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Sky Shipley
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#1 Posted: 2/16/2010 16:52:09

 

Books of two administrative forms were carried onboard all USAAF aircraft:  Form 1,  Flight Report - Operations  (tracks plane & pilot activity and flight time), and Form 1A,  Flight Report - Engineering  (tracks inspection, maintenance, and servicing).  Airplane flight manuals all refer to these and preach about the importance of filling them out properly for every flight.  Intending to outfit my ship (BT-13A  41-22410) with proper reproductions of these, I have recreated the forms in exact detail, using a spreadsheet program, from the good examples found in the Pilots Information File publication.  However, what I don't have is the actual paper size and margins.  Also, Form 1A makes mention of "instructions inside front cover".  Anyone out there have an original of either form, that you could kindly supply these details?  Or any info on the binding, to help me recreate that?  Was there anything printed on the reverse side of the forms?  And related:  pictures in the BT-13 Flight Manual show a thin, open-top metal box attached to the frame below the pilot's left knee (front cockpit) stencilled "Airplane Flight Reports"  where these forms were kept.  It may be a design specific to the BT, or may be a standardized receptacle used on many types of aircraft.  In either case, can anyone furnish details necessary to recreate that as well?  Thanks for any help-- once this project is finished I'll gladly send the computer files to anyone who wants to make their own copies of the forms.  Please email me directly at  sky@skylinetype.com .

 



Bill Avolio
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#2 Posted: 2/18/2010 19:32:17

My memory (please note the word memory) is that when the Form 781 replaced the Form 1 there was no change in the size of the form.  The Form 781 is 8 1/2 by 11 inches.  Good luck in finding a Form one cover.  Again from memory on the P-51 the "Form 1" case was on the right side behind the pilot's elbow, on the T-6 the case was on the right side below the radio and electrical panel.  The sheet aluminum cases were sized to take the Form 1 easily and had hinged covers.

Gennaro Avolio

 



Brent Bunch
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#3 Posted: 2/18/2010 23:10:27

You might try getting in contact with the Musem people at Wright Patterson AFB Dayton OH



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#4 Posted: 6/18/2010 16:50:41

I manufacture the Form 1 and 1A book in it's original form with front and back covers.  Will have a few with me at the WW2 Living History area this year if you'd like one.  It has the detailed notation symbols explained inside the front cover, and pages that alternate Form 1, then 1A - 25 of each.

 

Check six,

Rob 'Rudie' Hoskins



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Sky Shipley
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#5 Posted: 6/18/2010 19:12:35

Rob, I'm very happy to see your posting.  I had about given up on recreating truly authentic Forms 1 and 1A (not that this would be a seriously important issue for most people!).  I have managed to recreate the two forms with a high degree of historic accuracy, due to information from multiple sources, but the cover and info printed on it has eluded me.  The two files you attached---front cover and inside front cover---are the pieces of the puzzle I was missing, but the files were too low-res to read.  It's also a revelation that the two forms were bound alternately in one book!  Please email me directly at sky@skylinetype.com so I can persuade you to send higher-resolution copies of those files.And I'm happy to provide PDFs of the historically accurate forms to anyone else interested---they're attached herewith.  See you all at Oshkosh!



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