Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Note:The A4D-1 became the A-4A, the A4D-2 became A-4B
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I was brought up at the very start of the Space Race (1957-1958), and I wanted to be a Rocket Engineer. The problem was that no one gave out a Rocket Engineer degree; so, I became an Aeronautical Engineer (My second love!).
Long before the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) came into being, there was another organization for kids who wanted to build and launch high-powered amateur experimental rockets. It was called the Amateur Rocketeers of America (ARA). Founded by John Carlson, this organization was in existence from 1958 through about 1963. The ARA had an official Army Captain named Bertrand R. Brinley as liasion for young people who were into rocket design and Launching.
My buddy, Vernell Curvey and I were rocket nuts and joined the ARA in 1960. We even had the official ARA jackets and met the Capt. for a convention at Camp Atterbury, Indiana in 1961. (The ARA blockhouse still stands at Camp Atterbury, 43 years after the Army closed the launch facility.)
Our “Bible” was the “Rocket Manual For Amateurs” by the Capt. and was helped out by the latest ESTES catalogue’s design information. (See below)
My buddy and I were only Juniors in High School; but, had to learn Advanced Calculus in order to design the 4 ft rockets that we made using Zinc Dust/Sulphur or Sugar/Potassium Nitrate and even Gunpowder! (Hey, it was a very different world back them.) Except for being set in West Virginia while we were in Southern Illinois , view the movie “October Sky” to see our rocket making journey.
I have attached photos of my jacket, an early Estes catalogue, Alpha and Beta rocket plans that we made, our early rocket designs and some early calculations.
I told my family about my adventures for MANY years and now I can show them.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
I love special, one off, projects; so, I was happy to find this. This is the origin of the F-4 Compass Ghost paint scheme. Credit: A very eclectic blog here
Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
A short; but, really great article from IPMS Canada on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) use and markings of the F2H-3 McDonnell Banshee. Written by R. Migliardi and G. Marshall for the IPMS Canadian publication, Random Thoughts, Vol 15. (A consistently first class quarterly!) Credit: International Plastic Modellers' Society – Canada
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Bart Coleman’s short article on the aircraft at the Yokota Air Base in Japan during the late 1940’s. This includes rare photos of an active duty Northrop F-15A Reporter (#45-59316). Written for the McAir Phantom Flyer club magazine.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Compare with the 1947 General Arrangement Army Fighter concept drawing here.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Promotional 119/220 movies:
First movie here
Second movie here
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The first article is a company reprint form 9 February 1959 “Aviation Week” on the roll out of the new McAir “Turbojet Utility Plane”/.
The second is an article for the McAir “Phantom Flyer” by Bob Burgess entitled “The Baby 707” Enjoy!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
At the finish of the McAir Model 119/220 program, J.S. McDonell (MAC) gave each member of the project team this souvenir booklet as a memento. It has a synopsis of the program, many photos and how the program was envisioned and then executed.
From the book: “At the suggestion of J. S. McDonnell, the Model 119 designation was canceled and the airplane was re-identiﬁed as the Model 220, because the company had just begun its second twenty years in business.”
Credit: Dan Vogt via Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Friday, September 9, 2016
The handbook description of the aircraft: “The Model 220 Prototype is a four-engine turbojet executive transport designed to carry l0 passengers over long distances at high altitudes and high speeds. Its appearance is characterized by all metal construction, swept wings, pylon mounted engines, a single swept vertical stabilizer, a swept horizontal stabilizer and a tricycle landing gear. The cabin access door is located on the left side of the fuselage Just forward of the wing.”
Thursday, September 8, 2016
From the forward: “This Familiarization Manual has been prepared to aid in Flight Evaluation of the McDonnell Model 119A (USAF-UCX)prototype. As in any prototype aircraft items are subject to change. Therefore, personnel evaluating the Model 119A will be thoroughly briefed by McDonnell Fight Test personnel.”
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
On March 18 2015, Mark Nankivil (President of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum) went to El Paso, TX to phtograph the McAir Model 119/220 as it sits today. Here are those photos. (All 123 of them)
For the impatient ones, I put them all into a RAR compressed file here (51 Megs)
A Model 220 company film can be had here
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
The McDonnell Aircraft Model 220. After McAir lost the contract for the UTX/UCX, the 119 was rebranded as the 220 and marketed as a small, short haul airliner/business jet. Sadly, no orders were forthcoming. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Personal note: I have loved this aircraft since I first saw it's sleek lines in Bldg. 42, when I joined the McAir Flight Test Dept. in 1963. This "Baby 707" sat in the corner of the hanger for several years and I got to "fondle" her many times and even went inside the cabin twice! Over the years, I collected everything I could find on her; so. stay tuned!
Sunday, September 4, 2016
The McDonnell Aircraft Model 119. McAir’s answer to the U.S. Air Force's Utility-Trainer Experimental/Utility-Cargo Experimental contract (UTX/UCX) for a small, four engine, multipurpose, utility aircraft.
(The Lockheed Jetstar won the competition and reportedly lost a lot of money on the projet as sufficient orders never came through!). Interestingly, Old Man MAC bought a Jetstar and liked it very much! See here.
Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and Aviation Archives
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Current photos of the number one Harrier (Tail Number 158394)(N704NA) as it is today, taken by Ken Acosta, at the Aviation Challenge Museum in Huntsville AL. Credit Ken Acosta via George J. Salerno