Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Douglas RA-3B Skywarrior Flight Manual

Douglas RA-3B Skywarrior Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Navy Flight Manual NAVWEPS 01-40ATB-1 for the Douglas RA-3B Skywarrior aircraft. This manual is dated 1 October 1965.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Douglas X-3 Stiletto Photos–Part 2

Douglas X-3 Stiletto 1953 Some more Douglas X-3 photos.

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Douglas X-3 Stiletto Photos–Part 1 is here

Friday, May 29, 2020

Allison Model V-1710-35 Engine Handbook of Operation

Allison Model V-1710-35 Engine Handbook of Operation  _01 A copy of the Allison Model V-1710-35 Engine Handbook of Operation manual. Dated October 21, 1941.

Used in aircraft like the Bell FM-1 Airacuda, Bell FL Airabonita, Bell P-39 Airacobra ,Bell P-6 Kingcobra ,Boeing XB-38 Flying Fortress, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender ,Curtiss XP-60A ,Curtiss P-37 ,Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster ,Lockheed P-38 Lightning ,North American A-36 Apache ,North American F-82 Twin Mustang anbdNorth American P-51 Mustang.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Learjet Early Design Brochure

Learjet Early Design Brochure _01 A copy of a Learjet Early Design Brochure. Lots of good info from Bill Lear on the early Learjet! Dated 1962. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat Pilot’s Handbook

Grumman F4F Wildcat Pilot's Manual_01 An copy of  Navy Pilot’s Handbook AN 01-190FB-1, for the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat aircraft, this one dated 15 Juner 1945.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Flight Manual

Consolidated PB4Y Privateer Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Consolidated company generated PB4Y-2 Privateer Flight Manual. Dated 1945.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

F-18 Arctic Splinter Camouflage

Splinter6 A few photos of another interesting paint scheme! This time the F-18’s Arctic Splinter Camouflage of the VFC-12 “Fighting Omars” at Naval Air Station Oceana Virginia Beach, VA.
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Friday, May 22, 2020

F-15 65th Aggressor Squadron Desert Camouflage Scheme

F-15D, serial # 85-0129, in-flight over the Mojave Desert near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. during a training mission on July 8, 2010. The aircraft is assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron, 57th Adversary Tactics Group and wears a two-tone desert camouflage. Maj. Gus Palmquist pilots the aircraft while Col. Jerry Gandy is in the back seat. USAF photo by Greg L. Davis  Several photos of the interesting F-15 65th Aggressor Squadron Desert Camouflage Scheme.

From Airwingspotter: “The Desert Scheme consists of 2 tone tan and Brown of FS 30140 and FS 30279. The leading edge has the Grey FS 36251. Nose cone retains the Mod Eagle Grey FS 36176. A very distinctively colored camouflage scheme where it mimic Soviet era jet fighters like the MIG-23 or the newer SU-27 with the Russian Style Bord Number. The pattern has a tightly sprayed soft edge camo pattern.”

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Robert Taylor Aviation Artwork

Robert Taylor 36 A set of 47 great bomber and fighter aircraft artwork from the artist Robert Taylor.

“The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art for over a quarter of a century and he is widely regarded as the world’s premier painter of aviation subjects, and is certainly the most widely collected artist in the history of the genre.”

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Further info on the artist Robert Taylor here

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Douglas A-20G Havoc Erection and Maintenance Manual

Douglas A-20G Erection and Maintenance Manual_01 A copy of the Douglas A-20G Havoc Erection and Maintenance Manual, AN 01-40AL-2, dated 1945.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

C-17A Globemaster III Walk Around–Part II

c17a1 Walk around photos of the C-17A Globemaster III. Taken at Abbotsford airshow, Abbotsford International Airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Credit: Ross Spenard

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Part I C-17A walk around is here

Monday, May 18, 2020

I Remember Rockwell Bldg 290

I Remember Bldg 290-rev 12 shorter ver 2a_01 Attached is a essay called “I Remember Bldg 290”. It’s about Anthony D. Vidana’s time working for Rockwell Space Division for the Apollo Test and Operation (ATO) at the Apollo Spacecraft and Space Shuttle factory in Downey, CA. Credit: Anthony D. Vidana PE

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Man On The Moon Booklet

img20191121_13351106 A copy of the company made Apollo 11 book that employees could purchase at work at Space Division Rockwell during the Apollo era. Dated 1969. Credit: Anthony D. Vidana PE

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Story of Space Station Mir

The Story of Space Station Mir_01 A comprehensive history of the Russian space station MIR. Written by David M. Harland. Dated 2005.

Details how a succession of Salyut space stations led to the development of Mir. Depicts Mir’s assembly piece by piece, in space, between 1982 and 1996. Describes how Mir became an international research laboratory. Advises how Mir technology went on to form the ‘core modules’ of the ISS. The definitive account of Mir throughout its life through to de-orbiting in March 2001.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

50 Years of X-Planes

Poster3 Poster2 Poster1 A set of posters issued by Popular Mechanics magazine listing all the X-planes of the past 50 years. Dated 1996. A nice summary in one place!

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight Pilot Handbook

Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight Pilot Handbook_01 A copy of the Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight Pilot’s handbook, Report No. AN 01-40FAB-1, dated July 15 1952.

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The Douglas F3D-1 Skyknight Pilot’s handbook is here

Friday, May 8, 2020

Goodyear GA-468 Inflatoplane (XAO2G-1)

Goodyear_AO-3_Inflatoplane_in_air This original concept of an all-fabric inflatable aircraft was based on Taylor McDaniel's inflatable rubber glider experiments in 1931. Designed and built in only 12 weeks, the Goodyear Inflatoplane was built in 1956, with the idea that it could be used by the military as a rescue plane to be dropped in a hardened container behind enemy lines. The 44 cubic ft (1.25 cubic meter) container could also be transported by truck, jeep trailer or aircraft. There were at least two versions. It took about five minutes to inflate to about 25 psi (170 kPa); at full size, it was 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m) long, with a 22 ft (6.7 m) wingspan. A pilot would then hand-start the two-stroke cycle, 40 horsepower (30 kW) Nelson engine, and takeoff with a maximum load of 240 pounds (110 kg). On 20 US gallons (76 L) of fuel, the aircraft could fly 390 miles (630 km), with an endurance of 6.5 hours. Maximum speed was 72 miles per hour (116 km/h), with a cruise speed of 60 mph. Later, a 42 horsepower (31 kW) engine was used in the aircraft.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Evolution of the F-4 Phantom II

Untitled 1 A McAir account and introduction to the F-4 Phantom II given by H.D. Barkley, Vice President of McAir Engineering. Presented at the Technical Program Management Siminar of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers on 20 April 1971. Credit: Bill Spidle

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Bell YFM1B Operation and Flight Instructions

Bell YFM1B Operation and Flight Instructions_02 A copy of the Bell YFM1 and YFM1B Operation and Flight Instructions Handbook. Dated June 1, 1940.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Bell YFM1A Operation and Flight Instructions

YFM 1A Handbook_01 A copy of the Bell YFM1A Operation and Flight Instructions Handbook. Dated December 20, 1940.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Arkansas ANG Fort Smith Photos

IMG_4205 Mark Nankivil took a tour of the Arkansas Air National Guard on 20 March 2015. Home of the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard (ARANG), Fort Smith, Arkansas, "Flying Razorbacks" Has F-101 and F-4 aircraft! Credit: Mark Nankivil

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Holloman AFB QF-4E Photos

IMG_2419 Mark Nankivil and his son took a tour of the 82nd ATRS (Aerial Targets Squadron) at Holloman AFB on 16 March 2015. Many photos of QF-4 target aircraft! Credit: Mark Nankivil

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

RF-4B/C AN APQ-102A Side Looking Radar Booklet

Planning & Flying the Mission with the AN APQ-102A Side Looking Radar Booklet_01 A copy of the Goodyear Aerospace booklet on Planning & Flying the Mission with the AN APQ-102A Side Looking Radar for the RF-4B/C aircraft. Dated April 1967. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Air National Guard RF-101G/H Photographic Reconnaisance Systems

Air National Guard RF-101GH Photographic Reconnaisance Systems Apr-15-68_02 A copy of the McDonnell Douglas Product Support manual for the Air National Guard RF-101GH Photographic Reconnaisance Systems. Dated 15 April 1968. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

72nd Scale Drawings

72 Scale-001 In the late 60’s and thru the 80’s, a number of small firms published things like this. This is a small pamphlet of 1/72nd camo and line drawings of American, British and German WWII aircraft.   

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Monday, April 27, 2020

F-15 Spin Test Program Notes

F-15 Spin Test Program Notes_01 Another narrative from Jack Abercrombie on the early days of the F-15 Eagle project, A first hand account of the F-15 Spin Test Program. This narrative is part of Jack Abercrombie’s memoirs. Jack was an Aerodynamics Project Engineer from 1971 to 1978. Credit: Jack Abercrombie

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Additional blog info supplied by Jack Abercrombie here

Friday, April 24, 2020

Convair Model NX2 Atomic Plane Photos and Info

ConvairNX-2-01 A number of  photos and drawings of the proposed

Convair Model NX2 Atomic Plane of the 1960’s.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Convair Model NX2 Atomic Plane Article

nx2_1 An article about the very serious attempt to make an atomic aircraft! Article is from the Science and Mechanics magazine, January 1961.

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A very good explanation is here

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Douglas C-54G and R5D-5 Skymaster Flight Operating Instructions

C-54G and R5D-5 Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Flight Operating Instructions AAF Manual AN 01-40NU-1 for the Douglas C-54G and R5D-5 Skymaster aircraft. Dated 7 February 1952.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Douglas C-54 Skymaster Pilot Training Manual (Alternate)

C-54 Pilot Training Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot Training Manual AAF Manual No. 50-14 for the Douglas C-54 Skymaster aircraft. Dated 1944.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Douglas C-54 Skymaster Pilot Training Manual

Douglas C-54 Pilot Training Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot Training Manual AAF Manual No. 51-129-3 for the Douglas C-54 Skymaster aircraft. Dated 1 August 1945.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

F-4 Phantom II Accident Investigation Workbook

F-4 Phantom II Accident Investigation Workbook _01 A great wookbook on the early F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Lots of info and tables on structure, loads, and dimensions. Dated December 1967.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

United States Naval Aviation 1910–2010 (Vol 1 & 2)

United States Naval Aviation 1910 - 2010 Vol 2_01 United States Naval Aviation 1910–2010 is the fifth and final hardbound edition of the series, which was initiated in 1960. That first issue celebrated the first 50 years of United States naval aviation and this two-volume set commemorates the centenary. Previous editions have proved an invaluable first-stop research tool to aviation, naval, and military historians. Note: I have combined the two volumes into one PDF. Written by Mark L. Evans and Roy A. Grossnick for the  Naval History & Heritage Command. Dated 2015.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

United States Naval Aviation 1910 - 1995

UnitedStatesNavalAviation1910-1995_01 The fourth edition of the United States Naval Aviation
1910-1995 is a testimony to Naval Aviation’s achievements as it prepares to enter the 21st century and its first one hundred years of service. The Naval
Historical Center’s Aviation History Office has expanded on previous editions to make this chronology the quintessential reference work on Naval Aviation history. WEritten by  Roy A. Grossnick and William J. Armstrong, for the  Naval History & Heritage Command. Dated 1997.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

F-18A D'Skunk Photos (Mystery F-18A)

Untitled 1 The mystery McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A-11-MC Hornet No. 161925 has been identified as the “D’Skunk”. See yesterday’s post. It is finished in a truly striking scheme of segmented black and white which was no doubt applied as a means of recording and thus comparing visual data collected during testing.

So from the left side it is black on top and white on the underside and from the right side it is white on top and black on the underside.  This is a US Navy Test aircraft.

This F-18A Hornet that was flown by the Naval Air Test Centre at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, commonly called "Pax River".

The machine wears the unflattering name of “D'Skunk” on either side of her spine undoubtedly bought about by her black and white coloring as well as full color national insignia with a thin white outline to make it stand out from the black background.  Another oddity is that is wears the designator 7T on its vertical stabilisers rather than the SD Air Wing designator worn by Naval Air Warfare Centre Naval Aircraft Division aircraft at Patuxent River. 

The only remaining mystery is why I have photos of it from before it was assigned in 1986?

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Monday, April 13, 2020

F-18A Mystery Painted Aircraft

MyAlbumName001 This is McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A-11-MC Hornet No. 161925. Either I have been cooped up too long or my memory is just failing; but, I don’t remember why it is painted in this black and white scheme! Does anyone know? (Yes, I know that these are very poor Polaroid photos; but, it is all I have.) Please  leave a comment or email me.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Milestones of the Air

Milestones of the Air_01 A copy of Janes Milestones of the Air book of 100 significant aircraft. Dated 1969.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Bell 207 Sioux Scout Photos

Bell 207 Sioux Scout-0 A few photos of the Bell 207 Sioux Scout prototype helicopter of 1963.

From Wikipedia:The Bell 207 Sioux Scout was a modified Bell 47 helicopter, developed by Bell Helicopter under contract from the United States Army, as a proof-of-concept demonstrator for the Bell D-255 helicopter gunship design, featuring a tandem cockpit, stub wings, and a chin-mounted gun turret.”

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Additional McDonnell Aircraft Model 119 Photos

9a McDonnell Model 119 N119M on McAir Ramp A collection of (107) McAir Model 119 photos that I have collected over the years. Some old and some new. Presented as a ZIP file for downloading. Note: This is a large file to download (180 Megs) Credit: Internet and as marked.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

F-4 Model Guide

F-4 Model Guide_01 Another nice detailed guide of F-4 aircraft types. Lots of details. Credit: Joe Baugher                

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Monday, April 6, 2020

F-4 Phantom Guide for the Masses

F-4 Phantom Guide for the Masses_01 A good listing of all the F-4 types. Note: I have NOT validated all this info. But, it is a great start! Corrections and additions are here. Credit: Jay Chladek

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Aircraft Year Book for 1953

THE-1953-AIRCRAFT-YEAR-BOOK_01 A complete review of the events and developments in military and civil aviation in the nation along with a complete directory of aircraft, executives, statistics, chronology and agencies in United States aviation.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Military Aircraft Recognition Manual

Military Aircraft Recognition Manual 1953_01 Military aircraft recognition pictorial manual. Silhouettes and photographs of US & UK and German, Japanese & Italian aircraft are included.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep

American Helicopter Co. XH-26 Jet Jeep 5 A number of photos of the American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep.

From Wikipedia: “The American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep (known as the XA-8 by its manufacturer) was an experimental tip jet helicopter developed in 1951 by the American Helicopter Company to meet a United States Army and Air Force (USAF) request for a collapsible and air-droppable observation helicopter.”

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Good close-up photos here

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Aircraft Recognition Pictorial Manual

Aircraft_Recognition_Manual_01 A copy of the War Department (FM 30-30) and Navy Department’s (Buaer 3). Aircraft Recognition Pictorial Manual. Dated June 1943.

This manual on aircraft recognition is primarily designed for self-instruction and general use but will also serve as a text in recognition courses. It includes four types of material: black and white silhouettes; wash drawings; photographs; and editorial matter. The material in this manual has been assembled and edited jointly by Army and Navy aviation training divisions.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Continental Airlines-The First Fifty Years

Continental Airlines 50 Years_01 A history of Continental Airlines from 1934 to 1984.

Great history of an american airline.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

McDonnell Space Shuttle Concepts

29155430_2_x NTF_STS_wind_tunnel_modelSeveral McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle concepts. Over the years, the concepts changed greatly. I Wind Tunnel tested the concept on the right above.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Model 119A USAF Flight Evaluation Report

Model 119A Flight USAF Eval_01 A better partial copy of the USAF Flight Evaluation Report for the McDonnell Model 119A. Report #AFFTC-TR-59-25, dated September 1959.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

NACA XF-85 Wind Tunnel Research Memorandum

NACA XF-85 Wind Tunnel Research Memorandum_01 Untitled 2Untitled 1A copy of the McDonnell XF-85 NACA Langley Wind Tunnel research memorandum involving 1/10th stability and control Goblin scale model. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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