Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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!!

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

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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

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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.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Midlife Update #M2 Pilot’s Guide

F-16A and B Pilot's Guide 2000_01 A copy of the Lockheed Martin Midlife Update #M2 Pilot’s Guide, 16PR15269, for the F-16A/B aircraft. Covers new capabilities and cockpit enhancements. Dated 15 March 2000. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

F-4X Navy Proposal–Revised

Revised the narrative due to Kim Simmelink’s email to me. Much better description of the Navy F-4X.

See here

F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Midlife Update #M1 Pilot’s Guide

F-16AB Fighting Falcon Midlife Update #1 Pilot’s Guide_01 A copy of the Lockheed Martin Midlife Update #M1 Pilot’s Guide, 16PR14341, for the F-16A/B aircraft. Covers new capabilities and cockpit enhancements. Dated 15 November 1998. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Flight Manual (USAF)

F-16AB Fighting Falcon Flight Manual (Early)_01 A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO 1F-F16A-1 for the General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon USAF/EPAF aircraft. This manual is dated 10 December 1984. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Navy flight manual here

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Friday, October 12, 2018

F-4X Navy Proposal

F-4X Navy Proposal_01 A copy of the McDonnell Aircraft F-4X proposal for the US Navy. Report No F333, dated Jan 1967.

From Kim Simmelink’s sources":"The Navy conducted a series of studies which were intended to take the F-4B design (the F-4J was still on the drawing board) into the future and give the Navy a much more capable machine by addressing the Phantoms shortcomings and incorporating state of the art systems. Out of these studies came the F-4(FV) concept. The F-4(FV) had a larger, more advance wing of 640 sq. ft., more advance electronics with multi-track and shoot capability, and the J79-GE-10 engine.

The Navy’s F-4X program (not to be confused with the F-4X program for the Air Force which resulted in the F-4E(S) for Israel) took the work done in the F-4(FV) studies and applied them to the upcoming F-4J looking at five different design variations which would take the design into the next century as a viable fleet defender.

The first variation is (referred to as the F-4J+) which was a minimum change of the upcoming F-4J. Improvements were made to the wing, and high lift devices, the catapult performance, and it was to be equipped with a modified AWG-10 with multi-shot capability for the AIM-7F Sparrow III missile.

Next was the F-4(FV)L which built on the F-4J+ with an improved wing (still mounted at the same place as the F-4J) which had increased wing area of 595 sq. feet, improved lift devices (including slats) and better carrier suitability.

The F-4(FV)H was a high wing variation of the F-4(FV)L which had modified main landing gear and lower fuselage, a thinner wing of 560 sq. ft., and offered more growth potential because of changes to the internal volume.

The F-4(FV)S was a revision of the F-4(FVS) proposed earlier by McDonnell, and increased the size of the wing from 420 sq. ft. on the F-4(FVS) to 500 sq. ft. This wing offered improved maneuverability and lower approach speeds. It still retained BLC on the trailing edge flaps. This design had a larger stabilator and vertical tail to improve stability.

The final design study was the F-4(FV)S with an advanced engine. This design would incorporate the increase area intakes of the F-4K along with the General Electric GE-1 engine. This design would have improved approach speeds, service ceiling, and acceleration time.

These studies were a last gasp to breathe new life into the F-4 airframe. But it was already showing its age and newer, more capable aircraft were soon to make it less likely that any serious consideration would be paid to these designs. Some improvements were taken from the studies and incorporated into the F-4S upgrade of the F-4J."

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

F2H Banshee Article “Super Spook”

apr48_01 A large article on the F2H Banshee “Super Spook” from the April 1948 issue of Naval Aviation News. A have included the entire issue.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

F-15E Experimental Camouflage Evaluation

F-15CVisualSigRedux3 F-15E in Experimental Visual Signature Reduction camouflage scheme. Note: schemes were tried out on F-15C aircraft. Dated July 1986. Credit: USAF-SIG

See camo photos here

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

F-4 General Program History Notes

F-4 Phantom II General Program History_01 A copy of the working notes for a McAir report on the F-4 General Program History. Lots of good dates on deliveries and program history.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Grumman F-14A Utility Preliminary Flight Manual

Grumman F-14A Utility Preliminary Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Grumman Company gererated F-14A Utility Preliminary Flight Manual, NAVAIR 01-F14A-1, dated 1 June 1972.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

F-4M (FVS) Aircraft Swing Wing Proposal

F-4M FVS Report F376 Feb-24-67_01F-4M (FVS) A copy of the McAir F-4M (FVS) Aircraft Swing Wing Proposal, F378. Dated 24 February 1967.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

F-4 (FVS) Swing Wing Aircraft Tech Development Plan

USN F-4 FVS Aircraft E790 Aug-10-66_01 A copy of McAir report E790 on the F-4 FVS Swing Wing AircraftTech Development Plan. Dated 10 August 1966.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

F-4 (FVS) Aircraft Swing Wing Detail Specification

USN F-4 FVS Aircraft Detail Specification A copy of the McAir report No.SD513-2 on the F-4 FVS Aircraft Swing Wing Detail Specification proposal. Dated 10 August 1966.

From the AeroSpace Project Review: “In the mid 1960’s, the McDonnell Aircraft Company devoted some internal funds and effort to the F-4(FVS). This would have removed the wing from the F-4 Phantom II and replaced it with an all-new shoulder-mounted swing wing. The target of this enterprise was primarily the US Navy; MAC assured them that the F-4(FVS) would be a superior carrier plane to the standard F-4 due to better low-speed handling characteristics. Howver, while the design seems to have been pretty sound, by this point the Navy wanted a capability the Phantom couldn’t provide: Phoenix missiles. In the end, the Navy largely ignored the F-4(FVS) and went with the F-14. But even then, McDonnell-Douglas proposed a design for the F-14 contest, the Model 225A, that was in part derived from the F-4(FVS) studies.”

See more info here

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Douglas A4D-2N Dual Wheel Army Trial–Part II

Northrop 174735-071a,b G-91, A4D  sod testsTommy Thomason sent me some more photos and a write-up on the Douglas A4D-2N Dual Wheel Army soft field trial. Thanks Tommy!

Click here to download in one ZIP file (9.6 Megs)

Photos and write-up here

Part I here

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

F-4 (FV) Technical Proposal

F-4 (FV)Technical Proposal_01 Report B560 (Vol 1), dated 16 March 1965.

From the forward:
“This report presents McDonnell Aircraft Corporation‘s unsolicited proposal
for a three and one-half month, Navy-sponsored program definition of the Advanced
F-4B fighter aircraft concept identified as the F-4(FV). Preliminary studies per-
formed by McDonnell on this and previous configurations have been reviewed by the
Bureau of Naval Weapons. Navy review of McDonnell's preliminary efforts directed
the selection of the F-4(FV) configuration for fighter Weapon System Definition
Study now proposed. The comprehensive study proposed in this report will result
in the develoment of a program definition to assist the Navy in making a decision
on procurement of an Advanced Fleet Air Defense Hespon System.”

Note: This report and proposal predates the F-4(FV)S swing wing aircraft.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

F-4C/D/E/G & RF4C Structural General Info Repair Manual

F4C,D,E,G & RF4C Structural General Info Repair Manual_01 F4C,D,E,G & RF4C Structural General Info Repair Manual, T.O. 1F-4C-3-1-1, dated 15 October 1971. Credit: Dick Barton

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Douglas A4D-2N Dual Wheel Army Trial–Part I

A-4 Duel Wheel - 001 Two A4D-2Ns (BuNos 148490 and 148483) were modified in 1961 for evaluation by the US Army as a ground support aircraft. Each of these planes was fitted with a drag chute stored in a canister underneath the rear fuselage and was fitted with low-pressure twin-wheel main undercarriage members that retracted into enlarged fairings underneath the wings. The two A4D-2Ns were evaluated by the Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama in competition with the Northrop N-156 and the Fiat G.91R. However, it was decided that the Army would not be permitted to operate fixed-wing attack aircraft, leaving responsibility for close air support of ground troops to the Air Force, the Navy, or the Marine Corps. As a result, none of the competitors was ordered by the Army, and the two A4D-2Ns were then converted back to standard configuration and delivered to the Navy.*

* From Joe Baugher Skyhawk narrative

Letter to me from Harry Gann (Famous Douglas Historian/Author):

“I am enclosing photos of both the A4D-2N aircraft that were modified for the Army trials.The mods were quick and dirty and would have been cleaned up considerable if they had been put into production. The colors were standard USN gray with Douglas flight test red (see same included color photo for color only). The US Army dragged their feet on the aircraft and as a result, nothing was ever done in spite of the favorable showing of the A-4 over the other two aircraft.  I guess the US Army was planning on putting their eggs in the doubled Cheyene basket which rose up to bite them.
I was heavily involved in the project as I was in advanced design at the time.  We even had R.G. Smith do a painting of an O D colored A4D-5 for the project.
Harry Gann”

Dual Wheel photos and articles here

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mr. MAC’s Helicopters - Part II

[000289]_01 Another good report on McAir’s helicopter history from 1842 to 1960. Written by Professor Paul Czysz based to his years at McAir and Fred Roos’ article.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ilyushin IL-2 Flight Manual (English)

Flight Manual - IL-2 Aircraft(English_01 An english translation of the original Russian manual for the Ilyushin IL-2 aircraft.

Russian copy here

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Mr. MAC’s Helicopters–Part I

[000290]_01 A nice report on the McAir helicopter projects from 1939 t0 1960. Written by Fred Roos and first presented at the AIAA conforence in January 2003.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

F-4K/M Phantom II 3-View and Profile Article

AVIA_2012_37AVIA_2012_41 A very nice article from the Modeling Designer Magazine of 2012. Written in Russian; but, can be translated by using this website: http://www.i2ocr.com/free-online-russian-ocr

Page gallery here

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

McDonnell and Douglas 3-View Drawings and Profiles

File 28 A few 3-View Drawings and Profiles from the magazine Modeling Designer that I found in my files. Enjoy!

Click here yo view pages

Click here to download all drawings in one ZIP file (11.4 Megs)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

McAir Four Aircraft Poster

McAir Four Aircraft Poster A unique poster from McDonnell Aircraft showing four different types of aircraft built in St. Louis. Shows Phantom I, Banshee, Demon and the first Phantom II.

Click here to view

Monday, September 24, 2018

Douglas Skyrocket Article

1948 - 0171_01 One of the first articles on the “new” Douglas Skyrocket aircraft. Note original style flush canopy. This short article is from the February 5 1948 Flight magazine issue.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Booklet

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds_01 A nice little simple booklet on the The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds team. Some nice F-16 photos.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Blue Angels Booklet

The Blue Angels_01 The 1975 booklet on the Blue Angels demonstration team. Lots of nice photos.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

History and Heroism- The RAF Museum in Focus

History and Heroism- The RAF Museum in Focus_1 A special publication to celebrate the RAF Museum in the RAF’s 100 anniversary. Many photos of the history of the museum and the exhibits.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Soviet Long Range and Naval Aviation Missiles

Soviet Long Range and Naval Aviation Missiles_1_1 A copy of an obsure publication called Soviet Long Range and Naval Aviation Missiles. Written by Sergie Moroz and Sergie Popsuevich and dated 2001. Many 3 views and info on all of the above missiles. Written in both Russian and English! A true find for understanding Soviet missiles.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On the Frontier–Flight Research at Dryden

On the Frontier–Flight Research at Dryden_02 From the NASA History Series. A copy of the report On the Frontier–Flight Research at Dryden from 1946 to 1981 (SP-4303). Written by Richard P. Hallion and dated 1984.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

VFW-614 Flight Manual

VFW-614 Flight Manual_01 A copy of the flight manual, Vol. 1-Operating Information, for the VFW-Fokker 614 commercial aircraft. Dated January 1978.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

OV-10A (Black Pony) Information Sheet

OV-10A (Black Pony Information Sheet_01 A xerox copy of the North American OV-10A (Black Pony) Information Sheet. Covers aircraft ststs, weapons and type of patrols the aircraft were used for. “Black Ponies” were the Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

USAF OperationsTraining Course for the OV-10

USAF OperationsTraining Course for the OV-10_01 A copy of the North American OV-10 USAF OperationsTraining Course. Dated February 1983. Dated 26 January 1983.

From the course introduction: “During the transition phase {Initial Qualifica-
tion), you will practice previously learned flying skills while developing the specific techniques required for the 0V-10. In the tactical phase {Mission Qualification}. you will learn the duties of a Forward Air Controller. Upon completing the course you will be designated a Mission Capable (MC) FAC. if your final assignment is to a command other than TAB. you might receive an additional checkride along with theater indoctrination before upgrade to Mission Ready (MR) status.”

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

North American OV-10 Operational Training Course

North American OV-10 Operational Training Course_01 A copy of the North American OV-10 Operational Training Course #2. Dated February 1983.

From the introduction: “This syllabus prescribes the overall training strategy and approximate amount of instruction required for a student having the entry prerequisites to attain the course goals and to graduate.”

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Future Aeronautical and Space Systems Report

Future Aeronautical and Space Systems_01 An AIAA report on Future Aeronautical and Space Systems, dated January 1, 1997. Written by A. Noor and S. Venneri. Interesting reading!

From review: “As the Earth's population grows and migrates, air and space travel as we currently know it will have to change to meet the requirements of a new society. This exciting book looks at the possibilities and probabilities of future air and space travel. It reports on the latest experimental research, including up-to-date artists' renderings, color plates, and more than 200 figures and tables. It also details applications for these new systems and vehicles.”

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Italian C-130J/KC-130J Performance Manual

Italian C-130J Performance Manual_01 A copy of the Lockheed Martin Company manual for the Italian C-130J and KC-130JPerformance Data. Dated 21 October 2006.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Laminar Flow Control Reports

Laminar Flow Control Reports 1_01 Having been a Wind Tunnel Test Conductor at one point in my Aeronautical Engineering career, I am a sucker for these reports! Here are three NASA Laminar Flow Control Reports on aircraft.

1. Overview of Laminar Flow Control, dated October 1998

2. Aircraft Laminar Flow Control, dated 1998

3. Feasibility and Benefits of Laminar Flow Control on Supersonic Cruise Airplanes,     dated July 3 1989

Download all three in one ZIP file (13.1 Megs)

Much more here

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

F-4 & F-101 Deceleration Parachute

F-4 & F-101 Deceleration Parachute 2013-5-15_01 Desription and dimensions of F-4 and F-101Deceleration Parachute. It says F-101 but it's the same type as used by the F-4, according to Mills. Dated May 15 2013. Credit: Charles

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Monday, September 10, 2018

McAir 1000th Aircraft Rollout-F3H-1N Demon

Misc-019 McDonnell Airscoop newspaper article on the 1000th aircraft built by McDonnell Aircraft, aF3H-1N Demon. Paper is dated January 1955. Credit: William Rudolph collection

Download article here

Sunday, September 9, 2018

F-101 Voodoo Introduction Article

1 McDonnell Airscoop newspaper article on the introduction of the F-101 Voodoo aircraft. Paper is dated December 1954. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Boeing B-727 Fuselage and Wing Station Charts

 Scan-222We are used to station and dimension charts for military aircraft; but. seldom see them for commercial aircraft. I came across these for the Boeing B-727 aircraft in an FAA Advisory Circular, dated 22 January 1973.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket Walk Around

P1590731 Two sets of Walk Around photos of Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket Bu No. 37973 on display at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino California. Credit: Cees Hendriks

Click here to download the first set (30.22 Megs)

Click here to download the second set (19.1 Megs)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket Plans

1 Misc-001 Douglas Company issue of scale model plans for the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket. Credit: William Rudolph collection

View plans here

Click here to download a full sized plan (25.5 Megs)

A nice poster of the Skyrocket is here

Toward Mach 2 - The Douglas D-558 Program

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