Checklists Day

October 30th is Checklists Day.

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Checklists Day is an opportunity to appreciate the value of using checklists to help avoid tragedy and disappointments and to take advantage of opportunities. Checklists are a great way to take care of things so that you’ll have peace of mind. They are a perfect place to add a note about something you don’t want to forget the next time you do something.

It appears that the first known (or well known) checklist was inspired by a tragic mishap.

On October 30, 1935, a Model 299 prototype for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed during takeoff at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. The cause of the crash was identified as a gust lock that was still engaged.

After the mishap, a group of pilots looked for a way to prevent future ‘pilot error’ mishaps. They came up with checklists for takeoff, flight, before landing and after landing. Boeing delivered 12 of the aircraft to the Air Corps and they flew 1.8 million miles without a serious mishap. More info, including a 1944 version of the B-17 checklist, is at More info is at and Wikipedia.

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Here’s an example of a pilot’s checklist:

Now there are checklists for almost anything you might want to do.

So, whenever you are about to do something significant, remember to make and/or find a checklist to help you, especially on Checklists Day.

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