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Lightning Aircraft Industries TB-56N

12.1k FeatherWing  10 months ago

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Thank you to @jamesPLANESii for letting me use the instruments on the main Instrument panel.


The Lightning Aircraft Industries TB-56 had its origins in December of 1943. The war in the Pacific Theatre was raging on and the Americans could do with some new aircraft. One of these said aircraft was the LAI TB-56, a Fighter-Bomber aircraft.
As mentioned before the TB-56 was created by Lightning Aircraft Industries in December of 1943 as a Fighter Bomber for the War effort. It was mainly produced for the European theatre but was also sent over to the Americans in the Pacific theatre.

When LAI sent over the type to the Pacific theatre, they considered the fact that this aircraft might be used on Aircraft carriers quite a lot, so instead of sending over generic TB-56's, LAI created the TB-56N to be sent over. The 'N' variant was tweaked from the original design to be operated off of aircraft carriers. This version was given a Tail-hook, stronger landing-gear, larger flaps and folding wings.
Right from the start, as the aircraft had a nose gear instead of the tail wheel, it provided better visibility for the Pilot when on the ground or the deck of a Carrier.

The aircraft had two seats, one for the pilot, but also a seat for the Radar navigator. This was because the TB-56 was planned to be used at night as well as day, so it was equipped with the AN/APS-4 (ASV Mark IX for the British) Radar on the left-wing.

In terms of armament, the TB-56N was no slacker. Its primary weapons consisted of 4 x M2 Browning machine guns and twin 30mm cannons, which made it quite scary. The secondary armaments primarily consisted of 1 x LAI Mk-05K heavy Torpedo and 16 x 5.0 inch T64 H.V.A.R rockets.
The secondary armaments, however, could be changed out for all sorts of weapons, like bombs or extra gun pods.

The aircraft did see service after the War had ended, but not much. It was retired in 1950 with 8,000 built, 18 of which survive today.


Max Speed: 231 Kts TAS (10,000 ft)
Service ceiling: (12,000 ft)
Climb Rate: 3,961 Ft/Min
Takeoff Speed: 110 Kts TAS (Takeoff Flaps)
Landing Speed: 100 Kts TAS (Landing Flaps)
Approach Speed: 120 Kts TAS (Landing Flaps)
Fuel Load: 1,360 gallons
Powerplant: 2 x LAI T-300L In-line Piston engine
Primary Armament: 4 x M2 Browning MG, 2 x 30mm Cannon
Secondary Armament: 1 x LAI Mk-05K Torpedo, 16 x 5.0 inch T64 H.V.A.R rocket
Avionics: AN/APS-4 Radar


AG-1: Drop Torpedo
AG-2: Tail Hook
AG-3: Landing light
AG-4: Navigation Lights
AG-5: Radar Screens
AG-6: Nose Wheel
AG-7: Fold wings
VTOL-Down: Flaps
Trim: Trim

Takeoff and Landing

For Takeoff, set flaps to takeoff (half-way) and turn on the lights. Throttle up to Full power and pull back on the elevator slightly. If you do it right, the aircraft should lift off when you reach 110 Kts TAS.

For Landing, approach the runway (or Carrier with Tail Hook down) at 120 Kts TAS with Landing flaps (Full flap) and touch down and 100 Kts TAS.


Creator Notes

The image showing the pilot cockpit has an 'Inop label' on the Airspeed indicator which I put there after I uploaded the plane, which is why it isn't there with this version.

This is my first time using Funky Trees on the Landing Gear.

The Airspeed indicator is Inoperable as I couldn't get the right input to make it function properly (have a go at fixing it if you want).

For some reason, this aircraft doesn't want to turn properly when on the Deck of a Carrier. You can only turn at high speed and when you stop, the aircraft will turn itself back in the direction the Carrier is facing.
(Yes, I know the acceleration probably isn't correct.)


General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 48.8ft (14.9m)
  • Length 35.0ft (10.7m)
  • Height 13.0ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight 8,373lbs (3,798kg)
  • Loaded Weight 17,321lbs (7,857kg)


  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.581
  • Wing Loading 8.7lbs/ft2 (42.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,991.5ft2 (185.0m2)
  • Drag Points 8873


  • Number of Parts 1025
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    12.1k FeatherWing

    Not bad, thanks.

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    Thank you.

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    9,373 dINE

    Very nice! Love the cockpit you did :)

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    Fair point.

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    low wing f7f

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    Okay @ND40X

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    12.1k FeatherWing

    BogdanX allowed entries yesterday too so there wouldn't be any time zone debates.

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    Oh okay@AircraftoftheRedStar

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    Yes we all know, but Bogdan allowed this user a couple more days to finish it.

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    The challenge ended a day or two ago

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