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PILOT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (Page 11 of 16 pages)

 

EMERGENCY OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

1. ENGINE FAILURE DURING FLIGHT

a. Failure of one engine

(I) PERFORMANCE - The airplane flies well on one engine. Using normal rated power, it will climb to about 26,500 feet, and can be flown at more than 255 mph (true speed) in level flight at 20,000 feet.

(2) FEATHERING EMERGENCY

(a) Reduce the power from the live engine if necessary to maintain directional control. This should not be necessary if the indicated airspeed is 125 mph or more.

(b) Apply all the power to the good engine that can be held, preventing yaw at all times.

(c) Hold 125 mph or more (at least 160 mph preferred).

(d) Release droppable fuel tanks, bombs, or chemical tanks immediately.

(e) Trim rudder tab slowly to take pressure off rudder pedal.

(f) Carefully more mixture control of bad engine to IDLE CUT-OFF.

(g) Carefully select propeller feathering switch, (fig. 4-13) of bad engine and feather propeller.

WARNING:

If the propeller does not feather, then attempt to feather it by holding the selector switch (figure 4-5) in the DEC RPM position, if the propeller still will not feather then it is desirable to fly at a low air speed (130 to 140 mph) to keep the propeller windmilling at the lowest possible rpm.

(h) Turn off electric fuel pump switch and fuel tank selector valve control of failed engine.

(i)Close coolant and oil cooler scoops of failed engine.

 (j) If the left engine has failed an consequently the generator has stopped, take action indicated under ELECTRICAL FAILURE, Section IV, paragraph 10. (this is not applicable to F-SB, P38L, and late P38J airplanes which have a generator on each engine.

 

(3) SINGLE ENGINE APPROACH AND LANDING

CAUTION:

Concentrate sharply on your approach - because once you have fully extended the flaps, and the landing gear or descended below 500 feet, you cannot again circle the field an you must make a landing. If, however, the flaps are not fully extended and your elevation is still 500 feet or more, and you want to go around again, proceed as folIows before beginning to circle:

1. Apply as much power as can be held, at the same time retracting the landing gear.



This material is courtesy of Stan Wood WW2 P-38 Pilot in the Pacific.

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