Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time for a little self promotion! For years, we received a publication called “Team Talk” and the July 25, 1988 edition had an article on Bob Pukala and myself. Bob was a very good modeling buddy for over 30 years and I miss him and his talent. We did the article to increase our club membership and it worked!
Friday, March 27, 2015
Original post with XV-1 photos and info here
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Fourteen photos of the proposed large Gemini capsule. “Big Gemini (or "Big G") was proposed to NASA by McDonnell Douglas in August 1969 as an advanced version of the Gemini spacecraft system. It was intended to provide large-capacity, all-purpose access to space, including missions that ultimately used Apollo or the Space Shuttle.” Credit and more info: Wikipedia
Additional info and drawings here
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To celebrate the companies 25th anniversary in 1964, McDonnell Aircraft issued the above coin to it’s employees. As we were in the space race, a Mercury capsule was depicted on the coin and the company logo changed to include the capsule.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This is a beautiful overhead shot of an McDonnell Douglas F-15E-48-MC Strike Eagle, s/n 89-0502 and c/n 1149/E124. You seldom see such a detailed photo of the top of this aircraft and I had to share it with everyone.
Jeff Rankin-Lowe posted this in the Mil Aviation Group as: “A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle conducts operations over eastern Afghanistan on November 26, 2009. The Strike Eagle is assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller/Released)”
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Read about the engines here.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
He sent along this info:
No.1 RF-101C, 56-0163, Capt.Sweet.,17TRS.
No.2 “ 56-0164, Capt. Kilpatrick , 17TRS.
No.3 “ 56-0165, Lt. Klatt, 18TRS.
No.4 “ 56-0166, Capt.Schrecengost, 18TRS.
No.5 “ 56-0167, Capt. Hawkins, 18TRS, ( Spare).
No.6 “ 56-0168, Capt. Burkhart, 18TRS, ( Spare).
He thinks that photos of aircraft No.6 must be fairly rare, because very little has been seen of this aircraft. Anyone have any?
Original post here
Click here to view photos
Friday, March 20, 2015
Photos of the fourth F-15B (TF-4) (TF-15A) number 73-0109 from September 9th, 1974. These show inside a lot of opened panels on the aircraft. These photos are marked as “special weapons configuration”. Good shots of the speed brake and engine turkey feathers.
This aircraft later served at Luke Air Force Base and then with the Louisiana Air National Guard.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
This is before the aircraft was in the Bi-Centennial and Around-The–World paint schemes and before it was selected to be the F-15E prototype! (See photos)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
It also has two other interesting features, an unusual tank under the fuselage and an “Air Superiority Blue” radome while the rest of the aircraft is in the “Ghost Gray” scheme.
Click here to see large photo
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The McDonnell Douglas Model 253 was developed to try to adapt a VTOL fan system to a productive aircraft. Here we have an artist’s drawing and a general arrangement drawing. Both drawings are from the H.J. "Mike" de Garcia collection via Mark Nankivil at the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.
MUCH more at Secret Projects here.
Monday, March 16, 2015
An original set of 22 photos from the 1959 inspection of the B-24 called Lady Be Good that was lost in 1943. A sad story of relying to much on early technology. In this case, an ADF (Automated Direction Finder). As the story goes, the crew were reading of the backside of their ADF and went away from their base instead of toward it.
This plane, was AAF serial number 41-24301 with the group identification number 64 stencil-painted on its nose and Lady Be Good was hand-painted on the starboard side of the nose.
Color photos of recovered wreckage here.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The first photo I took on August 1st 1975 while standing at the end of the main runway at Lambert airport in St. Louis. (No one cared if you took runway photos back then!)
This bird later served with the Louisiana ANG and is now a gate guardian. See last two photos.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Here is several photos of the original RF-4E’s build for Germany. The German Luftwaffe initially ordered the reconnaissance RF-4E in 1969 and received a total of 88 aircraft which were delivered starting in January 1971.
I have also included the article written by Bob Pukala that shows this original camouflage pattern.
If you can find it, “AirDOC - Modern Combat Aircraft No. 08 - Luftwaffe Phantoms (Vol. 3) - The RF-4E Phantom II in Germany” is a great book on this subject.
MDC RF-4E Phantom II Report, No. F972, dated December/01/1967 is here.
Friday, March 13, 2015
As I spent my entire career at MDC, I have always been interested in the ‘Logo’' or “Branding” of the company as I wore each badge or pin with great pride!. Here is an article from the May 1986 issue of our Technical Idea Exchange (TIE) Engineering bulletin on the subject.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Our own Model 119 (See photo in gallery) lost out to the Lockheed Jetstar, so I was always amused that old man MAC bought one of the competitors aircraft; but, it was very nice inside and gave pretty good service!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I have always loved this RF-101A paint scheme ever since I saw it on our McAir flight ramp (See sketch in with photos). It appears to be a trial camouflage for the mostly bare metal or gray Voodoos up until this time; but, before the T.O. 114 SEA Camouflage standardization. The first photo above seems to have a tan color as well as the green with black stripes, while the second photo has only green with the stripes. Any thoughts?
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This print is from a beautiful slide, dated October 1976, that I received from the Finnish Aviation Museum.
The Aviation Museum of Central Finland web site is here.
Monday, March 9, 2015
I found another article by “Fatz”, this time on the Lockheed CL-1665. (Search on Fatz for more of his articles in the above Search Box). More info is available on the CL-1665 from Secret Projects here.
While this may only be Lockheed’s “Competitive Data Group” department’s study of the YF-17/F-18, it is still very interesting! McAir had a similar department as part of the “Threat Assessment Group”.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
51-9422 was built as a F-84F-30-GK at the General Motors-Fisher Body plant in Kansas, City, Missouri.
This F-84F stood outside the headquarters of the Missouri Air National Guard at Lambert field for many years. I took this shot in Oct 1971. It is now at the American Legion Post 253, in Festus, MO.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
A small blurb I wrote about the origins and color composition of the F-15 blue-green interior primer color. This was the #1 question asked during the 1980’s by write-ins and calls to External Relations! The color shown is an actual paint sample from the Bldg. 48 paint shop!
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Original posting here.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
Two Loft Sheets from 1967 showing F-4 pylon, stores and armament info. The first is LS 32-0139; but, the second has had it’s number cutoff.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Initial deliveries to Israel of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 commenced on December 1976 as four Category II, Full-scale Development (FSD) aircraft were accepted under under a Foreign Military Sales project known as Peace Fox. Bearing serial numbers 72-0116 through 72-0118 and 72-0120, the fighters had been updated to full F-15A standard before delivery; but still retained the smaller speed brakes.
Note that in the above photos, the wing tips appear not to be clipped yet.
72-0120 became Baz 648 in the Israeli service.