Boe­ing B-17 Fly­ing Fortress

Flight Journal - - GALLERY -

Rey Fowler, cur­rent B-17 pi­lot

The B-17 cock­pit is in­cred­i­bly unique. A lot of cockpits look sim­i­lar, but the B-17 is to­tally dif­fer­ent. No other air­plane that flies to­day has that throt­tle quad­rant. Ev­ery other air­plane has a throt­tle you grab at the top. In the B-17, you han­dle the throt­tles from un­derneath, us­ing your un­der­hand. Grasp the top rung and en­gines one and four will re­spond, while the bot­tom rungs gives you two and three. The split mid­dle rung gives all four at once and is, there­fore, used the most. It takes a while for new B-17 pi­lots to re­mem­ber to turn their hands.

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