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B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration Audiobook

B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

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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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    Michael Richards 07-18-17

    History buff and Heraldic Artist...

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    "Very Niche Collection of Recollections"
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    Story: The story is a pretty good one about a museum in Pooler, GA who asks for and receives a B-17 from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to restore. Calling it a story is a bit of a stretch. It reads more like a unit historian's notebook with the addition of newspaper clippings and email correspondence about the project between various people involved with the it, because that is what this is. And if you like that sort of thing, then it's a pretty good listen. I personally enjoy a little more narrative and more complete story arc, but then again this entire place is run by mostly volunteers, so maybe my expecting a professional writer is a bit much. There are no gross errors, it's just a bit stiff.

    Performance: Bill Nevitt did a good job except for his horrid attempts at making different personalities. I wish Audible narrators would just read the book and stop trying to dramatize it. As an example, when reading an email from a woman volunteer, he ludicrously attempts to sound like a woman. Not only is it obvious that he is not a woman, but in this book all material that is not by the author is called out as such, e.g., "an email from Barbara said..." so why try a Boston accent or attempt a gender change? Just read the email and the book please.

    Overall: This one only got 2 stars overall because although it is accurately done and the core story is solid, it is extremely niche. I happened to like it quite a bit, but I am a military aviation enthusiast. So there's that, and even if you happen to be a military aviation enthusiast, will you also be someone who likes a collection of stories and correspondence about the subject as opposed to well written story about the subject?


    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Scott 12-20-16
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    "Honoring A WWII Bomber's Restoration"
    If you could sum up B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration in three words, what would they be?

    Honor, Duty, Veterans


    Any additional comments?

    This Book not only honors WWII veterans but how the volunteers spent thousands of hours restoring one of their B-17s

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    Bob 12-13-16
    Bob 12-13-16
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    "Beware, May not be what you think."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only management types may be interested to some degree.


    Has B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, I just need to be more careful.


    What three words best describe Bill Nevitt’s performance?

    O K maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration?

    Most of it


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not really a technical process of restoring a classic machine. It is a description of a mangers view of a project. The whole book for me can be condensed as such.

    We had this need. We did some political maneuvering to get the raw material we needed for our output of this need. We found this old classic plane. It was covered in "crud" that you wouldn't want to get on your new suit. WE solved some problems transporting it. We got HR to organize a GREAT team. We invested in capital that could be used for other purposes in future and would increase efficiency. Management got the team to work real hard to clean the crud and polish it up. Another team fixed the broken stuff. Other teams did other stuff. Now it looks real nice (even if it will never fly again). You can even sit in the pilot seat without getting your pants dirty. Revenues are up!!

    This would be interrupted at every sentence by a testimonial parroting the exact same words.

    CEO's resume maybe?

    Maybe I gave up too early, but the first half of the book was this pattern. The first red flag was when it was stated that this "restored" machine was never to fly again, but apparently just be eye candy. The second was when the initial assessment consisted of "it was completely covered in crud". I want to learn something when I read and this just did not deliver for me. If you cannot return the book if you don't like it, consider the cost a donation to a good cause... I guess.

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