• B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

  • By: Jerome J McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-12-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dudley Court Press, LLC
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.3 (7 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane's journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, where it arrived in pieces on the backs of four tractor-trailers. B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration charts the volunteer team's frustrations and successes over a six-year period as they cleaned accumulated crud from the bomber's surfaces and carefully recreated its aluminum skin, operating systems, armament and even its nose art. In addition, the book traces the histories of the two City of Savannah B-17s - the original and the restored - and includes many personal stories of veterans as told by themselves or their families. The City of Savannah volunteers brought a wide range of skills to the task. They were airframe and power plant mechanics, painters, aeronautical engineers, electrical engineers, business people and administrators, even a former physics professor with a PhD and 30 years of flying experience. Many were drawn to the project after their day jobs at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, LMI Aerospace, Inc., and the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard. Others were retired and eager to make a long-term commitment to restoring a vintage warbird.
©2016 Jerome J. McLaughlin (P)2016 Jerome J. McLaughlin
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4 out of 5 stars
By Barry Owens on 07-02-18

Excellent book with only one drawback

I received this book from Bill Nevitt in return for an honest review.

I very much enjoyed this book as it details the restoration of the B-17 Flying Fortress The City of Savanna. Much detail regarding the history of the B-17 in general and this aircraft in particular. Jerome McLaughlin does an excellent job of telling the story. Bill Nevitt does an equally excellent job of narration. My only complaint about this book is that McLaughlin frequently takes the reader out of the story and onto rabbit trails in sidebars that are informative but distracts from the unfolding story. I would have preferred them to be put into an appendix in the back of the book and just let the story unfold naturally.

This is the only audiobook that I have finished so far this year.

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4 out of 5 stars
By J. Warren Benton on 10-12-17

A story of passion and pride

Caveat: I received this book free for a review.  Audiobook boom is a great source to find free audiobooks.  I do not ask for a book unless it is something I would be interested in otherwise.  So being as I got the book for free its price has no bearing on my review.

This book will not be for everyone.  I spent a few years of my professional career working with and around Coast Guard aviation.  I have seen aircraft taken apart and put back together.  I also knew some of the guys that were a part of the Phoenix Project.  This was the first and only Coast Guard aircraft restored and put in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  So I knew some of the tedious labor involved in restoring an aircraft that no one makes parts for anymore.

This book is not for the WWII buff looking for acts of heroism or tales of espionage.  This book is about the elbow grease and years of dedicated service to restoring the B-17.  McLaughlin jokes how early in the project they didn't even know what they didn't know.  Luckily for the early volunteers, they were not afraid to ask for help.  They seemed to get help and donations from all over the place.  Being donated a turret. Being donated paints, and most of all people with skills donating there time to help pull the plane together.

The project took 6 years to complete.  One thing the Mighty Eighth Museum can boast about is it has the only static B-17 with working turrets. 

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