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How to Fly the Boeing B-17 in Four Parts (1943, B&W) Amazingly durable and bristling with guns, the B-17 led the charge over Europe. These four very detailed films were produced as a set by for new pilot training by Boeing Aircraft, and are presented in an easy going, pilot-to-pilot format.
This is the complete original 2 hour, four part series -- not an edited summary.
* Part 1:Ground Operations (34:00) Veteran actor Arthur Kennedy ("Lawrence of Arabia") takes a rookie pilot 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.
* Part 2 Flight Operations( 29:00) 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 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.
* Part 3: Emergency Operations (25:00)This films literally a "hot stove" session where veteran pilots give hands on advice on how to overcome some of their most challenging B-17 emergency situations. You'll learn how to handle dangerous situations like in flight engine fires, CG induced flight instability, stalls, emergency small field takeoffs & landings and more.
* Part 4: The Induction system (23:00) Your admiration for the knowledge and skill of Fortress pilots will soar when you learn all about how to manage the B-17s complex and temperamental Turbo Supercharger system. Animations provide a detailed, yet easy to understand, explanation of the theory and practice of the proper operation of the interdependent elements of the big Fort's high altitude breathing system. A gear heads delight!
* B-17F 25 Hour Inspection (Produced by Boeing Aircraft) (28:00.1943, B&W ) You'll literally get under the skin of the mighty Fortress as skilled mechanics perform comprehensive 25 hour maintenance and check out of everything from flight control system cables and spark plugs to oil filters and turret operation.
* 109 page Boeing B-17 pilot's manual with photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, flight procedures & more. "You don't really know the inside workings of the Boeing B-17 until you've been through this comprehensive handbook. They reference it many times during the B-17 training films. One of my favorites," -- Zeno
Pilot's manual viewable on computer DVD player. Don't have a DVD player on your computer? We can put the manual on a separate CD-ROM that will play on any home computer! (Click here for info,)
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*The Memphis Belle (1944, Technicolor, 43:00) The
film chronicles the 25th mission of the Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle,
flying deep into Germany to strike the all important U-boat submarine
pens at Wilhemshaven.
This is the original wartime documentary, written and directed by
legendary Academy Award winner William Wyler. If this film looks and sounds familiar, it's because this is the same production crew that
brought you another wonderful classic, "Thunderbolt!" (Don't
confuse this "original" Memphis Belle with the well intentioned but
flawed Hollywood fluff piece produced in the 1990s.) You'll see Capt Robert Morgan
and the men of the B-17 "Memphis Belle," 324th Squadron, 91st BG, going
about their deadly business in rare Technicolor footage. The mission
shown in the film is both routine and climactic, because 25 missions
completed meant the crew could rotate out of combat. (Too many never
made it to 25 missions. Bomber losses were high.) It's a measure of
both the times and the men who flew these planes that several of the
Belle's crew signed on for more missions, finishing the War flying
B-29s against Japan. See them in Target Tokyo.B-17E 25 Hour Inspection "The Crew Chief" (Produced by Army Air Force -- 1943, B&W, 44:00)This
is another fascinating B-17 maintenance film, aimed at the B-17 crew
chief. Although it covers the same general procedures as the Boeing
produced film, the film is twice as long and goes into significantly
more detail. And not surprisingly , this Army Air Force film covers
some different ground than the Boeing film, and vice versa. Taken
together with the "B-17F E&M Mechanic's Instructions Manual" (see below) provides a treasure trove for B-17 Fans* B-17F E&M Mechanic's Instructions Manual: 506 pages with color illustrations This
manual is known as the "B-17 Bible" for good reason. Mechanics and
ground crew used it every day for servicing and assembly of the big
Flying Fortress. Armaments, engines, instruments, electrical systems,
bomb loading, fuselage assembly, landing gear -- that's just a small
portion of what is covered in over 500 pages of charts, illustrations,
tables and detailed instructions. This is an indispensable resource
for B-17 fans, but it's also an absorbing way for any World War II
aviation fan to get under the skin of a classic World War II heavy
bomber to see what made it tick. Great fun with many hours of exploring. And any vet who worked on one of these birds will be instantly transported back in time.Pilot's
manual viewable on computer DVD player. Don't have a DVD player on your
computer? We can put the manual on a separate CD-ROM that will play on
any home computer. Click
here for info.
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