Monday, February 29, 2016

McDonnell XF-88 Erection & Maintenance Manual

1 XF-88 Erection and Maintenance Instructions_01 A partial Xerox copy of the McDonnell XF-88 Erection and Maintenance Instructions manual. MAC (McDonnell Aircraft Company) report no. 1033.

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (57.2 Megs)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Updates

F-4 with Phoenix New info added on the “F-4 Phantom II Carrying a Phoenix Missile” post here.

332272main_ED06-0217-37_full Added Phoenix missile carriage used on NASA’s F-15 hypersonic tests here.

F4H-1 Phantom II Ejection Seat Test Photos

zD4E-193022 May-11-60zD4E-193023 May-11-60 Some rare ejection seat trial test pages from McAir report No. 6345, dated May 11, 1960 for the F4H-1 aircraft. Probably the Stanley ejection seat supplied for the first models.

Click here to view pages

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pentagon Battle for the RF-4C

RecceReader_Spring_08_01A fascinating article by retired Col. Cecil Rigsby on the background, problems and politics with the Pentagon for the procurement of the RF-4C. A good read! From the Spring 2008 issue of “The Recce Reader”. Credit: F4Phantom.com

Click here to view article

Friday, February 26, 2016

F-101B/F Voodoo Flight Manual

image_1 A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO-1F-101B-1 for the McDonnell F-101B/F aircraft. This manual is dated July 15, 1963. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download manual in PDF form (81 Megs)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

F-4 Phantom II For Ground Attack Report

The Phantom II For Ground Attack Report B176 Oct-21-64_01 McDonnell report B176, dated October 21, 1964 on the proposed Phantom II For Ground Attack aircraft. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download the report in PDF form (.33 Meg)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Marine Air Combat F-4J Report

Untitled 1 McDonnell Douglas report MDC A206, dated January 15, 1973 with a report on the proposed Marine Air Combat F-4J aircraft. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download report in PDF format (5.2 Megs)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

F4H-1 Concept and Design Article

Scan0086 An article from the October 13, 1958 edition of Aviation Week  magazine on the concept and design of the F4H-1Phantom II. A good meet and greet introduction article.

Click here to view article

Monday, February 22, 2016

Burn Up the Sky - F-4 Phantom II Article

airman2 An F-4 Phantom II article by Captain James Coyle published in “The Airman” magazine on April 1964. Background and introduction of the F-4 into service.

Click here to view article

Sunday, February 21, 2016

NASA F-15 Carrying a Phoenix Missile for Tests

332272main_ED06-0217-37_full_thumb[1]332284main_ED06-0217-42_full_thumb As a side note to the F-4 Phantom II carrying a Phoenix missile, talked about here, see how the NASA F-15 carried a demilitarized missile for hypersonic testing here. Credit: NASA
Click here to view NASA photos

F-4 Phantom II Carrying a Phoenix Missile

1 Scan1725b And you thought that only F-14’s carried the Phoenix missile!

Here are photos of an F4H-1 (F-4B-8-MC) BuNo 148412 during weapons trials carrying the Phoenix in a launching pod. This aircraft is the first to fire a Phoenix missile.

I have looked at this photo many times while doing the EROS post; but, didn’t realize what the F-4 was carrying! This F-4B is currently preserved at the Heritage in Flight Museum, Lincoln, IL, falsely marked as USAF 148412. This aircrafts history is here.

Click here to view photos

Clarification: Tommy Thomason points out, rightfully, that the Phoenix missile was probably never actually fired from the above rig. (The missile was probably fired from a conventional station during the launch tests!)

Scott Lowther has this to say about this in his “Unwanted” blog: “In support of their Model 225 fighter design, an entry into the VFX program (eventually to become the F-14), McDonnell built a test rig mounted to an F-4 Phantom II. Their Model 225 carried the Phoenix missiles semi-submerged; missile ejection was carried out by pnematic “ramps” that, at full extension, served as doors to cover the holes left by the missiles. Thus the missiles were carried in an aerodynamically clean configuration, and left an aerodynamically clean surface behind them after they left. To prove out the concept, the centerline tank from an F-4 was modified to carry a single missile and the associated pneumatics and doors and such. Without the radar system used on the F-14, the F-4 would have been a poor carrier for the Phoenix; this was simply a test program to demonstrate the missile ejection system. Sadly all the info I have on this comes from a brief writeup early in the process. I don’t know if any ejection tests were (actually) carried out.”

Saturday, February 20, 2016

F-101B First Flight with the Douglas MB-1 Genie Missile

Untitled 1Untitled 2 First flight photos of the McDonnell F-101B Voodoo armed with the Douglas MB-1 Genie, unguided nuclear air-to-air missile. An article from the Aviation Week March 3, 1958 issue.

Click here to view article

A nice short history of the Genie missile is here

Friday, February 19, 2016

F/RF-4 Phantom II Manufacturing Illustrations for Japan

image_1 McDonnell Douglas report No. G225, dated April 15, 1968 with manufacturing charts and breakdowns for F-4 and RF-4 sales to Japan.

Click here to download the report in PDF form (27 Megs)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

RF-4E Phantom II Report

RF-4E Phantom II F972 Dec-1-67_01 McDonnell Douglas report No. F972, dated December 1, 1967 with a status and program report on the RF-4E aircraft. Lists of camera equipment options and info. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet Flight Manual

F-18ABCD Flight Manual_01 A copy of the NATOPS Flight Manual #A1-F-18AC-NFM-000 for the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet aircraft, #161353 AND up. This manual is dated September 15, 2008. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download manual in PDF form (18 Megs)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

McDonnell Douglas Fighter Recon System Report

Fighter Recon System FRS Report MDC A-2082 Jan-1-73_01 MDC report A-2082, dated  January 1,1973 for the proposed Fighter Reconnaissance System (FRS).

This system is described in the report as:

“The Fighter Reconnaissance System (FRS) is a day/night aerial reconnaissance
system designed to be carried as an external pod on the inboard wing pylon of an
F-4 Phantom II or on external station(s) of other contemporary fighter aircraft. The
FRS comprises a vibration free, light weight, low drag aerodynamic pod containing
essential environmental equipment and interchangeable modules. Each module is
configured with a mix of sensors to provide high quality imagery for a given mission.

The FRS will provide the operator with a cost effective and operationally efficient
reconnaissance system. It will allow him to quickly configure a fighter aircraft so that
that it can perform both a fighter and a reconnaissance mission on the same sortie
without restricting its fighting capability.” Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download the report in PDF form (25.3 Megs)

Monday, February 15, 2016

F-4J Phantom II Flight Manual

0001 A copy of the NATOPS Flight Manual Navair 01-245-FDD-1 for the McDonnell Douglas F-4J aircraft. This manual is dated May 1, 1975. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download manual in PDF form (135 Megs)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

RF-4EJ Phantom II for Japan Report

RF-4EJ for Japan Report H429 Jan-1-70_01 McDonnell Douglas report No. H429 dated January 1, 1970 on the company proposal to sell RF-4EJ’s to Japan Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download the report in PDF form (8.5 Megs)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk Flight Manuals

A1-T45AB-NFM-000_01A1-T45AC-NFM-000_01 McDonnell Douglas T-45 Flight Manuals A1-T45AB-NFM-000_01, dated June 1, 2001 and A1-T45AC-NFM-000 , dated February 15, 2000 covering the T-45A and T-45C aircraft. Manuals via Irfan S. Hokan.

Click here to download T-45A manual in PDF form (23.4 Megs)

Click here to download T-45C manual in PDF form (18 Megs)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Douglas C-124A/C Wiring Data Handbook

T.O. 1C-124A-2A_01 USAF Douglas YC-124 and C-124A/C Wiring Data Handbook T.O. 1C-124A-2A, dated January 15, 1955. Manual via Irfan S. Hokan.

Click here to download handbbok in PDF form (5.2 Megs)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Douglas C-124A/C Flight Manual Performance Data

T.O. 1C-124A-1-1_01 Douglas C-124A/C Flight Manual Performance Data handbook T.O. 1C-124A-1-1, change notice , dated January 1, 1964. Manual via Irfan S. Hokan.

Click here to download the manual (47 Megs)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

T-45 Goshawk Training System Report

0001 An updated report on the T-45(TS) training system with info out to year 2020. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download report in PDF form

Original T-45TS blog posting here

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

T-45 Rollout Program Pamphlet

image_1 The program hand out for the T-45 rollout. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download program in PDF form

Monday, February 8, 2016

F4H-1 Plane Captains Handbook

00 Scan0287 Poor xerox excerpts from the F4H-1 Plane Captains Handbook. (Early copy machines, about 1963,  weren’t too good!

Anyone have the entire handbook?

Click here to view excerpts

Sunday, February 7, 2016

F-15 Armament Handbook (Redone)

Untitled 1 A somewhat better, cleaner copy of the Armament Handbook PS 940, for the McDonnell F-15 aircraft, dated October 1979.

Click here to download the handbook (23 Megs)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Douglas C-133A and B Flight Data Handbook

image_1 USAF Douglas C-133A/B Flight Data Handbook T.O. 1C-133A-1-1, change notice 5, dated August 5, 1963. Manual via Irfan S. Hokan.

Click here to download manual PDF (70 Megs)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Douglas C-133A and B Flight Manual

image_1 USAF C-133A/B Aircraft Flight Manual T.O. 1C-133A-1, change notice 5, dated August 5, 1963. Manual via Irfan S. Hokan.

Click here to download manual PDF (69 Megs)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another F-4 Phantom II “Spook” Symbol

Spook with F-4 I really like my “Spooks” and here is another one!

Click here for original Spook post

F-4 Blue Angel Configuration Flight Test Report

Scan0276 This report summarizes the functional flight test program on the ECP 895 (Blue Angel) aircraft conducted by the contractor during the period 15 October 1968 through 16 December 1968. With photos! Report number FJ267-3-AC, dated January 31, 1969.

Click here to view report pages

Click here to download the report as a PDF

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Douglas C-132 Update #2

C-132 002C-132 004 Additional information on the Douglas C-132 proposed aircraft. The Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) first sheet and a nice definitions page. Credit: U.S. Cargo Aircraft from 1925 to the Present

Click here to view sheets

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

T-45A Flight Manual

Untitled 2 A copy of the NATOPS Flight Manual A1-T45AB-nfm-000 for the T-45A aircraft from #163599 and up, dated January 15, 1997.

click here to download manual

Monday, February 1, 2016

F/TF-15A Flight Manual

Untitled 2 A copy of the USAF Preliminary Flight Manual #T.O. 1F-15A-1 for the McDonnell Douglas F/TF-15A aircraft, block 7 and up. This manual is dated March 15, 1975. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download manual

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