ft/s)) 17,40 24,20
Acceleration (250-300 ft (m/s)) 5,30 7,38
Wing Loading (lb/sq ft) 40 54
Wing Loading (kg/sq m) 195 264
Max Power/mass (hp/lb) 0,268 0,135
Max Power/mass (hp/kg) 0,591 0,298
Min Power/mass (hp/lb) 0,193 0,079
Min Power/mass (hp/kg) 0,426 0,174
Climb Rate (ft/min) 3400 4750
Climb Rate (m/min) 1036 1448

Bf-109 vs P-38Airplanes Size/Power/Specs

Length (ft) 28,67 37,90
Length (m) 8,74 11,55
Width (ft) 32,35 52,00
Width (m) 9,86 15,85
Height (ft) 11,15 12,80
Height (m) 3,40 3,90
Wing Area (sq ft) 173 328
Wing Area (sq m) 16,1 30,5
Empty Weight (lb) 4400 12755
Empty Weight (kg) 1996 5786
Max. Take Off (lb) 6100 21800
Max. Take Off (kg) 2767 9888
Engine Power (hp) 1180 1725
Engine 1 x Daimler-Benz DB 605A 2 × Allison V-1710
Max Speed (mph) 397 443
Max Speed (km/h) 639 713
Max Speed (Mach) 0,52 0,58
Max Range (miles) 680 1300
Max Range (km) 1094 2092
Service Ceiling (ft) 36505 44000
Service Ceiling (m) 11127 13411

 

Airplanes armament and equipment

1 x cannon in propeller hub
2 to 4 x 7.9mm machine guns in engine cowling or wings
2 x cannons in underwing gunpods.
External drop bombs and air-to-air rockets (later production)
1 x 20mm cannon in nose
4 x 12.7mm Browning heavy machine guns in nose
10 x 5in high-explosive rockets
2 x Drop Drop Tanks
2 x 500lb Conventional Drop Bombs

 

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