P-80 Dive Flap Warning

Warning label mounted on the interior surface of a circa 1945 P-80 Shooting Star, the first widely-deployed US jet fighter.


I like the comic book-style font and illustration. Hardly seems "official," but perhaps those were simpler times? Or perhaps not.

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  • Neuköln PRO 9y

    this clearly pre-dates "stick figures in peril"!
  • Travis 9y

    That was back before everything came to be seen as "offensive".
  • Benjamin Smith PRO 9y

    Great detail.
    Alot of great cartoonists contributed to the war effort. Cartoons were more successful at getting though to the young, and not always terribly literate troops. Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and the Looney Tunes crew (Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones et al.) collaborated on a series of 28 films called Private Snafu, that kept alot of troops from killing themselves.

    And since the combat troops were all male, they could be pretty naughty for the era.
  • Todd Lappin PRO 9y

    Thanks Ben!
  • Gerry Asher PRO 8y

    This is a legit decal - if you check out Lockheed's flight manuals for the P-80/F-80 variants, as well as the T-33 series, they are chocked full of cartoon warnings like this. I believe the thinking was that building some eye-catching humor into the lessons would make them 'stick' better.
  • PAUL CARDIN (> 1.8 Million Views) PRO 4y

    ☆☆☆☆☆ SUPERB FIVE STAR Capture!
    Humour advances an unforgettable warning!!!
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Taken on June 8, 2006
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