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(a) Propeller control (fig. 4-4) DEC RPM (full rearward)

(b) Throttle 1/10 to 1/4 open.

(c) Return propeller feathering switch to NORMAL position.

(d) Lift the guard on the propeller selector switch to the feathered propeller.

NOTE: It is recommended that the above operation be performed immediately after featherin9 is completed so that the engine may be started quickly in case the live engine should fail during practice.

(e) Hold the propeller selector switch (fig. 4-5) in INC RPM until the engine is turning 600 to 800 rpm then place it in AUTO CONSTANT SPEED. Place mixture control in AUTO RICH. The engine should start.

(f) Warm up the engine before operating at full power.


  1. Drop external tanks or bombs.
  2. Turn fuel selector valves OFF.
  3. Set mixture to IDLE CUT-OFF.
  4. Turn ignition OFF.
  5. Turn battery switch OFF.
  6. Release the cockpit canopy and roll down both side windows.
  7. Extend flaps by use of hand pump if there is sufficient time.
  8. Leave landin9 gear up.
  9. Make a normal approach at 8 or 10 mph over the stalling speed and set the airplane on the ground slightly before the stall is reached.


(a) There are no fire extinguishers installed in this airplane. If an engine fire occurs, shut off tank selector valve to that engine, turn boost pump OFF and move mixture control to IDLE CUT-OFF.


Recommended Method:

Slow down as much as possible (below 200 mph) and trim the airplane in an approximately level attitude. If time permits head airplane towards an unpopulated area. Pull the emergency hatch release control (fig. 23-4) to release the top hatch, crank or push either side window down, crawl out and slide off the wing head first.

Alternate Method:

If it is still possible to control the airplane, turn the airplane upside down, unhook the safety belt and fall out.

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

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