PILOT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (Page 10 of 16 pages)
5. Reduce power carefully as needed.
6. Neutralize rudder trim tab.
7. Continue approach at not less than 120 mph.
8. Do not extend full flaps until certain the airplane will make the field.
9. Further information
10. At rated power 44 inches HG2600 rpm the airplane will barely hold altitude at any flap extension.
THINGS TO AVOID
Lowering of landing gear or flaps except when necessary for landing.
Excelerating throttle rapidly from reduced power to full power.
Low flat approaches with landing gear and flaps fully extended attempting to drag the airplane into the field with power. The technique should be developed to be always reducing power on the approach and avoid being forced to apply excessive power at low speeds.
TAKE-OFF IF LANDING IS NOT COMPLETED
Open throttles to take-off stop and after propeller rpm has stabilized push prop control forward to TAKE-OFF position.
Retract landing gear.
Pull the airplane up in a climb to stay below 150 mph indicated airspeed until the flaps are retracted.
Retract flaps and proceed in normal take-off technique.
This material is courtesy of Stan Wood WW2 P-38 Pilot in the Pacific.
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