Flying the B-17 (Then and Now)
“Pilot/Director Dodge’s clever blending of WWII era Flight Operations footage, with footage captured aboard one of the 14 B-17s still flying today, is an absolute delight to watch. As educational as it is entertaining, this film…
“Pilot/Director Dodge’s clever blending of WWII era Flight Operations footage, with footage captured aboard one of the 14 B-17s still flying today, is an absolute delight to watch. As educational as it is entertaining, this film is a must see for fans of the Flying Fortress and WWII aircraft in general!”
B. A. Latour – 57th Fighter Group
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to fly the most renown & beloved heavy bomber of all time, Boeing’s B-17 “Flying Fortress”, then this is the film for you!
Experience the joy (and the challenge) of putting this magnificent bird through her paces, on the ground and in the air. Feel the awesome power of those four 1,200 horse radials as you speed down the runway at 100 knots (seriously, turn it up, and with the specially encoded AC3 audio you can actually FEEL ’em). Gaze through the famed plexiglas nose-cone as you turn downwind, base and final; an exceptional view that will surely be enjoyed by Pilots and Non-Pilots alike!
The carefully restored USAAF/Boeing Company Flight Operations sequences (circa 1943), along with commentary provided by the on-screen crew, put you in the left seat for a typical training mission in the B-17. Topics include Taxiing, Engine Run-up, Take Off, Climb, Engine Performance, Communication, Emergency Procedures, Landing and Shut Down. An added bonus is an amusing cartoon explaining aerodynamic principles, and the concept of the three point takeoff!
This Special Edition DVD features “Flying the B-17 (Then and Now)”, a poignant tribute in stills to the venerable Flying Fortress PLUS the original U. S. 8th Air Force documentary “Memphis Belle” in its entirety – all in Dolby Digital Stereo!
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