Know Your War Planes (Jan, 1942)
Know Your War Planes
The engines push instead of pull—
Three wheels for short alighting;
Two cannon and machine guns too,
Keep Airacuda fighting!
A thousand horses and some more—
A long and slender nose,
A prop-shaft cannon flies for war
Where Airacobra goes!
It’s flying in England, it’s flying right here—
Its nose is a bit of a shorty.
With guns and a cannon it’s something to fear,
Formidable Curtiss P-40.
Twelve hundred horses ‘neath the cowl
Short wings that quickly answer
When pilots climb this stubby owl,
So rightly called the Lancer.
Twenty tons of flying boat—
“Has more than twenty gun”
She flies the “out to sea patrol”
This Martin PBM-1.
A giant wing with slots and flaps,
A landing gear that’s high;
A takeoff run that’s nearly none,
The Ryan Dragonfly.
Four engines hurl the tapered wings
Across the topmost skies,
Its turrets guard the bombs it brings
When Flying Fortress flies!
A clockwise prop and counter prop,
A speed that’s almost frightening—
Lockheed calls it P-38
But Britain calls it Lightning!