Checklist born – B-17 Bomber pre-flight checklist

3 Min Read
Checklist born - B-17 Bomber pre-flight checklist

Louise here… I love history and seeing an article about the checklist being born sparked my interest.

The checklist is one used during WWII for the B-17 “Flying Fortress” Bomber and the creation of the pre-flight checklist.

Boeing produced the plane in the 1930s after a competition was set by the US Army to produce the military’s next long-range bomber to help in the war. This contract would be to build 200 bombers and the B-17 outperformed both competitors but the prototype crashed but they still decided to place a small order to further evaluate the plane.

Ready to dive in?
Start Your Free Trial Today

Pre-Flight Checklist – Safety Improved

It was determined that the plane was rather complex to fly and one suggestion was the use of a pre-flight checklist to make sure flight standard operating procedures were followed to improve safety and avoid accidents caused by pilot error.

The tragic thing is it’s often the “stupid” simple stuff that gets people killed but implementing the checklists ensures all the basic tasks were identified to fly the plane successfully. They flew many hours without incident proving they were safe, and eventually, nearly 13,000 were built.

Checklist B17 Bomber Preflight
Checklist B17 Bomber Preflight

Thanks to a “very” simple checklist wartime history were made… The pre-flight checklist

This successful example has then been used by NASA to help launch rockets and walk on the moon.

What the B17 taught about checklists

Frequently asked questions
Looking for more info? Here are some things we're commonly asked

Yep, like every other website we also use
delicious cookies to track you.