Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
A feasability paper by Avichai Socher and Alon Gany of the Ireal Institute of Technology on launching micro satelites using a combat aircraft like the F-15 Eagle. Interesting reading and dove tails with the F-15-deployed rocket Boeing was developing under the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program. Credit: Sariel Stiller
Info and video on ALASA here
Thursday, April 28, 2016
One of the jobs they found to work was to help build the Fairchild AT-21 “Gunner” for the war effort.
As Aviastar.org puts it: “Of the 175 AT-21’s constructed, 106 were built by Fairchild and, to speed deliveries to the USAAF, 39 were built by Bellanca Aircraft Corporation and 30 by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation at St Louis.”
The first photo above is McDonnell built AT-21 # 42-48413. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
More pages from the Group Assembly Parts List (AN 01-245FBC-2 and –4) for the F2H-3 Banshee showing the parts breakdown (IPB) of the aircraft. Some duplication to my first post. Still looking for more pages from these two publications. Credit: Dave Lennox on HyperScale Forums
Monday, April 25, 2016
Many good photos of Pima Air Museum’s Conestoga here
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Here are seventy three McDonnell Douglas stickers. Credit: Steve Billing collection
Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Missouri Air National Guard held an open house on October 11, 1983 on the 131st Tactical Fighter Wing’s facility at Lambert airport in St. Louis, Mo. Had RF-4, F-4C, CF-101B and A-4 aircraft on hand. Also, I included a nice photo of an MO ANG F-4C flying over the Arch and old Busch stadium.
Missouri Air National Guard F-100D and F-100F aircraft are here
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
They include: AF-2S, Ag-Cat, WF-2, E2A, F2F-1, F3F-2, F4F-4, F6F-5, F7F-3, F8F-1, F8F-2, F9F-8, F9F-8P, F-11A/F11F-1, FF-1, G-22, G-159 Gulfstream, HU-16B, OV-1A/AO-1AF, S-2A, S-2E, TBF-1 and XF5F-1. Credit: Greg Kuklinski
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
An except from a Navy progress report on the F-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. This is a “report card” on the project and where it has been and should go. Blog readers say that it is from a year end FY 2013 DOT report. Report number unknown.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Jack says: “Here's an ad from a 19 April 1976 Aviation Week showing the then (early) F-18 configuration. Note the scaled-up YF-17 LEX, three LEX slots, wing LE snag, short-span ailerons, stabilator with no snag, and strakes on the sides of the nose radome.” It is very interesting to compare this to the later as-built configuration. Enjoy!
Monday, April 11, 2016
More info on the unusual NACA Rocket Boosted 13% Scale Model F4H-1 tests, mentioned in the blog post here. These tests where measured against the standard wind tunnel tests in order to evaluate the validity of this type of testing.
Jack Abercrombie found some of his old memos and charts from his time as the McAir Chief Aerodynamics Engineer.
As Jack says: “I found some of my work from many years ago regarding the the NACA Rocket Model F4H-1. Apparently, after the test of Memorandum RM SL57K20, there were at least three more tests the following year (1958).
In 1983, after I became Chief Aerodynamics Engineer, one of the old time VPs remembered the NACA tests, and I was asked to dust off the results. I had extensively examined the NACA data more than 20 years before during a drag investigation when I was still a working Aerodynamicist. My archives from the earlier period were used to generate the data for the attached memorandum 341-83-313 dated 8 Nov 83.
Note that the rocket model derived data is really no good, particularly subsonically. Supersonically, the data are better but still not good.
The memo 341-83-313 was presumably passed on; but, I never heard any more on the subject.”
I have also included a nice photo of a rocket boosted Douglas F4D model. So, this type of test was run on several aircraft models!
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Wonderful photo of the McAir flight ramp in 1966, filled with F-4’s. This is how I remember the “good times” of F-4 production. In the foreground Navy and Air Force RF’s, along with F-4B’s and C’s. In the far left backgound is an F-4A flight test bird.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Here’s work-a-round download methods:
Using Firefox: click the “Ignore this warning’ words at the lower right hand of the warning box (See above). If you are still sceptical, you should scan each file BEFORE opening and you will see that they are clean.
Using Explorer: Turn off “Smart Screen Filter” – Go to the “Safety” drop down menu on top toolbar, go down to “Smart Screen Filter”, then down to “Turn off Smart Screen Filter” Having this off is no problem as Explorer always scans each download!
Using Chrome: You are on your own here, as I never use it.
FileFactory is still working the problem and I am still in contact with them. They ask for time as the problem is more complex than originally thought!
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The above photo shows “Old 122” (YRF-4C 62-12200) in “Agile Eagle” configuration with the Beryllium rudder installed during April 1967. Adding leading edge maneuvering slats to F-4’s was evaluated during flight tests known as Project Agile Eagle. And it should come as no surprise that multiple flight test configurations were run at the same time! McDonnell made 45 rudders which were installed on F-4 fighters for service evaluation.
Also included is a Flight International article from June 7, 1973 on Boron Composites. This lists which aircraft used/tested boron componets and a background on Boron development.
Credit: Ramp “122” photo from FFRC Photo Collection
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Let me be very clear, none of my files are infected as this is a FileFactory server problem!
As proof, ignore the warning and download a file; but, BEFORE opening it, run a virus scan on it and it will come up negative. My computer is scanned daily and once every week using four anti-malware programs. ALL of the files that I have ever uploaded are clean.
I have been in contact with FileFactory for over a week and received this from them:”
“Andy Wong (FileFactory Support)
Apr 1, 14:02
Hi there, thanks for your email.
We have investigated and discovered that some malicious users have been using our servers to host malware programs, and using TrafficShare to distribute the downloads to unsuspecting (but specific) downloaders.
Unfortunately this seems to flag all other files on the same server as potentially harmful. We are hunting down the accounts and files associated with this, and once removed, the warning errors should disappear.
Senior Customer Support Agent”
So, while this is troubling, my files are safe and FileFactory is taking steps to correct the problem from the rogue server files. Carry on!
BTW: Using a different browser will allow you to download the files, if your current one won’t.
NOTE: I have put an alternate download site for the “F-4D Gun Module Report”. Let me know if I need to give alternate download sites for other files.
Another McDonnell report number B233, dated November 10 1964. This report investigates the desired installation positions for the F-4D and F-4E Phantom II aircraft for carrying a gun module. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
The course put together by McAir Product Support for the familiarization of the F-15A Eagle fighter aircraft. This course has everything from 3-view drawings, cockpit, ejection seat, system info; etc. Credit for original file: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum