Friday, February 22, 2019

Mitsubishi F1M2 “Pete” Article

Another feature aircraft of the month from the McDonnell Modelers Club Phantom Flyer magazine. This time, a short article on the Mitsubishi F1M2 “Pete” aircraft from WWII.

See article here

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Douglas Aircraft Markings and 3-View Drawings

Markings and 3-View drawings of the Douglas F3D, F4D, A2D and AD-1/-6 aircraft. From late 1990’s Avia magazines.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

McDonnell Aircraft Markings and 3-View Drawings

Markings and 3-View drawings of the McDonnell FH-1, XF-85, F-2H and F-3H aircraft. From late 1990’s Avia magazines.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

F-4E “Seek Eagle” Program Aircraft

A company photo of the last flight for the F-4E “Seek Eagle” program on 20 Nov 1970. This photo shows the F-4E (Cum No. 1761) at Edwards Air Force Base with the program personnel and pilot. Note that this aircraft was also part of the Composite Rudder Testing project.

From the Eglin AFB fact sheet: “The “SEEK EAGLE” Program, is the United States Air Force certification process for determining safe/acceptable carriage and release (employment and jettison) limits, loading and unloading procedures, safe escape parameters, and ballistic accuracy, when applicable, for all stores in specified loading configurations on USAF and foreign military sales aircraft.”

See photo here

Monday, February 18, 2019

Castle AFB Museum Photos

A tour of Castle Air Force Museum in Atwater, CA. in the summer of 2018.

Credit: Mark Nankivil.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Feature Aircraft of the Month

A Phantom Flyer Feature Aircraft of the Month on the aircraft of the 3246th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida in June of 1982. A short article by Norm Taylor.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 3

More photos and info on the Northrop A-9A prototype aircraft.

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Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 1 is here

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 2 is here

Additional A-9A blog posts here, here, here and here

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

F-4K Phantom II External Access Doors

A partial copy of SEDR 164 showing the F-4K Phantom II External Access Doors. Dated 20 February 1966.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

F-4 Phantom II External Access Doors

A copy of TDDR-50 for the location of the F-4 Phantom II External Access Doors. Aircraft covered are the F-4B/C/D/J and RF-4B/C.

Dated 1965/66.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

XF-85 Print Articles - Part 5

  A McDonnell XF-85 article from the January 1995 Polish Aeroplan magazine.

Lots of good drawings and photos, including the B-29 markings!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

B-29/XF-85 Article

  A Boeing B-29/McDonnell XF-85 article from the November 2000 Russian Modelist-Konstruktor magazine. Lots of good markings and Insignia info and drawings!

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Scaled Composites ARES “Mud Fighter”

Scaled Composites ARES Model 151-3 “Mud Fighter” info, company fact sheets and photos.

Remarks by Bernhard Klein: "Designed by Rutan Aircraft Factory, this is the Scaled Composites Model 151-3 ARES (Agile Responsive Effective Support) designed as a "Mud Fighter" ground support aircraft in response to the US Army's request for a Low Cost Battlefield Attack Aircraft (LCBAA). It is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney JT15D-1 turbojet engine. The original design was a pusher turboprop and evolved into the current design when Scaled Composites decided to build N151SC as a demonstrator. The ARES first flew on February 19, 1990 and is still available for use as a research testbed."

Download company fact sheets here  or here (02.5 Megs)

Download photos here or here (12.1 Megs)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Grumman F11F-1 Flight Handbook

A copy of Navy Flight Handbook NAVWEPS 01-85FGG-501, for the Grumman F11F-1 aircraft, dated 1 December 1960.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lockheed U-2C/F Flight Manual

A copy of the USAF Flight Manual AF(C)-1-1 for the Lockheed U-2C/F aircraft. This manual is dated 15 October 1968.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Bell P-59 Aircomet Article

  A great article from the March 1980 issue of Air International on the Bell P-59 Aircomet.  Has 3-views, a cut-a-way diagram and lots of photos.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Navy Evaluation of Bell YP-59A (Correction)

Tommy Thomason brought me to task about using the supposed designation of "YF2L-1" for the Navy YP-59A’s. I have modified the prior post to reflect this widely perceived inaccuracy as explained by Tommy.

Tommy’s explanation here

See prior post here

Naval Aviation 1911-1986–A Pictorial Study

A pictorial history of US naval aviation from 1911 to 1986. Lots of facts and photos.

Download here or here (21.7 Megs)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide

The essential guide to the world's aircraft Over 500 photographs of Civilian and military aircraft with Technical data Recognition silhouettes. Dated November 1995

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Standing Operating Procedures for B-29/B-50 Gunners

A copy of SAC Manual 50-7 on the Standing Operating Procedures for B-29/B-50 Gunners. Dated September 1951.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Navy Evaluation of Bell YP-59A

A very poor copy of the Navy TRD No PTR-1106 report on YP-59A Airplanes – Report on Jet Wake Characteristics.

Two YP-59A Airacomets (42-108778 and 42-100779) were delivered to the U.S. Navy where they were evaluated, but were quickly found completely unsuitable for carrier operations. Credit: Craig Kaston via Tommy Thomason

More info here and here about the supposed designation of "YF2L-1".

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Centennial of Naval Aviation Heritage Paint Project

  

Frpm the Florida Times Union: “Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is honoring the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA) celebration in 2011 by participating in the Heritage Paint Project to create living history on Navy aircraft.
Painters at the military maintenance depot are reflecting naval aviation’s 100 years of flight by meticulously applying vintage paint schemes from several eras of naval aviation to selected aircraft not scheduled for deployment.
CoNA not only celebrates the contributions and sacrifices of Navy aviators, past and present, but those of Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviators as well.” Credit: SBGrad and US Navy

Heritage Paint Project PDF here or here (2.5 Megs)

Heritage Paint Project Aircraft Photos here or here (9.3 Megs)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Northrop F-89H Scorpion Flight Manual

  A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO 1F-89H-1 for the Northrop F-89H Scorpion aircraft. This manual is dated 13 February 1959.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Capital City Airshow 2016 Photos

Lots of great photos of this air show in Sacramento, CA. in the October of 2016! Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Northrop F-89D Scorpion Flight Manual

A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO 1F-89D-1 for the Northrop F-89B/C Scorpion aircraft. This manual is dated 20 June 1957.

Download here or here  (70 Megs)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Northrop F-89B/C Scorpion Flight Manual

A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO 1F-89B-1 for the Northrop F-89B/C Scorpion aircraft. This manual is dated 12 September 1958.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Yakovlev Yak-1/-3/-9 Article

 A nice camoflauge and marking article on the Yakovlev Yak-1/-3/-9 aircraft. Published in the April 1971 IPMS Magazine. Credit: IPMS

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Douglas Skyraider Article #2

  A photo article on the Douglas AD-2 and –3 Skyraiders with an AM-1 Mauler photo thrown-in.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

McDonnell Douglas AV-16A Artwork

  A few drawings and artwork for the proposed AV-16A aircraft.

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Additional posts here and here

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Spacecraft Photos

Cover Sixteen photos of spacecraft from Space.com’s 2001 calendar. Great photos! Credit: Space.com

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MDC/Russian MA-31 Supersonic Target (Update 1)

Untitled 1 Another article on the little known MDC project of converting a Russian X-31 missile to the Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST).

See previous posts for an explanation. Credit: Boeing News

Download article here

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thoughts on Fighters

Misc-012 Vetern aircraft designer, Edward H. Heinemann’s article Thoughts on Fighters. Ed talks of the Douglas aircraft that he designed and about the future of aircraft design. Published in the October 1982 issue of “Air International” magazine. Credit: Air International

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Friday, January 11, 2019

U.S. Army Air Corps Painting and Camouflage Orders - 1941

Orders001 A copy of T.O. 07-1-1 for the 1941 U.S. Army Air Corps Painting and Camouflage Orders. Dated April 8 1941. Credit: William T. Larkins

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Northrop YF-17 Walk Arounds

YF-17-Cobra-2 Several Walk Around Photo collections. Credit: For both Walk Arounds, Cees Hendriks.

Walk around # 1 is YF-17 s/n 72-1570 and is on display at the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, USA.

Walk around # 2 is YF-17 s/n 72-1569 and it is on display at the Western Museum of Flight at Torrance, CA.

Download Walk around # 1 here or here (3.6 Megs)

Download Walk around # 2 here or here (31.1 Megs)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

YF-17/Aden 2-D Nozzle System Study

YF-17_Aden 2-D Nozzle System Study_01 A copy of NASA Contractor Report # NASA-CR-144882, dated July 1979.

The purpose oi this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating the G. E. ADEN 2-D vectoring nozzle design on the YF-1'? fighter in order to provide a manned flight demonstrator of 2-D nozzle technology.
The YF-17 YJ101. engines and aft structure would be modified to integrate ADEN
nozzles with a thrust vectoring flap deflection range of 10° up to 20° down. Also canards would be added below the canopy.

Credit: NASA

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

YJ-101/YF-17 Engine Prototype Development Summary

YJ-101_YF-17 Engine Prototype Development Summary_01 A copy of the YJ-101/YF-17 Aircraft Engine Prototype Development Summary. Written by the Aircraft Engine Group of General Electric. Technical report AFAPL-TR-77-18 and dated January 1977.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Northrop YF-17 Pilots Manual

Northrop YF-17 Pilots Manual_01 A copy of the Northrop Company YF-17 Pilots Manual and Check List. NOR-74-101 is dated April 1974.

Download here or here or here (15.3 Megs)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Northrop YF-17 Photos

Index A selection of 130 Northrop YF-17 photos of the two prototypes.

Download here or here (130.9 Megs)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Northrop YF-17 Prototype Paint and Markings Article

F-17-001F-17-002 A small article on the Paint and Markings of the YF-17 Prototypes in 1976. From the IPMS Toledo Chapter newsletter.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fighter Pilot Gunnery

Fighter Pilot Gunnery_01 A copy of the Army Air Forces manual on Fighter Pilot Gunnery, TO No. 00-25-35, dated December 10 1943

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Air Force/Navy General Manual for Structural Repair

AFD-082416-1-1A-1_Unlocked_01 A copy of the Air Force/Navy General Manual for Structural Repair (Engineeering Handbook Series for Aircraft Repair). Air Force TO 1-1A-1 and Navy Navair 01-1A-1, dated 15 January 2016.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Gemini St. Louis Post Dispatch Article

Gemini-001 Gemini-002 A short article on the Gemini capsule as published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper on September 30 1962.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History Photos

1 IMG_5851 Formally known as the National Atomic Museum.

This is the nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field. An intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age. Exhibits spanning the early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Mark Nankivil took a trip to Albuquerque, NM last July 20 2017 and sent these 215 photos. Lotd of aircraft and missiles! Credit: Mark Nankivil

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Photos

douglas c-124a (1502atw)01256-sd5.jpg A group of 106 photos of the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II aircraft. Credit: As noted

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Additional info here

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lockheed P-38L-1 Army Erection and Maintenance Instructions

Lockheed P-38L-1 Army Erection and Maintenance Instructions_01 A copy of the Army Erection and Maintenance Instructions for the Lockheed P-38L-1 aircraft. Dated 1945.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Jane's World Aircraft Recognition Handbook

Jane's World Aircraft Recognition Handbook_01 A copy of the Jane's World Aircraft Recognition Handbook, dated 1982. A standard in the field!

Download here or here (49.8 Megs)

Monday, December 24, 2018

Phantom FGR Mk. 2 Aircrew Manual–Book 1

Phantom FGR Mk. 2 Aircrew Manual–Book 1_01 A copy of the UK AP.101B-0902-15A Aircrew Manual for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II FG Mk 2 aircraft, dated March 1990.
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Friday, December 21, 2018

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Walk Around #2

2 Another set of 97 photos of the XF-85 at the National Museum of the USAF, Dayton, OH. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov and John Heck

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Walk Around #1

7cd96c8dc103017c80f5201724353ddb A set of 76 photos of the XF-85 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, NE. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov and John Heck

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Jane's All the World's Aircraft-1987 & 1988

Jane's All the World's Aircraft-1987 & 1988_0001 A copy of the iconic aircraft "bible" for 1987 and 1988.

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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.

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