Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
A set of photos of the F-15 Flight Test aircraft on the ground at Edwards Air Force Base in 1972 and 1973. I have presented several of these photos before; but, thought that it would be a nice post with them all together! The last three photos are courtesy of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Nice F-4G prototype photo and two articles on the MDC F-4G Wild Weasel. First article is by Jim Griffiths and was published in the MDC Phantom Flyer. The second was published, I think, in Aviation Week. Between the two, you have a nice summary of the program and antenna placements. Also include is the MDC Loft Line sheet LS 53-1055 showing the Wild Weasel pod configuration and station cuts.
Go here to see F-4G cockpit photos.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Continuing the series, here are a few more “Under the Sign” photos, including visitors to the MDC ramp.
Previous entries in this series are:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Starting with a 1987 prototype, Israel updated their F-4E’s to ground attack only duty. Producing the Phantom or Kurnas 2000. They were modernized with AN/APG-76 radar and AGM-142 Popeye capability, among many other electronic updates.
A comprehensive account is here
A nice walk around video is here
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The Eagle Forum website has this to say:
“Everything you ever wanted to know about general handling characteristics of the F-15 Eagle (non-E) but couldn't find in the Dash-1.
Eagle Talk V1 and 2 are compilations of the McDonnell Product Support Digest as far back as '75, up until '85, and include both test pilot, and operational squadron details how the various flight systems function in the real world.
You'll find the articles on the OWS and late takeoff rotation quite illuminating in tying down how good the AFM is here.“ Credit “Lunaticfringe” via forums.eagle.ru.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
“Since the F/A-l8 fighter-attack aircraft made its first flight in November L978, some significant changes have been made to the control system to improve flying qualities characteristics. This paper covers some of the highlights of that flying qualities development, touching briefly on the initial design criteria and the evolution of the control system as we progressed through the flight test program. Particular emphasis is placed on some unique and very innovative features of the flight control laws.”
Friday, January 16, 2015
His note said:
“Here are a few pages from MCAIR Report A0270, 30 Jan 1970 describing the new configuration (at the time) with the nacelle fences for directional stability improvement. Note that the configuration includes the middle size vertical tails (55 square ft each--larger than those of the 1969 proposal which were 41.4 each) and almost the original Ventrals (21.4 sq ft vs 20 sq ft per). The fences helped through improvements to the sidewash characteristics, but not enough. It was more than a year later (Apr '71) when the ventrals were removed and still larger verticals (the current 62.6 sq ft per) were incorporated.”
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have always had a “soft spot” for drones and especially the Firebee in all it’s versions. This is the AQM-34K version as photographed in my visit to the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland,NE in the early 1980’s. It has since been hung from the ceiling as seen in the last photo.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
January 16, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the the 19th pre-production McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle aircraft (S/N 72-0119) time-to-climb records during Operation Streak Eagle. (Aquila Maxima) Quoting from the National Museum of the Air Force fact sheet:
“The museum's single-seat F15A, nicknamed "Streak Eagle," broke eight time-to-climb world records between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, 1975. In setting the last of the eight records, it reached an altitude of 98,425 feet just 3 minutes, 27.8 seconds from brake release at takeoff and "coasted" to nearly 103,000 feet before descending. It was flown in its natural metal finish to reduce weight for the record-setting flights. To protect it from corrosion, McDonnell Douglas Corp. has since painted it in the gray color scheme of most operational F-15s. "Streak Eagle" is an early preproduction aircraft. Differences in internal structure and systems operation made it too costly to return to operational service. It was delivered to the museum in December 1980 after it was no longer useful as a flight test vehicle.”
Note the white telemetry antenna on the cockpit aft shelf and that
the Aquila Maxima emblem was not on the aircraft during the record flights.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
While in Huntsville Alabama visiting friends, I went to the The US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) on July 3, 2003. The Rocket Park at the USSRC was called “the finest rocket collection in the world” by Mercury astronaut John Glenn. In the park, 27 missiles and rockets show how Army rocketry launched America’s space program and gave rise to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. It contains all of the Redstone family of rockets, including the Redstone IRBM, Mercury-Redstone, Jupiter C, Jupiter IRBM and Juno II. Also on display are the Mercury-Atlas, V-1, and Saturn I rockets. I have included several “Stitched” or Panoramic photos I made by “combining” original photos together.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
- A very nice set of KSC photos are here.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Two more photos of F-15A-4-MC-71-0283 on the McAir ramp. This was the fourth F-15A built. See here for original posting.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
While rummaging around in my files, I found these photos of two F-100A-10-NA aircraft that visited the McAir ramp during the 1950’s. They are 53-1536 and 53-1537. Sorry, no other details are available; but, these are great photos.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
PRIMARY TEST AIRCRAFT ASSIGNMENTS - F-15
F-1 Envelope Expansion, Flying Qualities, External Stores
F-2 Engine Development, Performance
F-3 Avionics, Airspeed System
F-4 Structural Loads
F-5 Armament, Tank Jettison
F-6 Avionics, Fire Control System
TF-1 Two-Seater Evaluation, Training, VIP Flights
F-8 High AOA, Stalls, Spins
F-9 Aircraft and Engine Performance
F-10 Tactical Electronic Warfare System, Radar (at Eglin)
F-17 Time-to-Climb Record Setting
TF-2 Special Programs
Jan van Waarde wrote a wonderful monograph on the F-15 prototypes. Download it in PDF form here. Credit: the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.
Monday, January 5, 2015
F-15B-3-MC-71-0290 was the first two seat F-15, originally built as a trainer. Original designation was TF-15 and known at MDC as T-1. Here are some in-flight and re-fueling photos of 0290 at Edwards Air Force Base during 1973.