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Drop your landing gear at B-17 ground school

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
April 26, 2012 12:40 pm

Heath Moffat/The Museum of Flight, Seattle
World War II may be long over but it’s not too late to be on a B-17 crew. The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is offering a weekend “ground school” that will include a flight on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

The course on May 19 and 20 covers design, construction, operation and performance of the aircraft. Particpants will be able to climb inside the Museum’s Flying Fortress, led by their restoration team.

The course also includes a flight in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17, Aluminum Overcast, while it’s at the museum May 25 through 28. The class is limited to 20 and the fee is $750. Details are below:

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.
Course wrap-up.

Participants receive:

Boeing B-17 Owners’ Workshop Manual.
“B-17G Flying Fortress – 50 Year Anniversary” book.
Participant Note Taking Guide (copies of the PowerPoint System Sessions).
“How to Fly the B-17″ DVD.
Class photo with the Museum B-17F.
Certificate of Completion.

For additional information, and to register, please contact Mike Lavelle, Director of Public Programs, at 206-768-7162.

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