B-24 Peace Offering Nose Art Panel
Okinawa 1945 380th Bomb Group, 529th Bomb Squadron
Dimensions: 18" x 40"
This panel is the prototype of the original aircraft nose art panel. The image on this panel is hand painted on the correct starboard side of the fuselage. It is a faithful reproduction of the original panel. This panel will make a great addition to any Aircraft Nose Art Panel collection.
The B-24 liberator heavy bomber isn't a difficult aircraft to fly. It has no vicious characteristics and when the Pilot learns the difference in "feel," sue to its size, weight, and speed range, flying it's no more a difficult than flying a trainer. An over-sized bomber may be a highly complicated piece of equipment containing many compartments. Learn your airplane: study the fundamental operation of several systems and therefore the mastery of imagined complexities will become surprisingly simple. A little time dedicated to the basics of what makes it "tick" can pay amazing dividends in psychological reaction and peace of mind.
Understand the airplane, don't let the to airplane control you, never forget to respect the characteristics of the airplane.
Thoroughly Inspect your airplane before take-off or be sure that competent hands have accomplished the pre-flight check. The importance of adhering to the Pilot's Check Off Lists faithfully before every flight cannot be overstated. This check-off list specifies all the details that must be covered to ensure safe flight.
When the engines reach the proper operating temperature use discretion in taxing away from the line. Razor-sharp turns grind off rubber and apply severe force to nose and main gear. Use the aircraft engines for maintaining directional control, and save the brakes. Taxi slowly; it is simple matter to keep full control of the airplane with engines.
Before you can be ready for take-off, do a full power run-up of the engines, check magnetos, propeller control, and set superchargers in accordance with the Pilot's Check_Off List. To avoid fouling the plugs, idle engines a 800 to 1000 RPM. Closed cowl flaps to one-third open. Extend wing flaps to one-fourth for best normal average; one-half for shortest take-off. Head into wind, advance the throttles slowly to full power. Hold the brakes on and Waite for the manifold pressure reaches 25" Hg. Use full power for take-off; it lessons the take-off run and corresponding wear and tear on landing gear, tires, and entire airplane. Have the Co-Pilot hold the throttle fully to stops and fine-tune superchargers so as not to rise above manifold pressure operating limits. On take-off, maintain straight course with rudders. Do not use brakes.