Sunday, September 25, 2016

Amateur Rocketeers of America

Untitled 11 Rocket Manual for Amateurs - By Capt. Bertrand R. Brinley (Ballantine Books - 1960 OK, this blog entry is for me and my Kids and Grandkids!

I was brought up at the very start of the Space Race (1957-1958), and I wanted to be a Rocket Engineer. The problem was that no one gave out a Rocket Engineer degree; so, I became an Aeronautical Engineer (My second love!).

Long before the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) came into being, there was another organization for kids who wanted to build and launch high-powered amateur experimental rockets. It was called the Amateur Rocketeers of America (ARA). Founded by John Carlson, this organization was in existence from 1958 through about 1963. The ARA had an official Army Captain named Bertrand R. Brinley as liasion for young people who were into rocket design and Launching.

My buddy, Vernell Curvey and I were rocket nuts and joined the ARA in 1960. We even had the official ARA jackets and met the Capt. for a convention at Camp Atterbury, Indiana in 1961. (The ARA blockhouse still stands at Camp Atterbury, 43 years after the Army closed the launch facility.)

Our “Bible” was the “Rocket Manual For Amateurs” by the Capt. and was helped out by the latest ESTES catalogue’s design information. (See below)

My buddy and I were only Juniors in High School; but, had to learn Advanced Calculus in order to design the 4 ft rockets that we made using Zinc Dust/Sulphur or Sugar/Potassium Nitrate and even Gunpowder! (Hey, it was a very different world back them.) Except for being set in West Virginia while we were in Southern Illinois , view the movie “October Sky” to see our rocket making journey.

I have attached photos of my jacket, an early Estes catalogue, Alpha and Beta rocket plans that we made, our early rocket designs and some early calculations.

I told my family about my adventures for MANY years and now I can show them.

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Click here to download the rocket manual in PDF form (16.70)

Click here for a "Rocket College" story

Saturday, September 24, 2016

F-4 Phantom II Compass Ghost Lights

Visual Stealth - Compass Ghost - F-4 Phantom lights I love special, one off, projects; so, I was happy to find this. This is the origin of the F-4 Compass Ghost paint scheme. Credit: A very eclectic blog here

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Original Bayou Renaissance Man Article

Friday, September 23, 2016

More F-4 Phantom II Development and 3-View Drawings

Scan101 Another really good side view/development and 3-view illustrations on the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Again, I don’t know the credit!

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Earlier blog post on this subject

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Royal Canadian Navy F2H-3 Banshees

Scan025 A short; but, really great article from IPMS Canada on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) use and markings of the F2H-3 McDonnell Banshee. Written by R. Migliardi and G. Marshall for the IPMS Canadian publication, Random Thoughts, Vol 15. (A consistently first class quarterly!) Credit: International Plastic Modellers' Society – Canada

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yokota Air Base Japan Miscellaneous Photos

Scan0009 Bart Coleman’s short article on the aircraft at the Yokota Air Base in Japan during the late 1940’s. This includes rare photos of an active duty Northrop F-15A Reporter (#45-59316). Written for the McAir Phantom Flyer club magazine.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

XF-88 Early Three View Drawing

Stitched Page 1 A  copy of an early three view drawing of the XF-88 aircraft. (Original and a cleaned-up copy)

Compare with the 1947 General Arrangement Army Fighter concept drawing here.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Douglas A-3 Skywarrior Photos

Douglas A-3 Skywarrior A few Douglas A-3 Skywarrior family photos. Credit: The Jean archive collection via the BoxArt Den

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

McDonnell Model 119/220 Miscellaneous Material

Scan193810 Scan2470 A collection of misc material that I have gathered over the years pertaining to the 119/220 aircraft!

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Promotional 119/220 movies:

First movie here

Second movie here

Saturday, September 17, 2016

McDonnell Model 119/220 Articles

7 Scan2487Scan2403a A couple of articles that I have found over the years.

The first article is a company reprint form 9 February 1959 “Aviation Week” on the roll out of the new McAir “Turbojet Utility Plane”/.

The second is an article for the McAir “Phantom Flyer” by Bob Burgess entitled “The Baby 707” Enjoy!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

McDonnell Model 119A Flight Evaluation Report

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

click here to download the report in PDF form (49.6 Megs)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Model 119 Estimated Performance Report

1 Model 119 Performance McAir report #5708, dated 21 October 1957 for the Model 119 UCX version.

Click here to download report in PDF form (42.3 Megs)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

McDonnell Model 119C Drawings

Scan2395 Scan2396 Various drawings of the McDonnell Model 119C proposal.

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