P61 Black Widow Fighter – Pilots Training manual

P61 Black Widow Fighter – Pilots Training manual

Pilot Training Manual for the P61 Black Widow
The P61 is a very rare aircraft with less than 800 produced there are only 4 know survivors with two of these being wrecks, although the Chinese do claim to have two in storage they are willing to sell if anyone wants to buy one to go with this manual. This is an excellent Scanned copy. 121 Pages scanned as High resolution TIF images and then digitally cleaned page by page. Guaranteed the best quality copy of this manual you will find. Packed with invaluable data including many Photographs Diagrams & Drawings. Published Circa 1945 by the Headquarters AAF, Office of Flying Safety for the USAAF. This manual was printed as the standard training text for trainee pilots at the time. This manual does not relate to a specific model of P61 but is generic referring to various models in use at the time of publication. The pages can be printed out in high resolution.


Absolute (Radio) Altimeter, How to Use
Acrobatics, Advice On
Acrobatics, How to Perform
Acrobatics, Type Permitted and When
Acrobatics, When Forbidden
Aileron Pressure
Airspeed Correction Chart
Afterflight Check
Afterflight Procedure (Arctic)
Altimeter Correction Chart
Approach Over Obstructions
Armor and Armament
Automatic Pilot, Operation Of

Bailout, Controlled (Safest)
Bailout, Quick
Blackout Flying
Blower, auxiliary, HIGH Gear Ratio
Blower, auxiliary, LOW Gear Ratio
Blower, Main Gear Ratio
Blowers, How to Shift
Blowers, How to Test
Brakes, Warnings on Use of

Changes incorporated in P-61B
Checks and Inspections, Importance of
Cockpit Check
Controls, Location of
Comparison of P-61 and P-70
Compression Ratio
Correction Graph (for Wing Tanks), How to Use
Crew Chief, Talking Things Over With
Critical Single-Engine Speeds, Table of
Cross Country, Pilots preparation for
Cruising, Oil and Cylinder-Head Temperatures
Cruising Chart
Cruising Chart, Explanation Of
Cruising Chart, How to Use in Reverse
Cruising Chart, Sample Readings From

Detrola Radio Set

Electrically Operated Equipment List
Emergency Air Brakes, Use Of
Engines, Description
Engine Failure During Flight
Engines, How to Stop After Landing
Engine Instrument Check (After Warm-Up)
Engines, Preheating (Arctic)
Escape Hatches
External Wing Racks

Fire Extinguishers
Fires in Flight, How to Fight
Fires While Starting Engines
First-Aid Kits
Flame Damping
Flight Instructions (Arctic)
Flight Instrument Check
Form 1-A, Importance of Checking
Fuel & Oil System
Fuel Consumption, How to Check
Fuel Pressure, Allowable
Fuel Pressure Desired
Fuel Pressure Minimum
Fuel System Failure in Flight
Fuel Transfer System

Go-Around Procedure
Gun Camera
Gunsight, Pilots
Gyros, Importance of Uncaging

History of P-61’s Design and Manufacture
Headsets and Throat Microphones
Heating and Ventilating System
How to Get Back on Course
Hydraulic System Failure
Hydraulic System, Operation Of
Hydraulically Operated Equipment List

Icing Conditions
IAS to TAS, How to Change
Instruments, Location Of
Interception, How to Figure
Intruding, Character Of

Lambert Conformal Map, How to Use
Landing, Belly
Landing, Cold Weather
Landing, Crosswind
Landing, Full-Flap
Landing, Night
Landing, No-Flaps
Landing, Normal
Landing Power-Off
Landing, Short Field
Landing, Single-Engine
Landing Gear, Emergency Operation Of
Landing Gear, How to Check Position Of
Landing Gear Warning Horn
Level Flight with Wheels Down

Magneto Check (After Warm-Up)
Maximum Performance
Mercator Projection, Facts to Learn About
Miscellaneous Equipment
Mixture, Advice On
Navigation, Pointers on
Night Adaptation, How to Accomplish
Night Adaptation, How to Preserve (In Flight)
Night Adaptation, in One Eye
Night Binoculars, Use of
Night Checks and Inspections
Night Navigation, Pointers On

Oil Dilution of Engines in Arctic
Oil Pressure, Desired
Oil Pressure, Maximum
Oil Pressure, Minimum
Oil System Failure in Flight
Oil Temperatures, Advice On
Oil Temperatures, Desired
Oil Temperatures, Maximum
Oil Temperatures, Minimum
Oxygen, Emergency Use of
Oxygen, Normal Use of
Oxygen System Failure

Preflight Check (Arctic)
Pre-Landing Check
Pre-Starting Check
Pre-Takeoff Check
Prohibited Maneuvers
Propeller Check (After Warm-Up)
Propellers, Description Of
Propeller Feathering (Emergency)
Propeller Feathering (Practice)
Propellers, Fixed Pitch Operation Of
Propeller Gear Ratio
Propeller Unfeathering
Protection of Personnel (Arctic)
Pyrotechnical Equipment (Very pistol, Signal Cartridges, Parachute Flares)

Radio (Absolute) Altimeter, How to Use
Radio Compass, How to Use
Radio Equipment Pilot Must Know How to Operate
Radius of Action to Alternate Base, How to Estimate
Radius of Action to Same Base, How to Estimate
Rendezvous, Preparations for

SCR-695, How to Operate
Single Engine Failure on Takeoff
Shoulder Harness
Stalling Speeds, Table Of
Starting (Arctic)
Structure of P-61, Description Of
Switches, Location Of

Takeoff, Cold Weather
Takeoff, Crosswind
Takeoff, Night
Takeoff, Normal (With Flaps)
Takeoff, Normal (Without Flaps)
Takeoff Over Obstacles
Takeoff, Short Field
TAS to IAS, How to Change
Trimming the Plane

Unconventional Features of Design

VHF Equipment
VHF Equipment, Trouble Shooting on
Visual Inspection, Outside the Airplane

Warm-Up, Checks to Make During
Water Injection, How to Test
Water Injection, How to Use
Weight and Balance
Why Plane is Painted Shiny Black
Wing Flaps, Operation Of

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