P38 critical engines

P38 critical engines - 27 March 2007 Lockheed P38 Lightning...

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27 March 2007 Lockheed P38 Lightning This paper contains information on both the P38 Lightning from Lockheed and about critical engines and the effects of them on the airplane. The two topics are related because the P38 has two critical engines. A critical engine is an engine on a multi engine fixed wing aircraft that if the opposing engine would fail it would result in the most adverse effects on the aircrafts performance and handling. Basically, saying that if on a dual propeller aircraft, if the non critical engine should fail the critical engine would cause adverse effects on the aircrafts performance and handling. The critical engine is also the engine with the propeller blade turning outward, away from the fuselage. On most standard dual propeller aircraft, both engines turn the propeller in the same direction so that there is only one critical engine. In the case of the Lockheed P38, both engines are critical. They are both critical because both of the engines turn outward.
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