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B-17 Training Manual, United States Army Air Force, 1944
Pilot's Information File (PIF), United States Army Air Force, 1944
Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rd BGA Historian
Cockpit Checklists were utilized many years before WWII by both the Military and Airlines and many private pilots. We do not know when the first checklist was printed. The number of procedures necessary for the safe and efficient operation of large aircraft (as well as smaller aircraft) are far too many for even the most experienced pilot to safely memorize. Even the best trained pilots are likely to forget things on occasion. The cockpit checklist is the only sure safeguard.