How to Fly the B-17 (Part 1, Ground Operations) (1943)
Part 1: takes you through a complete preflight check, including exterior
and interior check. Then, you'll be guided through the instrument clusters,
which are visible in detail, to become familiar with key gauges & control
systems. Finally, the easy-to-understand hands-on dialogue between
instructor and pilot leads you through the complete start up procedure,
including control check, engine start, and run up.
How to Fly the B-17 (Part 2, Flight Operations) (1943)
Part 2: Flight Operations. Part 2 takes up where Part 1 left off with
takeoff, flight characteristics and landing. An entertaining animation shows
the importance of proper attitude in the B-17 bomber during takeoff, and
once again, you'll see a hands-on demonstration of the proper use of all
instruments and control systems during the flight.
Mission Accomplished: The Story of the Flying Fortress (1942)
Chronicles one of the early (autumn 1942) bombing runs of B-17s over
An excellent overview of a mission carried out by a troop of Fortress
flyers. Tells that this was the first use of the B-17 warplane and
boasts about it's effectiveness in the war. Actual footage of bombs being
dropped over Europe and preparing the B-17 for action.
Office of War Information - 1942, 10:53 minutes