Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
“That is not actually a shadow under the aircraft; but, a water filled shale pond, very common in that area.”
See revised post here
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
“The first flights of the modification on F-15B #2 took place in the last half of Nov 1983. One of these flights was likely the source of the Team Talk article. For a considerable time after that, Polysonic wind tunnel tests, flight simulations, and electronic control system modifications were made to resolve the deleterious effects of the pod on supersonic directional stability. There was a very limited amount of supersonic flight testing during which the predicted effects on stability were experienced.Work on the pod program continued at a rather slow pace at least until early March 1985. After that, it just seemed to fade away.”
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Mark Nankivil sent along the following information on the Kh-31/MA-31 aerial target system:
“The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum has an MA-31 - one of
only two still in existence with the other at Pt. Mugu. Here's a few
photos of ours and one that was on display at a Pt. Mugu open house plus
some other info and articles.”
Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Monday, July 27, 2015
A copy of the authorized August 1981 Air International F-15 article reprint MDC gave out to employees. (See first and last page) It is an article by the great Roy Braybrook on F-15 history and new ways the F-15 was used at home and around the world. Much detail!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
(My last office was where the number 5 Mercury capsule is being assembled in the upper center photo! I matched overhead pipes and columns to find that it was in the old Bldg. 002 white room.)
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
In 1995, the U.S. Navy awarded McDonnell Douglas Astronautics(MDA) a contract to convert a Russian X-31 missile for the Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST) program as a proof of concept.
In 1999, Boeing received a 18.8 million contract to convert 34 MA-31 target vehicles.
The first MDA article came from an MDC June 5, 1995 Team Talk paper and the second from a January 21,2000 BoeingNews paper. I have added some photos also.
More information here
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Here is an undated article from an MDC “Team Talk” paper on F-15B (71-291) being used to evaluate a chin mounted pod for housing a TV telescope, Flir, or an APR-38 system. I can’t find any other info on this use. Anyone have anything?
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
An early three view drawing of the F4H-1Phantom II done by the great Björn Karlström, for the February 1962 edition of Model Airplane News. As the BuNo is not correct, I have included a photo of one of the F4H-1’s that were actually at the Naval Air Test Center (NATC).
Monday, July 20, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
A painting of the F2H-2N Banshee that I have long liked. Enjoy! Credit: Wallmonkeys.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Another misc. lot that I have. This time, 3-view drawings of the F2H Banshee. The above drawing is from Putnam's McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Since 1920, Vol II ; but, I could use help in crediting the rest of them! (Thanks, Mark Nankivil, for the above credit!)
Friday, July 17, 2015
A few F2H Banshee illustrations that I had left over from other topics and it seemed like a good idea to just present them as a group! I can’t find where I got the first 19 illustrations to credit them. If anyones knows, please let me know at aviationarchives(at)gmail.com.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Credit: First 4 are from the R.A. Burgess Collection, remainder are from The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and Aviation Archives.
Banshee photos #1 here
Thursday, July 9, 2015
From Wikipedia: “The F2H-3 and F2H-4 were given the new designations F-2C and F-2D respectively under the 1962 unified designation system. The designations F-2A and F-2B presumably referred to the F2H-1 and F2H-2, but these variants had already been withdrawn from service. No Banshees ever flew under the new designations; the last ones in USNR service were placed in storage before the new designations went into effect.”
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) started being used around 1948, and as the years passed, they became much more detailed. MIL-C-5011 A defines the parameters that all SAC’s must have:
(a) First page - Cover sheet which shall include a photograph, or perspective drawing of the aircraft model.
(b) Second page - A drawing showing a descriptive arrangement of the aircraft, and a drawing showing the tankage installations, armament installations, cargo space, or interior arrangements, as required by the procuring agency.
(c) Third page — mission, description, and principal characteristics of the aircraft.
(d) Fourth page - performance data for the aircraft in tabulated form and applicable notes.
(e) Fifth page - performance graphs.
(f) Sixth page - description of mission problems; also continuation of notes and diagrams.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
An interesting sound control diagram for the F2H-2 and –3 Banshees. Has exhaust temps. jet wake heat zones and proposed muffler drawings. From the MAC power plant group. Undated; but, has the XF-88 in it also. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Monday, July 6, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
An article written for the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS),Vol 12 No3 1977, by Don Linn (With excellent graphics by Reggie Rodgers) on the F2H Banshee. Great markings and info! Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
McAir Phantom Flyer article #1 here
Friday, July 3, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I found this photo and I don’t recall seeing it anywhere before. It is a Douglas DC-5 in Dutch KLM’s Dutch West Indies Division Markings. Registered as PJ-AIW “Wakago”. I have included other info on this aircraft also.