The Boeing B-17 was the first mass-produced, four-engine heavy bomber. Used
throughout World War II for strategic bombing, the plane earned a reputation for
its toughness and versatility. Carrying a crew of ten, and 8,000 pounds of bombs
on long range missions, the '17 wreaked havoc on Germany during the critical
The "Memphis Belle", the first B-17 to fly 25 missions over
Europe, is perhaps the most famous plane to emerge from the European Theatre.
Originally printed by the United States Army Air Force in December of 1942, the
B-17 Bomber Pilot's Flight Operating Manual taught pilots everything they needed
to know about the "Queen of the Skies."
Originally classified "Restricted",
the manual was declassified long ago and is here reprinted in book form. Color
images appear as black and white.