A USAAF officer trains a new B-17 pilot in cockpit check, including seat and controls check in the United States
United States USA Date:1944 Duration:5 min 1 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. Cockpit check including seat and controls check: Seat check: seat belts, seat adjustment, rudder pedals. Control check: rudders and elevator controls unlocked, lock down and latched, aileron lock. Trim tab indicators inspection: rudder tab control, elevator tab control, aileron tab control. Check for: fuel transfer valves and switches, inter-coolers, JAIROS, fuel shut off switches, landing gear switch, cowl flaps, turbos, waste gate open, idle cut offs, throttles, RPM, auto pilot, de-ice and anti-ices, wing and propellers, cabin heat controllers, generators. Engine start check: The officer instructs the pilot to check for the fire guard with a fire extinguisher standing by near each engine. The pilot warns the ground crew for propeller clearance.
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