RE: The Origins of Techwriting (WAS:Re: Techwr-1 polls)

Subject: RE: The Origins of Techwriting (WAS:Re: Techwr-1 polls)
From: "McClain, Bill" <BMcClain -at- centura -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 12:02:46 -0500

Interesting exchange.

If anyone wants to see an example of a WWII aircraft operator's guide, look
for /Flying Fortress/ by Edward J. Jablonski. The book's out of print but
may be in your local library. It features reprinted pages from the crew's
familiarization manual for the B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine strategic
bomber aircraft prominent in the war.

I read the book repeatedly in junior high school and was struck by the
artistic detail put into the wartime-produced crew manual. Compared to
plenty of contemporary owner's manuals for consumer items, it seemed
visually far richer in addition to well organized and concise. I'm a little
hazy on this, but I seem to recall a technical illustrator drew the cockpit
layout in near-photographic quality.

Bill McClain
("Writers are always selling somebody out." - Joan Didion)

-----Original Message-----
From: Sandra Charker [mailto:scharker -at- connectives -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 11:16 AM
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Subject: RE: The Origins of Techwriting (WAS:Re: Techwr-1 polls)


Meg Halter, of navair.navy.mil, asked about the British and US WWII
maintenance manuals:
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