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Film Archive - B-17 Pilot the Flying Fortress

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 Europe. 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

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