Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Bomber and Transport Aircraft Posters

B-17E A set of 52 great bomber and transport aircraft posters from the artist/publisher D-Agostini.

Download here or here (172.1 Megs)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Fighter Aircraft Posters

F-4G A set of 98 great aircraft posters from the artist/publisher D-Agostini.

Download here or  here (144.7 Megs)

Friday, December 14, 2018

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Pilot Training Manual

Curtiss  P-40 Warhawk Pilot Training Manual_01 A copy of Pilot’s Training Manual for the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft, dated 1943. Credit: Scribd.com

Download here or here or here (51.9 Megs)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Republic P-47N Thunderbolt Pilot Training Manual

Republic P-47N Pilot Manual_01 A copy of Pilot’s Training Manual #AAF 51-127-4, for the McDonnell F2H-2/2N/2P aircraft, dated 1945. Credit: Scribd.com

Download here or here or here (42.2 Megs)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aviation Art by Nicolas Trudgian

1319384999_vulcan-thunder Examples of Nicolas Trudgian’s aviation art (262 paintings). WWII and modern.

Download here or here  (290 Megs)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Aviation Art of Roy Grinnel

21_Seconds_to_Splash_5 A portfolio of 122 aviation paintings by Roy Grinnel.

Download here or here (61.5 Megs)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Douglas X-3 Stiletto Photos

Douglas X-3 Some nice photos of the Douglas X-3 Stiletto.
Download here or here (11.2 Megs)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Douglas X-3 Stiletto Walk Around

Douglas X-3 Stiletto Walk Around Photos. (64 photos.) Some nice detail shots of a Douglas X-3 Stiletto at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.. Credit: Randy Ray, John Heck

Download here (43.1 Megs)

Additional X-3 walk around by Howard Mason here

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Castle Air Museum Photos

file9794 Mark Nankivil, president of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, sent 88 photos taken by himself at the Castle Air Museum. Castle Air Museum is a military aviation museum located in Atwater, California. Dated May 8, 2017.

Download here (74.3 Megs)

Castle Air Museum video tour here

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

President George H.W. Bush Tribute

bush_poster Jean from the Box Art Den posted a nice recap of President George H.W. Bush’s military service.

“ (The US) is mourning the death, at 94, of the 41st President of the US.
George H.W. Bush finally gave in to the ravages of time, and passed away on Friday.
He was quite a man, and one of his many accomplishments occurred during WWII.

George Bush was a pilot in the US Navy, and flew Grumman TBF Avengers in combat.
He had the misfortune of having one shot out from under him and spent some time floating in the Pacific in a small life raft.
The rest of his crew were killed in the exchange, and he was rescued by a US submarine.
This week we pay homage to him. I collected a handful of images of the Avenger, and found a few of George during the war.”

Download Bush and general Avenger photos here or here (3.5 Megs)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Northrop YF-18 Prototype Photos–Reloaded

Untitled 3 Fixed the ZIP file to include all of the photos!

See here for correct ZIP file.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Royal Canadian Air Force Review Today

Royal Canadian Air Force Review Today_03 A copy of the RCAF review magazine for 2018.

Download here or here or here (21.6 Megs)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Lockheed P-38H/J/L-1&L-5/L-5B Flight Manual

Lockheed P-38HJL-1&L-5L-5B Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions (Flight Manual) for the Lockheed P-38H/J/L-1&L-5/L-5B aircraft. Undated.

Download here or here or here

Thursday, November 29, 2018

An Illustrated Guide to Prepping and Loading an Atomic Bomb

Untitled 1 A nice, short article written by Ryan Crierie on the prep and loading of the first Atomic bombs onto B-29 bombers. Published in the April 2014 issue of the IPMS Forida chapter’s Pelikan Newsletter. Credit: Pelikan Club

Download here or here (3 Megs)

Large scale photos and article here

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Messerschmitt BF-109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual

Messerschmitt Me-109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual A copy of the Messerschmitt BF-109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual (In English), dated March 1943.

here or here or here

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Japanese Aeroplane Identification Manual

Japanese Aircraft Recognition Manual_01 Part five of the Aircraft Identification series of books printed by Aeroplane Magazine. This manual is for Japanese aeroplanes. Dated February 1943.

Download here or here or here (22.1 Megs)

Monday, November 26, 2018

High Altitude Evaluation of the Bell 47G-3B Helicopter

High Altitude Bell 47_01 Army Aviation Board report ATBG-SEC AVN 2461.1/62 on the High Altitude Evaluation of the Bell 47G-3B Helicopter.

Download here or here or here

Friday, November 23, 2018

Douglas A3D Skywarrior Photos and Info

Scan-175 A few factory photos of the Douglas A3D Skywarrior and several fact sheets.

Download here or here (52.2 Megs)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

An Overview of Autogyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane

20080022367_01 NASA/CR booklet No. 2003-212799, An Overview of Autogyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane, dated October 2003. Written by Franklin D. Harris. Credit: NASA.

Download here or here or here (13.9 Megs)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Military Aviation of Russia (Central Air Force Museum at Monino)

Cover A description of all the exhibits in the Russian Monino Museum. Lots of nice details. Dated 2008.

Download here or here or here (36.7 Megs)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bell P-63 Kingcobra Flight Manual

Flight Manual - Bell P-63_01 A poor xerox of the Bell Company preliminary Flight Manual for the P-63 aircraft.

Download here  or here (36.6 Megs)

Monday, November 19, 2018

AV-16A/Pegasus 15 Advanced Harrier Report

AV-16A Pegasus 15 Report No. A2908 May-30-74_01 McDonnell Aircraft report No. A2908, dated 30 May 1974, for the proposed advanced Harrier concept using the Pegasus 15 engine. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here or here (3.6 Megs)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Japanese Aircraft Booklet

Japanese Aircraft_02 An introduction to and descriptions of Japanese aircraft in WWII. Dated 1945. Written by John Stroud. Lots of good illustrations and marking info.

Download here or here or  here (16.7 Megs)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lockheed P-3 Orion Article

Scan-323Scan-325 A large (22 page) article on the Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft. From the MDC Phantom Flyer magazine. Written by Bob Pukala and Fred Roos. A background history and many colors and markings.

Download here or here or here

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Northrop YF-18 Prototype Photos

Untitled 1 Some Northrop YF-18 prototype photos taken at Edwards Air Foce Base by F. B. Mormillo.

Download here or here (18.5 Megs)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

McDonnell Douglas AV-16 Advanced Harrier Article

Untitled 1 An advanced Harrier proposal from 1973. The Advanced Harrier project gained the unofficial designation of AV-16 while Hawker Siddeley assigned the designation of P.1184 to it.

From Wikipedia: “In December 1973, a joint American and British team completed a project document defining an Advanced Harrier powered by the Pegasus 15 engine. The Advanced Harrier was intended to replace the original RAF and USMC Harriers, as well as the USMC's A-4. The aim of the Advanced Harrier was to double the AV-8's payload and range, and was therefore unofficially named AV-16. The British government pulled out of the project in March 1975 owing to decreased defense funding, rising costs, and the RAF's insufficient 60-aircraft requirement.[9][11][12] With development costs estimated to be around £180–200 million (1974 British pounds), the United States was unwilling to fund development by itself, and ended the project later that year.”

See article here

A very good Harrier development article is here

Monday, November 12, 2018

F-4 Modernization Program for the Twenty First Century

F-4-Modernization-Program-for-the-Tw A copy of the McDonnell Douglas Proposal for the F-4 Modernization Program for the Twenty First Century, Vol III – Past Performance. Report MDC A8977, dated 4 January 1985.

Anyone have Vo I and II?

Download here or here or here (2.1 Megs)

Friday, November 9, 2018

P-51-5/Mustang IV Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions

P-51 Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions_01 A copy of the AN 01-60JE-1 Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the North American P-51D-5 and Mustang IV aircraft. Dated 5 April 1944.

Download here or here (32.2 Megs)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

B-24D Liberator Flight Manual

B-24D Liberator Flight Manual_02 A copy of the Consolidated Aircraft Company’s Flight Manual for the B-24D Liberator aircraft. Dated 15 September 1942.

Download here or here (34.6Megs)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bell 47G Illustrated Parts Breakdown

Bell 47G Illustrated Parts Breakdown_01 A copy of the Bell Helicopter Company Illustrated Parts Breakdown for the 47G-5 and –5A helicopter. Dated 15 January 1981.

Download here or here

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Blog Posting Note

After over four years of posting a new blog entry (1633 so far) everyday except vacations, I find that time and age are not my friends anymore!
Therefore, I will not publish a new blog entry on Saturdays or Sundays from now on.
Increasing family commitments and new ills are taking up the time I need to generate a new post each day!
Mr AA
BTW: As a reminder, this is what it takes to publish this material.
1. First, I have to find the material (Photos, articles, booklets; etc.) This takes a lot of time as I have 11 five-drawer file cabinets and 4 large book cases crammed with material!
2. Then the scanning, at an average of 2 min per scan - well, you do the math - another long process.
3. This is followed by dividing the scans into subject matter folders.
4. After that, each scan goes through a photo manipulation process (Think Photoshop) for cropping, sharpening, color balance and contrast correction, defect elimination; etc. Also, on pages that are larger than my scanner bed, I have to use stitching software to combine 2 or 3 scans into 1 image.
5. When I am happy with this outcome, I need to generate PDF's for some subjects and reduce the PDF size for up and downloading.
6. Next I have to upload the scans to an image service or my own website and obtain shortcut links for use in the blog.
7. The blog entry can now be written.
8. All is uploaded to the blog servers.
So, take a minute when you read a blog and appreciate all the (unpaid) work that goes into each entry!!

Note on My Image Holder PostImg message "server not found"

Postimg.org had a registry problem about a year ago and they had to move to Postimg.cc.
All photos are still available; but, the "CC" must be subtituted for "ORG" in the corresponding URL address to get to the proper place. (Hold cursor over link to get URL address or change in address line.) Postimg.org becomes Postimg.cc.
Also... any URLs with the prefix "old." need to have that removed completely as well. IE, old.postimg.org/ should be amended to postimg.cc
Let me know if I need to fix any links beyond the several dozen that I have already fixed.
Mr. AA

Bell X-3 Videos

Untitled 1Untitled 2 Several videos of the Bell X-5 in flight. Credit: YouTube

Click here to download videos in one ZIP file (76.3 Megs)

Monday, November 5, 2018

F-4E Phantoms at DaNang Air Base

Danang-F-4-F-4-131313 421st BLACK WIDOW F-4E’s at Udorn Air Base in Vietnam, circa 1969 . The squadron was briefly re-equipped with the RF-4C reconnaissance version of the Phantom, before being equipped with the F-4E, the last and most advanced version of the Phantom. Combat missions continued in Southeast Asia until the cease-fire on 28 January 1973, in Laos until February 1973, and in Cambodia until 15 August 1973. Credit: Tim White

Download photos as one ZIP file here or here (2.g Megs)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Douglas Skyraider Photos

MyAlbumName003 A number of  photos of the Douglas Skyraider family. Credit: William Rudolph Collection.

Download here or here (4.9 Megs)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Aircraft Recognition for the Ground Observer

Blog Photo A copy of AF manual 355-10 covering Aircraft Recognition for the Ground Observer. LOTS of info and aircraft characteristics. Dated March 1955.

Download here or here (20 Megs)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jane's All the World's Aircraft-2004 & 2005

Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2004-2005_01 A copy of the iconic aircraft "bible" for 2004 & 2005.

Download here or here Note: This is a large file at 256 Megs.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bell 47G Flight Manual

bell47gfm_01 A copy of the Bell Company Flight Manual, for the Bell 47G Helicopter.. Dated 28 May 1958.

Download here or here (12 Megs)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Bell 47G Booklet

Scan-348 A Bell Helicopter company’s sales booklet on the Bell 47G helecopter. Circa 1955. Credit: William Rudolph collection

Download here or here (6.7 Megs)

Good description on Bell 47 helo’s here

Friday, October 26, 2018

British Aircraft Recognition Handbook

British Aircraft Recognition Handbook2_001 A copy of the British Aircraft Recognition Handbook, dated September 1942.

Download here or here (23.7 Megs)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

America's Harriers–AV-8A

Harrier-011 A Hawker Siddeley Aviation factory reprint of the Flight International’s 15 October issue on the America's Harriers, the AV-8A for the USMC.

Download here or here (1.4 Megs)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

YC-15 Assembly Photos

YC-15-05YC-15-03 Various assembly photos of the YC-15 aircraft.  Article photos from Aviation Week & Space Technology, February 4, 1974. The first aircraft was McDonnell-Douglas YC-15A 72-1875.

YC-15 assembly photos are here or here

Download as one ZIP file here or here (9.3 Megs)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

F-4C J79 Pilot Emergency Proceedures

GE J79 Emergency Procedures for F-4C_01 

Download  here or here (4.3 Megs)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Swept Wing McDonnell F2H-5 “Banshee”

McD Swept-wing XF2H-5McD XF2H-5 three view F2H-5 was the unofficial designation for a proposed swept-wing version with the wings, tail and afterburners of McDonnell's XF-88 Voodoo; but,  not built. Credit: Tailspin Turtle

Photo and drawing are here

Friday, October 19, 2018

Three Engine F-106B

Three-engined F-106B-4 NASA technical memorandum, TM X-71439, on the “COMPARISON OF GROUND AND FLIGHT TEST RESULTS USING A MODIFIED F106B AIRCRAFT” Written by Fred A. Wilcox of the Lewis Research Center. Also, photos of the NASA test F-106B

From the forward:  “Two aft underwing nacelles housing afterburning J85 engines were added to an F106 to study exhaust nozzles in flight at Mach numbers up to
1.3. Installation effects were determined for several nozzles by comparing flight data to data from an isolated wind tunnel model. Reynolds number effects were studied at subsonic flight speeds for nozzles intended for use with afterburning turbo-
fan engines. A wide range of Reynolds number was obtained by flying the F106 over a range of altitude and by using 5 and 22% wind tunnel models of the F106. A contoured nozzle had a boattail drag as low as that of a longer circular arc nozzle over the Reynolds number range studied.”

Photos are here

Click here to download memorandum (4.6 Megs)

Alternate download here

Thursday, October 18, 2018

F9F-8 Cougar Flight Handbook

F9F-8 Cougar Flight Handbook_02 A copy of the AN 01-85FGF-1 Flight Handbook for the Grumman F9F-8/8B/8P Cougar aircraft, dated 1 August 1954. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download (18.2 Megs)

Alternate download here

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bell X-5 Photos and Drawings

1 Bell_X-5_USAF A number of factory and general photos and 3-view drawings of the Bell X-5 aircraft.

Click here to download photos and drawings (71.8 Megs)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bell X-5 Research Aircraft Paper

Bell X-5 Research Aircraft Paper_02Bell X-5 Research Aircraft Paper_03 A copy of the research paper written by Warren Greene for the Bell X-5 aircraft. Report was written by the Historical Division of the Wright Air Development Center. Dated March 1954. Details the design and development of the X-5.

Click here to download (11,7 Megs)

Alternate download here

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