Museum offers B-17 ground school

SEATTLE — On May 18 and 19, The Museum of Flight will be offering a two-day course about the iconic, World War II Boeing B-17 bomber. The “ground school” will familiarize participants in the design, construction, operation and performance of the aircraft and includes a flight in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17, “Aluminum Overcast” (pictured below).

AluminumOvercastSessions include briefings about the plane’s systems and how the aircraft is flown. The course features personal tours inside the museum’s B-17 Flying Fortress, Boeing Bee, led by the museum’s restoration team. The sessions will take place in a classroom setting and in the Museum’s B-17.

Registration is limited to 20, and the fee is $895 general/$795 museum members.

Course Details

Day 1

  • Sessions include:
  • Basic Design and Construction of the Museum’s B-17F.
  •  Small group orientation to the B-17F interior and exterior.
  •  B-17F Operational Systems Overview:
  •  Powerplants
  •  Lubrication System
  •  Turbo-Supercharger
  • Props
  • Fuel System
  • Hydraulic System
  • Electrical System

Day 2

  • Continuation of B-17 systems overview:
  • Environmental
  • Communication
  • Armament
  • B-17F aircraft systems review at the Museum’s aircraft – components, checks and orientation
  • Viewing of vintage “How to Fly the B-17″ films
  • Discussion panel/Q&A session with B-17 crew members and restoration team.

For more information: MuseumOfFlight.org

Comments

  1. Bob Levittan says

    Ok men, we’re bombing Berlin tonight, so first press “direct to” on your 430, then turn the small knob at the lower right, which gives you a “K” then turn the large knob to the next position and then the smaller knob to change the letter, and repeat to dial in B-E-R….

    • Alan says

      First step in flight planing, check the airport ident. You might want to change that to E-D-D-B if you want to go to the Berlin in Germany. I don’t think that K-B-E-R will take you anywhere.

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