Welcome to the Hey Eng Blog

Welcome to Hey Eng. I’m interested in the history of flight engineers and enlisted flyers in the USAAF and the USAF. Why do pilots say “Hey Eng!”, where and how did the phrase originate? I’ve wondered why there weren’t FEs on bombers after World War II but they remained on cargo aircraft. In addition to…

From Civilian to Heavy Bomber Combat Aircrew

B-24 Liberator Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner Part One Prior to December 7th 1941 the United States government’s War Department was gearing up for war. Many men had already volunteered. Many more would be needed. Getting the volunteers would not be the problem. The Japanese made sure of that. Training hundreds of times the normal number of…