A USAAF officer trains a new B-17 pilot in internal inspection and safety precautions prior to take off in the United States.
United States USA Date:1944 Duration:6 min 42 sec Sound:Yes
A U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) training film titled 'How to fly the B-17. Part I. Ground Operations.' about inspections and safety precautions by a pilot prior to take off. A USAAF officer trains a new pilot beginning his career as a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress pilot. The instructing officer, trainee pilot and aircraft engineer inspect a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress. They rotate the propeller blades to inspect engine number 3 and 4. Interior inspection: The three airmen climb into the B-17. Inspection: tail oleo, cylinder, any loose or unanchored parts, ball turret, hand break position, control cables throughout the ship, hand cranks in place, hatch secure, locking dogs in place. The officer instructs the pilot about checking the aircraft's computed loaded weight and CG before each flight, and their effect on the flight. Fire extinguisher check, bomb bay check, emergency bomb release lever check. Cockpit check: fire extinguisher beside the door, all access doors and covers from the cockpit window. The officer and pilot strap into their respective seats to proceed with the check. The officer (acting as the co-pilot) reads out each item from the check list as the pilot conducts the check simultaneously. They complete Form 1A and sign the exceptional release required under special circumstances. Check: radio chart, weather code, Form 1A for loading and passenger list.
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