Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
F4H-1 #6 (BuNo 143391) during the carrier suitability trials prelims at the Naval Air Test Center (NATC) at Pax River in 1961. I believe that this is a complete sequence of photos. I have also included a color sideview of the aircraft at NATC and a color photo of it on the USS Independence (W/O nose boom).
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Photos of the McDonnell XP-88 Spin Model in the Langley Tail Spin 20-foot Tunnel in July of 1952. Both swept and straight wings were tested. “The McDonnell XP-88 was a prototype originating in 1946. It was designed as a long-range fighter to escort bombers. Changes in military priorities in 1950 led to cancellation of the project.” Credit: NASA. Thanks to PaulMM (Overspin) for the tip!
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
A very interesting photo showing four different MDC fighters under the Tee Pees! F-4 and F-15 chase planes, the F-18 and AV-8B prototypes all together next to Bldg. 42 in November 1978. An unusual sight!
Friday, December 25, 2015
Three NACA XP-88 Wind Tunnel research memorandums involving a 1/50th scale model and two 1/24th scale models. One test with the vee tail configuration as shown in the above photos! Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Along with the engineering orientation manual, we were given this little booklet on how to design aircraft. A reminder of simplier times, yes; but, the ideas still hold true. Credit: Dick Synder via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Interesting, as the first half has the company and info on each of the past products. The last half has the corporate philosophy, for the time, and explains the compensation “Totem Pole” and the general living in St. Louis, MO. Credit: John Holliday via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
A proposal by McDonnell Aircraft to turn the F-88 into a photo reconnaissance aircraft. This is a poor copy of that historically interesting proposition.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Known as the Experimental Cargo/Heavy Logistics System (CX-HLS), this program sparked
a great competition between Douglas, Boeing and Lockheed and had several iterations; but Lockheed was awarded the contract on October 2nd, 1965 and the result was the C-5 Galaxy. (The artwork above was from the great RG Smith.) Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Boeing and Douglas use the knowledge acquired from their CX-HLS-work on studies for large commercial aircraft projects. This is the actual beginning of the widebody airliner era.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Copies of the Signal Corp Specifications No. 486, for a heavier-than-air flying machine and the Wright Brothers contract to build such a machine. If you have never seen these documents, take a minute and look them over as they are the basis for all US miltary aircraft!
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Click here to download article in PDF form
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Click here to view drawing
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Click here to download the handbook in PDF form
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
I just found out that by using something called “Trafficshare” on FileFactory; you, the readers, can download my PDF’s directly without the annoying download pages, delays, daily limits and pitches!
This has been implemented and everyone (Up to 100GB/Mo allowance on my account) can now directly download all the PDF’s, just like a premium account, by just clicking the PDF download link. My apologies that I didn’t find it sooner!
Please let me know by way of the comment link below, if this is working for you.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Sixteen great factory three views, notes and cuts for many aircraft. Included are the F7U-1 & –3, O2U-1, SB2U-1, SBU-1, TBU-1, VE-7, A7D & E, F4U, F-8 and XC-142A. Credit: Greg Kuslinski via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Thursday, December 3, 2015
While at Edwards AFB as a Flight Test Engineer in 1973 and 1974, I met Richard Younge, a fellow aviation historian. We became good friends and would go into the desert to find crash sites such as the YB-49. We also became friends with the base historian, Ted Bear, which lead Rich to write this short; but, nice article for the base paper, Desert Wings. It gives a history of the flying wing test program and the base name change.