Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Manual: Owners' Workshop Manual
Zenith Press, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ilitary aircraft buffs and those interested in the history of World War II will find this a fascinating book. The B-17 was one of the best known airplanes to fly during World War II. By the end of the war a total of 12,726 of these long range bombers had been built. Surprisingly, only a handful of these planes are still flying today.
esides providing a history of the plane and its combat credentials, Graeme Douglas delves into the anatomy of the B-127. From the nose section, bomb-bay and radio compartment to the hydraulic system, landing gear and emergency equipment, little escapes his close scrutiny.
hen it is on to the Wright Cyclone R-1820-97 engine that powered the bomber, and an engineer's view of the plane and what it was like to actually fly the iconic aircraft. As part of the story of the B-17, the author focuses on the restoration of
The Pink Lady
, one of the bombers still flying.
f you'd like some insight into owning, restoring, servicing and flying American's legendary World War II bomber, this is a book you'll want to read. With 250 photos and diagrams in this volume, there's little left to the reader's imagination. This is a visual feast as well as a book filled with solid information.
Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.
Find more NonFiction books on our
or in our book