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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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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

XP-39 Airacobra

U.S. Army Bell XP-39 Airacobra in flight over Langley Field during WWII. (NASA Photo)

Bell XP-39 Airacobra

EagleCals Ju 88 A-4 Decal Sets

New 1/32nd-scale Ju 88 A-4 decal sets from EagleCals: EagleCals #153 and EagleCals #154.

EagleCals #153 covers aircraft:

  • Ju 88 A-4, W.Nr. Unknown, 9K+FR, III./KG 51
  • Ju 88 A-4, W.Nr. 140711, 4D+AC, II./KG 30, Petsamo, April 1942
  • Ju 88 A-4, W.Nr. Unknown, F1+BR, 7./KG 76, Armawir, Oct 1942

EagleCals #153 covers aircraft:

  • Ju 88 A-4, W.Nr. Unknown, 9K+FR, III./KG 51
  • Ju 88 A-4, W.Nr. 140711, 4D+AC, II./KG 30 , Petsamo, April 1942
  • Ju 88 A-4, W.Nr. Unknown, F1+BR, 7./KG 76, Armawir, Oct 1942

Ju 88 A4 Decals Ju 88 A4 Decals


P-51C “Red Tail”

A P-51C Mustang “Red Tail” during the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s Air Show in May 2012. The P-51C Mustang is a replica of the P-51’s flown by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps official photo by Cpl. Orlando Perez.)

P-51 Mustang Red Tail, Tuskegee Airmen

Photo by Cpl. Orlando Perez | Defense Imagery Management Operations Center | Date: 05.04.2012


NASA P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt with the early “Razorback” canopy at Langley Research Center.

NACA P-47 Thunderbolt

(NASA Langley Photo)


P-38 Instrument Panel

Diagram of the P-38 Instrument Panel from Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for Army Models P-38H Series, P-38J-5 and F-5B-1, T.O. No. 01-75FF-1, September 1943.

P-38 Lightning Instrument Panel

Labels: 1. Directional gyro; 2. Gyro horizon; 3. Compass indicator; 4. Fuel pressure gages; 5. Altimeter; 6. Airspeed indicator; 7. Turn and bank indicator; 8. Rate of climb indicator; 9. Manifold pressure gages; 10. Suction gage; 11. Hydraulic pressure gage; 12. Turbo overspeed warning lights; 13. Ammeter; 14. Tachometers; 15. Coolant temperature indicator; 16. Fuel quantity gages; 17. Clock; 18. Combination oil pressure and temperature gages (fuel pressure indicator not connected); 19. Flap and landing gear position indicator; 20. Space for BC-608 Contactor; 21. Carburetor air temperature indicator.