Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
New info added on the “F-4 Phantom II Carrying a Phoenix Missile” post here.
Added Phoenix missile carriage used on NASA’s F-15 hypersonic tests here.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
A 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
Friday, February 26, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
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.
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
A nice short history of the Genie missile is here
Friday, February 19, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
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
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Original T-45TS blog posting here
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Anyone have the entire handbook?
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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