Saturday, October 31, 2015

Douglas C-132 Antenna Test Model

Untitled-12 A few 1954 photos of the Douglas C-132 1/10th antenna test model. Douglas was VERY serious about this aircraft! Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Douglas C-132 Wind Tunnel Flutter Model

Untitled-22 Douglas C-132 Wind Tunnel 1/30th scale Flutter Model photos. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Douglas C-132 Display Model Photos

IMG_0529 Nice photos of the Douglas C-132 display model. Credit: Tulsa Air & Space Museum Collection via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Douglas C-132 Mock Up Photos

Untitled-1a All the Douglas C-132 Mock Up Photos that I have. A “Magnificent Beast” for sure! Credit: Jack Abercrombie via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

U.S. Missile Sizes, Colors and Markings

Scan0022 Four sheets of common U.S. missiles and bombs with colors and markings. These were on mylar sheets (Not copy paper), so I have no idea where they came from. If anyone knows, I would be happy to credit them!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

McDonnell XFD-1 and FH-1 Phantom Photos

4_FH_1_s_of_VMF_122_at_Cherry_Pt_in_1947The second McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom (4823^) on a catapult at NAS Patuxent River on 9 May 1946.  This aircraft made the first US designed pure-jet aircraft take off and landing from a us carrier USS FDR (CVB-42) on 19 July 1946.
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Naval Aviation History Many (94) photos of the XFD-1 and FH-1 Phantom aircraft. I included all the color photos of a previous post and additional 3-view drawings, also. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

McDonnell FH-1 Wind Tunnel Model Photos

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom 1945 A couple of additional FH-1 wind tunnel photos.

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Original post with tunnel photos here

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Civilian McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

1 FH-1 N4283A Air Progress Article An interesting article from an Oct/Nov 1964 “Air Progress” article on one of the earliest example of a civilian owned military jet. As this has always been of interest, I am included several photos and color and markings that I have acquired.

McDonnell FH-1, N4283A (111769), was purchased by Progressive Aero of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for use In a jet training school along with two other FH-1's: N4282A. (111768) and the spares aircraft (111761).

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Click here for a nice color photo of N4282A

Friday, October 23, 2015

FH-1 Phantom Article #2

00070008 Another Spring 1973 article on the FH-1 Phantom. This time by Ed Williams on the Phantoms of the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Squadron VMF-122!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

FH-1 Phantom Article #1

00010004 A great article on the FH-1 Phantom by Walt Fink from the Spring 1973 issue of IPMS magazine. Lots of history, facts, color and markings.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

McDonnell FH-1/FD-1 Phantom Color Photos

1 C12-20045-2 Sept-89 A few color photos of the McDonnell FH-1/FD-1 Phantom.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Story of the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

0001 A brochure on the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom aircraft and it’s introduction into the Navy.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

More McDonnell XFD-1/FH-1 Three Views

FD-1 Phantom 3V Additional McDonnell XFD-1/FH-1 3-view drawings that I have collected. Notice the McDonnell Model 24 drawings!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

McDonnell XFD-1 NACA Wind Tunnel Report

0001 National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics (NACA)Sept 26, 1946 Wind Tunnel Test to Determine Aileron Characteristics Of The McDonnell XFD-l Airplane at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

McDonnell XFD-1 Three-Views, Pilot’s Handbook and Wind Tunnel Model Photos

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McDonnell XFD-1 (prototype of the FH-1) Three-Views, Wind Tunnel Model Photos and Pilot’s Handbook. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Friday, October 16, 2015

FH-1 Phantom I Display Model 3-View and Section Cuts

FH-1 Phantom 1 Display Model  - RDowney Loft Sheet LS 4-2 from 1971 with section cuts for a FH-1 Phantom I scale model. This one is in 1/72 scale.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

McAir XFD-1 General Arrangement Drawings

XFD-1 General Arrangement 6-16-44 Sht 1 - RDowneyXFD-1 General Arrangement 6-16-44 Sht 2a - RDowney Prints from microfilm of the XFD-1 (prototype of the FH-1) general arrangement drawings.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10,000 McAir Jets

10,000 LogoAircraft 1 Aircraft 2 A special issue of “Team Talk” on the achievement of producing 10,000 jet aircraft!


“Fifty years ago, development began in St. Louis on the FH-1 Phantom, which would earn a place in history as the world’s first carrier-based jet fighter. That first Phantom taxied from the McDonnell Aircraft Company ramp and made its initial flight from the runway at Lambert Airport in January 1945. On Feb. 10, 1993, some 48 years after that flight, MDA marked the delivery of its 10,000th jet aircraft produced at its St. Louis plant. The theme chosen to mark the milestone, “10,000 Jets For Freedom,” reflects the company’s contribution to the ongoing cause of securing peace through strength around the world.”

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ford Aerospace Sidewinder Missile Advertisement

Ford Aerospace Sidewinder 1977_1Ford Aerospace Sidewinder 1977_2 A two page ad from Ford Aerospace in 1977 showing with explanations of the various AIM-9 types. I have include a chart that I use to tell the differences.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle

Untitled 8 Two Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle photos from Zdenek Cizinsky’s collection. Taken at the Prague airport, date unknown. A beautiful aircraft by any standard!

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tupolev Tu-4

Untitled 35 “The Tupolev Tu-4 was a piston-engined Soviet strategic bomber that served the Soviet Air Force from the late 1940s to mid-1960s. It was a reverse-engineered copy of the U.S.-made Boeing B-29 Superfortress.” Wikipedia

A couple more photos from Zdenek Cizinsky’s collection.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Early McAir Aircraft Muffler

D4E-20985 Dec-23-52 Another example of an early McAir aircraft outdoor muffler. This one is from Dec 23, 1952 and shows an F2h-3 Banshee (126326) being backed into position; but before the funneling hardware has been attached.

Another interesting fact about this photo is what is stenciled under the tailplane. “This is an experimental finish, do not apply paint without specific authorization. See log book entry page __” Anyone know anything about this?

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Friday, October 9, 2015

CF-18 Hornet IPMS Canada Article

Scan2115 Another excellent article on the CF-18 Hornet in Canadian service, published by The International Plastic Society of Canada, in Random Thoughts(RT) Vol. 16 No. 1.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lisunov Li-2

Lisunov Li-2F_1 A couple of Li-2’s in Czech air force service from Zdenek Cizinsky’s collection. The second photo is an Lisunov Li-2F No.23443002.

The Lisunov Li-2, originally designated PS-84, was a license-built version of the Douglas DC-3. It was produced by Factory #84 in Moscow-Khimki and, after evacuation in 1941, at TAPO in Tashkent. (Wikipedia)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CF-18 Hornet Rollout Press Packet

CF-18_1 News packets were prepared for the press and other media whenever a new aircraft or model was introduced. They can contain photos, fact sheets, descriptions and sometimes booklets. This is one of the CF-18 rollout press folders given out on July 28, 1982. Two really good overhead shots of the CF-18.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CF-101 Voodoo IPMS Canada Article

Scan3153 The International Plastic Society of Canada, in Random Thoughts(RT) Vol. 16 No. 4, published a very excellent article on the CF-101 Voodoo in Canadian service. While primarily a modeling magazine, RT published many good detail photos of aircraft over the years, such as the CF-101B.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Army Missiles and Rockets Pamphlet

AMR01 An Army pamphlet from May 1958 on the then current line-up of missiles and rockets. Lots of great info on the early missiles and rockets!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

North American Company 3-Views

North American F-100A Super Sabre North American XB-70AThere was a time when you could write to an aircraft company and receive many good things! Case in point, I obtained these twelve prints from the North American Aviation company in the mid-1960’s. They include the B-45, F-51H, F-86, F-86D, F-86K, F-100A, P-51D, SNJ, T-6G, T-28, T-39 and the XB-70!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

F4H-1 Inboard Profile Blueprints

32-0006 F4H-1 Inboard Profile Sht 1 12-10-56b - RDowneyF4H-1 Inboard Profile -Sht 1 of 4 3-8-57 - RDowney Copies of the F4H-1 inboard profile drawing 32-0006. It is a four page blueprint with MANY good details! I have included the original blueprint images as well as “cleaned-up” copies for your library.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

F-110A General Arrangement and Inboard Profile Drawings

METADATA-/scanq/scantofile0008.tifF-110A General Arrangement 7-11-62 Sheet 1 - RDowney Both original and “cleaned-up” images of the 53-00004 and 53-00016 General Arrangement and Inboard Profile drawings.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

F3H-2 Stations & Cross Sections

F3H-2 Stations & Cross Sections b - RDowney A copy of Loft Sheet LS 25-1, containing the F3H-2 Demon’s stations and cross section cuts. Alex Thomas made this for me to use while modeling the Demon.

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