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My father served in the Air Force in the early 50's. He did non-engine repairs on jets (fuselage, landing gear and mainly exterior parts). For training purposes, he worked on a few P-38's and P-61's and said they were a PITA to repair as they used stainless steel for the body; and small pieces at that. IMO they are ugly, but they were fast. ( The first American plane to fly over 400 mph in level flight).

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7 minutes ago, Captain Mayhem said:

My father served in the Air Force in the early 50's. He did non-engine repairs on jets (fuselage, landing gear and mainly exterior parts). For training purposes, he worked on a few P-38's and P-61's and said they were a PITA to repair as they used stainless steel for the body; and small pieces at that. IMO they are ugly, but they were fast. ( The first American plane to fly over 400 mph in level flight).

That doesn't surprise me at all. 

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On 9/9/2017 at 6:33 PM, Captain Mayhem said:

Man, That P-38 is ugly, but it was fast and agile!

And don't forget very well armed! 

Ernie Pyle in one of his books relates how a P-38, flying low, came over a hill. The pilot found himself lined up with a bunch of enemy soldiers standing in a chow line. He hit the guns and killed about 30 IIRC. Kept going and never looked back.

Also, if you ever get down to the museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, look for the poem some bomber guy wrote about the "beautiful sight" a flight of P-38s.

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On ‎9‎/‎9‎/‎2017 at 5:48 PM, Akondo said:

Lol. I agree Mayhem. I prefer the smooth lines of a Bf-109k 

The forked-tail devil will eat your 109.  Besides, you need to talk about bf 110s to stay in the same class.

The P-38 was flown by Lindberg, and got Yamamoto.  On top of being dead sexy.

Anyhoo, when I'm not busy painting XWM:

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On 9/9/2017 at 7:49 PM, Hawkstrike said:

If it's ugly but effective, it's not ugly.

See also: AH-64 Apache, A-10 Warthog.

I disagree.  The A-10 is absolutely awesome at what it does (and is by far my favorite warplane of all time), but it's still ugly.

P-38s, though, definitely have a beautiful elegance in their strangeness.

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I prefer mine with bent wings:

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Although like the F4U-1a, the P-38 is also a very elegant aircraft, for a more civilized age.

And gameplay wise, I think you're gonna be able to squeeze about 3 TIE silencers in 100 points if you're not running the super kylo build. There's always epic though!

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3 hours ago, Darth Meanie said:

The forked-tail devil will eat your 109.  Besides, you need to talk about bf 110s to stay in the same class.

The P-38 was flown by Lindberg, and got Yamamoto.  On top of being dead sexy.

Anyhoo, when I'm not busy painting XWM:

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Gorgeous work. Really like the detail work with the nose art and stickers - those suckers are tricky!

... not sure about your claims of eating the 109s, though - they didn't do nearly so well in Europe as people had hoped. ;) 

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The P-38 seems pretty familiar to me, because it's what every single American airplane in any of the Hasbro Axis and Allies games is!:) It's also my favorite in the iPhone app version of 1942 (the video game). That being said, the noticeable difference to me is that the P-38 was a lot more common than the Silencer most likely is and usually wasn't painted all black... and the Silencer has a much more pointy appearance. To me, the Silencer is more reminiscent of one of Skunk Work's planes, or perhaps the Boeing stealth bomber. 

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1 hour ago, Darth Meanie said:

Because the Silencer is like a very big TIE Interceptor.  Sorta like a twin engine fighter vs. a single engine fighter.

Huh.  Now I'm envisioning them going all Twin Mustang with the Interceptor as some sort of long-range escort fighter.

Though that just raises the question of what the Rebel pilot slang for it would be, since "dupe" is already taken for TIE Bombers...

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2 minutes ago, Kieransi said:

I think Twin Mustang is the TIE Bomber! The TIE Bomber is actually terribly named, because it only has one bomb slot but tons of ordnance, so it's more of a heavy fighter than a bomber anyway...

in the TIE Fighter PC game, I far preferred flying a TIE Bomber to flying the standard TIE Fighter.

Though, I still find the dual-cockpit, hyperspace-capable Interceptor idea appealing, for some reason.

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