Sunday, December 29, 2013
This United States Air Force technical order covers USAF aircraft Markings and layout schemes through 1998.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
In 1976 a number of Fire Chiefs asked MDC to design a “Flying Fire Engine” to rescue people from high rise fires above where ladders could reach. The result was the SMS. It was slung under a helicopter and maneuvered by an on board engine and could hold about 19 people. A unique idea that actually worked and was tested by the LA fire department for a year. But, reaction was mixed concerning the limitations of the helicopter that was needed and only the prototype was ever made.
Excellent references for this are:
1. Secret Project Forum Info – Many photos and discussion.
2. YouTube Demo Film - Periscope Film LLC archive
3. Flicker Photo Stream – By SeattleGuy51
4. Mikes Photos – Fire department photos
Almost all of my info comes from my own archives; but, when I need some additional info, some clarification or just for entertainment - I go to these sites:
4. The Hush-Kit - The alternative aviation magazine
5. Aerospace History Blog – By White Eagle Aerospace
6. Stellar-Views – Great photo galleries
7. RetroMechanix – Yesterday’s wings
8.The Phantom Phacts – More F-4 facts
9.Travel for Aircraft – Military and Civilian aircraft photos
The last photo is a production installation. This part of the Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS) requirement.
The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded in 1921.
McDonnell Aircraft Corporation was founded in1939.
In 1967 McDonnell Aircraft Corporation merged with Douglas. The combined company was called the McDonnell Douglas Corporation (MDC), with headquarters at St Louis.
The main divisions were, McDonnell Aircraft Company (MCAIR), and Douglas Aircraft Company (DAC), while Douglas Missiles & Space Systems Division became the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company (MDAC).
In 1984 MDC purchased Hughes Helicopters and formed the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC).
The parent MDC was later subdivided into DAC, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA), comprising MCAIR, MDHC and MD Space and Electronic Systems, and Military Transport Aircraft (MTA), a separate company for the production of the C-17.*
In 1997 most of MDC was purchased by Boeing. All aircraft remaining in production becoming Boeing products. The only part not purchased was McDonnell Douglas Helicopters, which was sold to a specially formed Dutch group called MD Helicopter Co. They continue the MDHC products in Mesa, Arizona.
* Along the way, we had McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company (MDA), McDonnell Douglas Transportation Company (MDTC), McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation (MDFC), McDonnell Douglas Technical Services Company (MDTSCO) and the McDonnell Douglas Automation Company (McAUTO), to name a few.
For a good Douglas Aircraft history, go here
Some of the Douglas Aircraft Corporation logos:
Some of the McDonnell Aircraft/McDonnell Douglas Corporation logos:
Monday, December 16, 2013
See below for Part I and Part II.
News packets were prepared for the press and other media whenever a new aircraft or model was introduced. They contained photos, fact sheets, descriptions and sometimes booklets. This was the press release packet for the Spanish F-18.
See this article for more details : http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/equip/m61.htm