Boeing B-29 flight engineer seated before large instrument panel and handling controls, 1945


Photograph. Boeing B-29 flight engineer seated before large instrument panel and handling controls. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/6/45--B-29 flight engineer control station--A Boeing B-29 flight engineer is shown seated before the array of dials which make up his instrument panel, in the first photo of the Superfortress engineer station authorized by the U.S. War Department. The main feature which distinguishes the control system of the B-29 from previous designs is that the pilot and co-pilot, because of the presence of the flight engineer, have been relieved of most engine controls and basic mechanical system operations. Thus they can concentrate on flying technique and combat strategy. The pilot, however, may at any time override the engineer's throttle controls to maintain sole command of the plane. The engineer sits directly behind the co-pilot, facing toward the rear of the plane,--FF photo—serviced by Rome OWI (A List Out). Approved by appropriate military authority. 6568." Location unknown. 6 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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