-With a mate, an Omega’s heat will usually only last a week. But without at least the scent of an Alpha, the Omega could be forced to suffer for up to three weeks
-During a heat the desperation to be knotted comes in waves. The length of breaks between these waves depends entirely on the pace set at the beginning of the heat. If the Alpha starts trying to knot the Omega before the heat has even really taken hold, the continuing duration of the heat will be more intense and exhausting with hardly any breaks between waves. But if they wait until the Omega is completely slick and ready for it, the heat will be easier and more relaxed for them
-An Omega’s first time going through heat with a mate and being nervous about everything. Worrying that being knotted will hurt, that the Alpha won’t find them attractive enough, worrying that their nest won’t be good enough. The Alpha picking up on the anxieties and despite how badly they just want to rut into the Omega, they take the time to snuggle into the nest and praise the Omega for how cozy and well put together it is, before gently coaxing their overheating mate from their clothes and slowly getting them to open up for them, and it’s all very nice and gentle…until the Omega arches and starts pleading for more
-During a heat is when bonding usually occurs. A couple bonds by biting into each others scent glands hard enough to draw blood and scar, doing it while being knotted helps distract the Omega from the pain of it
-Between waves of heat the Alpha will try to force the Omega to eat and drink and occasionally help them wash up in the shower…just so they can get them all dirty again ten minutes later
-Omegas in heat like to taunt their Alphas and try to aggravate them, because on an instinctual level they want the Alpha to pursue and dominate them and that’s exactly the reaction they get when they rile the Alpha up enough to snap and pin the Omega down with their full body weight and bite the back of their neck harshly to make them submit
-An Omega’s heat being unusually intense to the point that their Alpha is too wrecked and breathless to even move so the aggravated Omega just pushes them to lie back before sliding down onto the Alpha and satisfying themselves…it only injures a small portion of the Alpha’s pride
-Most Alphas love heats because they have a bit of a slick fetish and will happily spend a ridiculous amount of time licking up the excessive amount if slick their Omega mate is producing
-Alpha and Omega that are best friends and they are both fully aware that they are in love with each other, the Omega is waiting for the Alpha to initiate something but the Alpha is too nervous but one day the Omega goes into heat and pleads for the Alpha to help them out because it hurt so badly…a whole mess of instincts later and the Alpha is deep inside the Omega waiting for their knot to go down and freaking out because “oh my God I haven’t even asked you out yet! I’m so sorry, was this okay? Oh My God did I just take advantage of you?!” and the exhausted Omega telling them to shut up and that they’d arranged it all because the Alpha was obviously a scared little shit that needed a shove in the right direction
-An Alpha and Omega couple arranging to spend the Omega’s heat together, a few months in advance to ensure they are both level headed when discussing it (because consent is important) but the Alpha is too nervous once they actually go to do it. The Omega is literally all spread out and submissive in front of them and suddenly the Alpha is just like “Are you sure the heat wasn’t affecting you at all when we made this decision?” and the Omega is just so done “we’ve been planning this for months and if you don’t start fucking me right now for the love of god I will walk right out that door stark naked and get another Alp-” and that’s all the threatening encouragement the Alpha needs to start possessively latching on to the Omega’s neck and sliding themself right in
A quick guide to the survivors and how to distinguish them.
B-24J, Witchcraft, 44-44052, The Collings Foundation
The only “true” B-24 still airworthy. Painted to resemble the original Witchcraft of the 467th Bomb Group, she wears an overall olive-drab paint scheme with red stabilizers. Extensive nose art marks the port-side nose, showing 130 combat missions. Previously flew as All American from 1989-1998 and The Dragon and His Tail from 1998-2005 before the current paint scheme. This aircraft served with the USAF, RAF, and Indian Air Force before finally passing into civilian hands for restoration.
The only surviving B-24A model in existence, originally one of the LB-30 order bound for England. The aircraft is painted in a two-tone camouflage pattern overall, with original US roundels on the fuselage and wings. Port side nose is painted with the Diamond Lil nose art, starboard side is a massive 48 star US flag.
Diamond Lil flew in the colors of the 98th Bomb Group for many years before the current paint scheme.
PB4Y-2, 66300, Yanks Air Museum
Overall silver finish with red bands around the ends of the fin and horizontal stabilizers, “124″ painted in black on both sides of the nose. The aircraft was flown to the museum in 2006 and has not flown since, although she is under restoration to military condition and likely airworthiness once more.
PB4Y-2, 66302, GossHawk Unlimited
Overall polished aluminum finish, post-war national insignia on fuselage sides behind cockpit, 6302 painted in black along the nose. Of the airworthy Privateers, she appears closest to a Coast Guard aircraft would have in service. She is based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
PB4Y-2, 59882, Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting
Overall silver finish with red bands around the stabilizers and cowlings, black 126 marked on both sides of the nose. Heavily faired nose with a smaller window than greenhouse noses. She was registered as airworthy in 2013.
B-24J, Joe, 44-44272, Fantasy of Flight
Overall silver finish, black fins with white vertical flash. The aircraft was last flown in 1997 and still technically listed as airworthy by the FAA and the museum, but it will likely need a full restoration before it flies again.
Despite its high production numbers, there are few remaining B-24s in museums and under restoration. Hopefully more wrecks can be recovered from their resting places in the South Pacific and restored in the coming decades.