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    RiveroftheWest, Otteray Scribe

    As far as I can tell, the P38 got phased out because the P51 was just a little bit faster and a little more nimble using only one engine.

    The Mosquito was largere with the two engine concept and came up with a more balanced design in a strategic bomber/night fight.

    I think the P38 inhabited a very narrow engineering window as probably the smallest possible high performance twin engine prop plane.

    And nobody seemed to really modify the basic design very much except to stretch the center portion, but not much was tried aerodynamically.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:21:09 AM PDT

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