A copy of an earlier NATOPS Flight Manual #A1-AV8BB-NFM-000 for the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B aircraft alone, #161573 and up. This manual is dated June 1, 1984 and contains cockpit and system drawings. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Friday, May 27, 2016
Let me know which one you like best!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tommy Thomason has this advice on how to download: “The trick to getting the pdf download is to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the FileFactory sales pitch and click on the slow download (the fast one just leads to another sales pitch). Then it downloads. In nine minutes in my case.”
That’s just the way it is until June unless someone wants to send me $40.00 US to add more capacity!
“The design of what was eventually to emerge as the McDonnell F-4 Phantom began in August of 1953. The McDonnell design team was headed by Herman Barkley. Initially, the goal of the team was to extend the production life of the F3H Demon single-seat carrier-based fighter by boosting its performance and improving its versatility. Several quite different design concepts emerged, all of them being informally designated by the company as F3H-X since they were all viewed as a natural follow-on to the F3H Demon….The Model 98B (F3H-G) project was to be powered by a pair of Wright J65-W-2 (or W-4) turbojets rated at 7800 lb.s.t. each. The twin-engined configuration was attractive to many in the Navy, because of the increased amount of safety it offered over a single-engined aircraft. The engines were to be fed by a pair of side-mounted air intakes. A low-mounted swept wing and an all-flying straight tailplane were to be used. This wing was slightly larger than that of the F3H-E, with a 530-square foot area. The fuselage was to be designed in conformance with the area rule, in order that minimum transonic drag be achieved.”
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
MDC report A5180, Rev A, dated January 16, 1981. This is the AV-8B Harrier’s executive summary report, containing all you want to know about the AV-8B program and technology with many illustrations and charts!
Monday, May 23, 2016
This is Vol. I of the Apollo Operations Handbooks, SM2A-03-Block II, dated October 15, 1969, with Sections 1-4 for CMS Block II Spacecraft with configuration, guidance and a lot of other data. Credit: Cliff Steenhoff
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Some photos and illustrations that I have of the Skylab. I worked on this project twice. Once on how to correct and mitigate the solar array damage and secondly in design engineering finding all of the flammable items and materials (Think Apollo1fire). However, I never accumulated many items!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Copies of the Tactical Manuals #A1-AV8BB-TAC-000 and #A1-AV8BB-TAC-050 for the McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier aircraft. These manuals are dated August 2002 and May 1998, respectively. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan Collection
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Almost all of the 135 Space Shuttle Mission NASA press releases. (There where no flights with the numbers of 10-23). These were made up as the a,b,c etc flights (STS-51a, STS-51B, etc). LOTS of great info in these kits! Credit: Cliff S.
Warning, this is a very large file (346.4 Megs)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A copy of the NATOPS Flight Manual Performance Charts #A1-AV8BB-NFM-400 for the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B/TAV-8B aircraft, #161573 AND up. This manual is dated February 1, 2003. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan Collection
Monday, May 16, 2016
Three B-66 Destroyer Flight manuals. One each for the B-66B (Dated January 15, 1960), EB/RB-66 (Dated March 31, 1969) and for the WB-66D (Dated September 1, 1958) versions of the aircraft. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan
Sunday, May 15, 2016
A copy of the NATOPS Flight Manual #01-40ATA-1 for the Douglas A-3 A/B aircraft, dated September 1, 1966 and flight manual #01-40ATD-1 for the EA-3B and TA-3B aircraft, dated January 15, 1981. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cliff has a Flickr account you must see as he now has 48,000+ files (text and images) relating to space being uploaded to the this account!! Go see it here.
Friday, May 13, 2016
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
As Joe Baugher put’s it: “A land-based version of the Hornet known as the F-18L was also planned. Since it did not have to carry any equipment for carrier-based operations, the F-18L was expected to be significantly lighter and better-performing than the carrier-based version. Although no orders had actually been received, it was anticipated that the F-18L would be an attractive proposition for those foreign air forces who wanted and could afford an aircraft with greater capabilities than those of the F-5.” Go to his page for more info.
As I understand it, the F-18L was the evolved YF-17 that Northrop had said the USAF would get if they selected the YF-17 over the YF-16.
On the other hand, the F/A-18L was a de-navalized F/A-18A with more advanced features than the Northrop offering; but, It was also some 5,000 lbs heavier.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
A very poor copy of Loft Sheet LS-LS 32-0528, dated 8-29-69 with the F-4 Outer Wing Cross Sections. I continue to look for a better copy; but, this is it for now. I have had several requests for this info. Credit: Greg Kuklinski
Friday, May 6, 2016
As an aviation historian, I like to take note when someone does a nice article on aircraft that I like. In that category, I definitely place the Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose, Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender and the Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet prototypes. So, if you want to see great histories and many photos of these aircraft, go to: WW 2 Fighters and take a look!