Deadly Queen of the Skies

“Flying Fortress: Deadly Queen of the Skies… pride of the Army Air Forces” — WWII poster from the Office of War Information. Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

B-17 Flying Fortress: Deadly Queen of the Skies... pride of the Army Air Forces

P-40 Pilot’s Ground Checks

Ground checks for the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk from Pilot Training Manual for the P-40, Headquarters, AAF, Office of Flying Staff, 1943.

P-40 Pilot’s Ground Checks

P-40 Warhawk Pilot Ground Checks

Before you get into your airplane, look it over closely. Walk around and inspect the wings, fuselage and control surfaces. Look carefully; take your time.

Before you climb into the cockpit be sure you have checked all of the following:

1. Check your tires and tailwheel. See that the struts have plenty of clearance. An instruction plate on each strut shows the necessary clearance.

2. Make sure the cover is off the pitot tube.

3. See that the covers are on the gun hatches.

4. See that the caps are fastened tightly on the gas, oil, and coolant tanks.

5. Make sure the Dzus fasteners are secure, and check the fairing on the entire ship for looseness.

6. Find out whether the propeller has been pulled through. It needs at least four turns if the engine is cold.

7. See that the wings and wingtips are not damaged.

8. Check canopy for proper tolerance.


New Luftwaffe Books from Kagero

A new book and book/decal combination release for February 2014 have been announced by Kagero Publishing.

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SBD-3 Flying Characteristics

Basic flying characteristics of the SBD Dauntless from Pilot’s Handbook Model SBD-3, Douglas Aircraft, 1942.

Flying Characteristics

The model SBD-3 airplane is a single engine, low wing, monoplane, designed for dive bombing or scouting operations from either shore stations or aircraft carriers. This airplane performs all ground and flight maneuvers with the normal characteristics of its type. As a land plane, this airplane will take off from the ground or carrier deck with or without the aid of a catapult, and will land on an ordinary landing field with or without landing flaps, or on a carrier deck in an arresting gear. Dive bombing maneuvers may be made with or without the use of the diving flaps.

Douglas SBD Dauntless

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M24 Light Tank Powertrain

Diagram of the powertrain of the M24 Chaffee light tank from the U.S. Army training booklet Tracked Vehicle Chassis Units, The Armored School, Fort Knox.

M24 Chaffee Light Tank Powertrain


Fighter Trio

A three-generation trio of USAF fighters — the P-51 Mustang, F-22 Raptor, and F-16 Fighting Falcon — fly over the crowd on opening day of the Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews. Photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Clifford Davis, Navy Media Content Services, 2010.

Fighter Trio