How to Fly the B-17 Flying Fortress


“Maybe airplanes are a bit like people. You don’t really get to know them until after you’ve lived with them a while.” At least that’s what the narrator says in this 1943 Army Air Force training film. Even though this video and the associated technology is over 70 years old, a lot of the information is still relevant to pilots today. They stress the importance of checklist usage, reminders to trim the airplane and even crew resource management. I was amazed to hear the instructor hit on the hot-topic in today’s airline industry: “Flying means fatigue. Always run your checklist.”

I wonder how accurately these videos represent flying today’s restored B-17’s. Please drop a comment if you have any experience in present-day B-17’s.

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Pat Flannigan is a professional pilot and aviation blogger. He has been flying for fifteen years and is currently working as an airline pilot in the United States.

3 Replies to How to Fly the B-17 Flying Fortress

  1. Eli says:

    Part 2 is actually part 3 and vice versa.

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