Saturday, December 31, 2016

F2H-2/2P Plan, Sheer & Cross Sections

F2H-2 2P Plan Sheer & Cross Sections 1-16b scale Loft Sheet 15-2, dated November 14 1967, showing the F2H-2/2P Plan Sheer & Cross Sections in 1/16 scale. (A full size, original copy is included.) Credit: Greg Kuklinski

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Friday, December 30, 2016

F-4 Phantom II Design Philosophy

F-4 Phantom II Design Philosphy_01 An internal undated report on the manner of how the F-4 Phantom II developed and timelines on production.

Click here to download the report in PDF form (0.3 Megs)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

F-101 Voodoo Visdom

Voodoo Visdom Aug-59_01 McDonnel Aircraft’s Field Service (Product Support) publication on what to do in an F-101 Voodoo when things go wrong! Dated August 1959.

Click here to download the publication in PDF form (2.3 Megs)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

F-4 Phantom II Development History

F-4 Phantom II Development History_01 Another undated company report on the F-4 Phantom II Development and History.

Click here to download the report in PDF form (.3 Megs)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

AV-8B - A Success Story

AV-8B  - A Success Story01 An MDC 1984 brochure on the AV-8B program and its sucess. Credit: The Boxart Den

In the summary, it says: “The U.S. Marlne Corps has developed and validated the concept of V/STOL light attack wlth the Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier. The McDonnell Douglas AV-BB wIII provlde the operational capablllty required of an all V/STOL llght attack force In the 19B0s. AV·BB performance Is made posslble by successful lntegratlcn of new U.S technoIogy Into the proven Harrier V/STOL concept.”

Click here to download the brochure in PDF form (1.5 Megs)

Monday, December 26, 2016

F-4 Phantom II Demonstrated Mission Performance

Phantom II Demonstrated Performance_01 A company report on F-4 Phantom II Demonstrated Mission Performance. Lots of charts and graphs.

Click here to download the report in PDF form (1.4 Megs)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

MDC Fighters for Today and Tomorrow

MDC Fighters01 A nice McDonnell Douglas 1983 company brochure showing fighters for today and the future. Good drawings and cut-a-ways.

Click here to download brochure in PDF form (4.3 Megs)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sparrow III Brochure

Sparrow III02 A nice sales brochure on the Ratheon Sparrow III missile system. Has some F3H and early F-4H photos. Credit: The Boxart Den

Click here to download the brochure ion PDF form (1.2 Megs)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Allison 501 Turboprop Engine Brochure

Allison01 A nice sales brochure for the Allison 501 Turboprop Engine. Credit: The Boxart Den

It reads: “This brochure has been prepared lo acquaint airline personnel with some of the design features and operational aspects of gas turbine engines. The brochure covers basic principles of operation of both turbo-jet and turbo-prop engines, although emphasis is placed on the Allison Model 501 Turbo-prop engine which will power the Lockheed Eiectra.”

Click here to download the brochure in PDF form (5.1 Megs)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Saturn V Tech Data Manuals

Sat V News Reference_01Sat V 1st Stage_01 Copies of 15 NASA Saturn V tech manuals including Stages 1,2 and 3 info, Flight History and F1 Engine specs.

Click here to download manuals in RAR form (14.6 Megs)

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Saturn V Flight Manuals

SA503 SV flight manual_01SA504 SV flight manual_01SA507 SV flight manual_01 Saturn V Flight Manuals # SA 503, SA 504 and SA 507. Dated November 1 1968, September 1 1968 and October 5 1969. Lots of charts and graphs and other data!

Click here to download SA 503 here

Click here to download SA 504 here

Click here to download SA 507 here

Lots of other NASA Apollo info here

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

TF-15A Eagle Standard Aircraft Characteristics

TF-15A Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics 1 McDonnell TF-15A Eagle Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) sheets, dated January 1976.

Click here to view sheets

Monday, December 19, 2016

I Won an Top 50 Aviation Blog Award!

Award “Hi Ron-My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Aviation Archives has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Aviation Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Aviation Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!” “As one of the Top 50 Aviation blogs, you have the honour of displaying the Top 50 badge on your site. “

Thank you very much to Anuj and his team for this honor! Obviously, I don’t do this for fame and fortune; but, being human, I will happily accept an honor. Thanks to my readers for making me “famous” (LOL)

Phantom FGR Mk 2 Aircrew Manual (Better Copy)

Untitled 1 A better copy (Full Diagrams) of the UK AP101B-0902-15A Aircrew Manual for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II FGR Mk 2 (F-4M) aircraft, dated October 1969.

Click here to download manual in PDF form (20.5 Megs)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

McDonnell Engineering News Activity Report–1963

McDonnell Engineering News Activity Report - June 1963_01 McDonell engineering news report dated June 1963. This report summarizes the major McDonnell projects underway and recently completed. Good historical data straight from the company. This was the first report I got from the company and I was one of the engineers “hired in the past 12 months”. (First paragraph – June 1962)

Click here to download the report in PDF form(4.2 Megs)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Design Development of the FD-1 Phantom

Design Development of the FD-1 Phantom An article from Aviation Magazine dated November 1946 and written by Kendall Perkins, who went on to be the Chief of Engineering for McDonnell Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas. Design Development of the FD-1 Phantom is a very interesting over view of the FD-1 design process.

Aviation Week says: “Detailing for the first time the problems—and their solutions—of the U. S. Navy's first all-jet plane whose unusual structure points up new approaches to future high-speed military craft.”

Click here to download the article as a PDF (4.2 Megs)

Friday, December 16, 2016

F-4E, F-4F and F-4E+ Equipment and Interior Differences

Scan0001 A small handout showing the different equipment and interior make-up of the USAF F-4E, German F-4F and the proposed F-4E+ aircraft.

Click here to view drawings

Click here for more F-4E+ drawings

Thursday, December 15, 2016

F-18 Spin Aircraft Photos

Scan0896abScan0910 The sixth production F/A-18A-2-MC Hornet, BuNo 1610780, C/N 6/a006 was designated for spin testing.
After spin testing it was leased to NASA at Edwards AFB, CA. in 1985, to be Used in high angle of attack and thrust vectoring tests. It was registered as N840NA and Flown as 840. After it finished with NASA, it was sent for display to Virginia Air And Space Centerat Hampton, VA, March 2003.

Per Jack Abercrombie: “ FYI, the MCAIR test pilot in the last three photos is Denny Behm, the designated high AOA/spin test pilot for the program.  (Denny was also the guy who flew the first spin in the F-15 Eagle a few years before--although not planned).”

Click here to view photos

Click here to download a very more F-18 spin Movie (.7 Megs)

F-4 spin aircraft info here, here, here and here

F-15 spin aircraft info here and here

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In Remembrance: John Glenn Photos

JohnGlenn 1 “Today, we remember John Glenn.
He is best known for his orbital space flight in 1962. He was also a fighter pilot.
John served in WWII and Korea and scored three MiG kills in Korea. He was assigned to escort Charles Lindberg during WWII, flying a Vought F4U Corsair.
Lindberg was working for Lockheed to improve the P-38's performance.
His wingman during the Korean War was Ted WIlliams, who went on to become a legend of the baseball diamond. They were both flying Grumman F9F Panthers.
John flew a slew of fighter aircraft in the 1950s and was selected as a member of the original Mercury Seven astronauts in 1959. These men were the first group of aviators that NASA selected for early space flights.

John Glenn was the last of them and his passing closes the book on this chapter of American heroes. “ Credit: The Jean Aker archive collection via the BoxArt Den

Having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s, John Glenn was a special hero of mine. May he RIP.

Click here to view photos

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Early Years in the Hornets Nest–F-18 Growing Pains

F-18-HORNET'S NEST_01 A fascinating first hand account of the F-18 Hornets design background and how the aircraft evolved from Jack Abercrombie. Jack was head of the Aero project from 1978 and the Chief Aerodynamicist at McDonnell Douglas from 1982 to 1985. credit: Jack Abercrombie

Click here to download the presentation in PDF form (2.2 Megs)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster and XB-43 Jetmaster

XB-42-0135b73c29ef01963347a37be7a8168cee1 XB-43-Color1Untitled 2 

Click here to view XB-42 photos

Click here to view XB-43 photos

A nice color movie here

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Douglas A2D Skyshark

Douglas A2D Skyshark-01 I love odd aircraft and the Douglas A2D fits that bill. Here are 46 photos for your pleasure!

Click here to view photos

Click here to download all the photos in compressed RAR form (20.7 Megs)

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw

Chickasaw 38 I ran across this group of Sikorsky S-55 "Chickasaw"/H-19/HO4S/HRS photos and thought that others would like them. It is one helicopter that I always liked.

Click here to view the 83 photos

Click here to download all the photos in compressed RAR form (15.8 Megs)

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Additional photos here and here

Friday, December 9, 2016

Seven Wings The F-4 Phantom II Has Flown

Seven Wings The F-4 Has Flown - McAir 80-002_01 McAir report 80-002 on the history of the Seven Wing configurations the F-4 Phantom II was tested in flight. Credit: Written by D.H. Bennett and W. A. Rousseau and presented at the Dayton-Cincinnati Chapter Conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dayton, Ohio,18-19 March 1980.Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum via Jack Abercrombie

Click here to download report PDF (21 Megs)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

F-18 Hornet Prototype Article

Scan1807Scan1809 Another Phantom Flyer article. This time on the F-18 Hornet prototypes by Ed Yarbrough. Good history, markings and illustrations of the first three F-18 Hornets.

Click here to download the article PDF (20.1 Megs)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Development History of the McDonnell FD-1/FH-1 Phantom

FH-1 History Paper_01 A written history of the McDonnell FD-1/FH-1 Phantom aircraft. This report was prepared by the Historian’s office of the Naval Air Systems Command. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download repot PDF (0.8 Meg)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

F-18A Hornet Flight International Article

Scan2775 A company sponsored reprint of an Flight International article from 2 December 1978 written by Tom Hamill. The article covers a technical description of the aircraft and a cutaway drawing.

Click here for an article PDF (3.5 Megs)

Monday, December 5, 2016

North American T-2A (T-2J) Buckeye Flight Training Instructions

Scan10000 And Now for something different!                         A copy of the Flight Training Instructions for formation flying with the North American T-2A (T-2J) Buckeye from Naval Air Basic Training!. This is Part 8, dated 1964. Credit: Cole Piece

Part 8 says: “Flight Training Instructi0ns - Formation, T-2A(T2J)“ is published for
the information, standardization of instruction, and guidance of all flight
instructors and student naval aviators as an explanatory aid to the Naval
Air Basic Training Command T-2A(T2J) Basic Jet Flight Syllabus. It will be
the authority on the execution of all T-2A(T2J) Formation procedures and
maneuvers contained in the Basic Jet Flight Syllabus.”

Click here for instruction PDF (19.6 Megs)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Pilots Guide To the Midlife Update Program

MLU_M1_01MLU_M2_01MLU_M3_01  Copies of the Pilot’s Guides To the Midlife Update new capabilities and enhancements for the General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon aircraft, dated 1998, 2000 and 2004. This includes Part 1, 2 and 3.

Click here for Part 1 manual PDF (4.1 Megs)

Click here for Part 2 manual PDF (3.7 Megs)

Click here for Part 3 manual PDF (6.6 Megs)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon Avionics/Nonnuclear Weapons Flight Manual

HAF-F16CD Flight Special Manual A copy of the special manual TO GR1F-16CJ-1CL-34-1-1 Avionics/Nonnuclear Weapons Flight Manual for the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Hellenic airforce, dated June 16, 1997.

Click here for manual PDF (27.6 Megs)

Friday, December 2, 2016

General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon Flight Manual Supplemental

HAF-F16-Supplement_01 A copy of the Flight manual TO GR1F-16CJ-1-1 Supplemental for the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Hellenic Airforce, dated June 15, 2003. Credit: Public Intelligence

Click here for manual PDF (12.7 Megs)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon Flight Crew Checklist

HAF-F16-FlightChecklist_01 A copy of the Flight Crew Checklist TO GR1F-16CJ-1CL-2 for the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Hellenic Airforce, dated December 15, 2003. Credit: Public Intelligence

Click here for checklist PDF (2.0 Megs)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon Flight Manual

HAF-F16_01 A copy of the Flight manual TO GR1F-16CJ-1 for the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Hellenic Airforce, dated June 15, 2003. Credit: Public Intelligence

Click here for manual PDF (16.7 Megs)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Douglas C-118A/VC-118A Flight Manual

Douglas C-118A_VC-118A Flight Manual  A copy of the  TO 1C-118A-1 Flight Manual for the Douglas C-118A/VC-118A aircraft, dated July 16, 1962. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download manual in PDF form (60.9 Megs)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Phantom FGR Mk 2 Aircrew Manual

PhantomFGR2  A copy of the UK AP.101B-0902-15A Aircrew Manual for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II FRG-2 (F-4M) aircraft, dated October 1969.

Click here to download manual in PDF form (22.7 Megs)

A very good description between the F-4K (FG Mk 1) and the F-4M (FGR Mk 2) is here

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Phantom FG Mk 1 Aircrew Manual

Phantom FG Mk 1 Aircrew Manual_01 A copy of the UK AP.101B-0901-15A Aircrew Manual for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II FG Mk 1(F-4K) aircraft, dated October 1969.

Click here to download manual in PDF form (28.2 Megs)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Douglas A3D-2P Skywarrior Flight Manual

NAVWEPS 01-40ATB-1_01 A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40ATB-1 Flight Manual for the Douglas A3D-2P Skywarrior aircraft, dated September 15, 1961. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download manual in PDF form (43 Megs)

Friday, November 25, 2016

F-4S Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics

F-4S Phantom II SAC-May_1984 McDonnell F-4S Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) sheets, dated May 1984.

Click here to download the SAC in PDF form (11.3 Megs)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

F-4J Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics

F-4J_Phantom_II_SAC_-_August_1973_01 McDonnell F-4J Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) sheets, dated August 1973.

Click here to download the SAC in pdf form (9.3 Megs)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

RF-4B Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics

RF-4B_Phantom_II_SAC_-_1_July_1967_01 McDonnell RF-4B Phantom II Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) sheets, dated July 1967.

Click here to download the SAC in PDF form (8.1 Megs)

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