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PILOT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (Page 12 of 16 pages)

2. Accelerate to at least 160 mph and

3. Raise the flaps.

It is recommended that the inexperienced pilot practice single engine landing by completely closing one throttle and setting the corresponding propeller lever to the DECREASE RPM (full rear) position. With this procedure the throttles engine

NOTE: TURN'S CAN BE MADE.SAFELY IN EITHER DIRECTION AS LONG AS AIRSPEED IS HELD CONSTANT ABOVE CRITICAL SINGLE ENGINE SPEED, AND AIRPLANE PROPERLY TRIMMED.

  1. Secure radio clearance for emergency landing.
  2. Turn aileron control booster OFF to conserve hydraulic power for landing gear and flap operation.
  3. Start approach allowing 1,000 feet above field for each two miles away.
  4. Extend landing gear at 160 mph.
  5. NOTE: Allow more time for landing gear and flap extension when only one engine is operating.

  6. Extend flaps to MANEUVER position at l40 mph.
  7. Reduce power carefully as needed.
  8. Neutralize rudder tab.
  9. Continue approach at not less than 120 mph.
  10. Do not extend full flaps until certain the airplane will make the field

(4) FURTHER INFORMATION

(a) At rated power, 44" Hg. 2,600 rpm, the airplane will barely hold altitude with landing gear extended and flaps up.

(b) With landing gear extended the airplane will not hold altitude at any flap extension.

(c) Things to avoid:

1. Extension of landing gear or flaps except when necessary for landing.

2. Acceleration throttle rapidly from reduced power to full power.

3. 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 airspeeds.

(5) FEATHERING - PRACTICE.

(a) Close throttle.

(b) Mixture - IDLE CUT-OFF.

(c) Move propeller feathering switch to feathering position.

CAUTION:

On all airplanes, except F-5B, P-38L, and late P-38J airplanes which have a generator on each engine, shut down the right-hand engine so that the generator which is on the left engine will remain in operation.

(6). UNFEATHERING IN FLIGHT



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

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