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Lockheed P-38L Lightning - Italian Air Force - 3^ Stormo Caccia (1948-1954)

Forgotten Lightnings Part 1

---skin for P-38L by Wolf257---

size: 2048x2048 (main .bmp, others in 512x512 and 256x256)



-------------------Historical notes-----------

In the 1946, 100 Lightnings, parked in open storage at Napoli-Capodichino airfield, were assigned

to newborn Aeronautica Militare Italiana. The IMM (Industrie Meccaniche Meridionali, later Aerfer)

overhauled a total of 93 planes (including 20 recon F-5.) The first unit to receive the Lightings was the 4^ Stormo Caccia (June 1946-April 1948). In 1948 the 4^ Stormo was rearmed with the P-51D, and the P-38s were assigned

to 3^ Stormo Caccia (1948-1954). From September 1948 to July 1952, four F-5s were assigned to Nucleo Sperimentale Volo at Roma-Guidonia (later "Reparto Sperimentale Volo"), and used in 34 "ferret" flights over Yugoslavia and Albania. The Lightning was finally retired from servince in July 1956.


Others units equipped with the P-38L:

Reparto Volo 4a ZAT (Zona Aerea Territoriale)

SCOT, Scuola Caccia Ognitempo (All-weather Fighter School)

Sezione Aerofotografica, 56th TAF (Tactical Air Force)


65 P-38L (L-5 and L-10 version, one in Droop Snoot configuration?)

2 P-38J (not confirmed)

20 F-5E-4, F, G recon Lightnings. (including a single F-5B?)

6 P-38DC double-seater advanced trainers, modified under FIAT design. (DC= Doppi Comandi. First flight: April 29, 1948)


30 planes were lost in service due to engines failures, undercarriage crashes and pilots mistakes.


Note about skin: light decals distortions under the nacelles.

No solution at this time, sorry...



Unzip the skin in a temporany folder.

Drop the "3^Stormo" folder in your P-38L installation


Please see the readme for others details and stuffs.



Templates: by me, but based upon original Wolf257's skin.

Wrench's 80th FS "Uncle Cy's Angel" skin, for correct position of nose and fuselage antiglare panels.

Note: 38gascap.tga and 38gascap2.tga made by Wolf257.


-------Thanks to:---------

ErikGen, Nghengo, Spillone104, Steve S, Paulopanz for support and suggest.




This skin is release under Freeware Licensing aka Fair User Terms. Simply 3 rules:

1. The work may not be used in payware projects or in projects that will not be freely distributed under these same terms.

2. You must give proper credit in your readme file.

3. If feasible, include the original readme along with your new mod.


For more informations, check this topics: http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?showtopic=26131



Somewhere in North Sardinia, Italy

August 2010

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