Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
McDonnell Aircraft F-4 Stores Characteristics Charts dated April 1967. A list of all the weapons carried by the F-4 Phantom II aircraft with dimensions including weight, length, diameter; etc. Drawing 53-018248.
Additional stores info here
Monday, June 27, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Another company produced pamphlet extolling the virtues of the F-4. Similar to the pamphlet in this earlier post; but, with more info.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
A McDonnell Douglas Product Support publication, PS 472 dated 15 April 1968 as a manual on the Air National Guard RF-101G/H Photographic Reconnaissance Systems. It has data on the care and use of the KA-56 and KA-87 cameras. Many diagrams and charts.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
A circa 1950 set of large color military and civil aircraft lithographs from Lockheed Aircraft (plus one drawing). Includes the XFV-1, F-94, P2V-1, P2V-2, WV-, L-749 Connie and L-1049 Super Connie. Credit: William Rudolph collection
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
He says: “As an aeronautical engineer myself, and Venezuelan civil aviation historian, I have been researching this model for quite a while, with the intention of writing an article in spanish about the type, and its short history at Ransa. History goes that during a test, the load (water drums) got loose and moved around the cargo area, barely allowing the pilots to land. Pilots refused to fly the plane again, but in my opinion, the fact that they landed "safely" speaks well of the capabilities of the plane. Here are other comments from one of my tutors, Alfredo Schael, director of the Venezuelan Transportation Museum in Caracas, about the CBY-3: http://www.laahs.com/content/65-Tracking-RANSA%C2%92s-CBY-3-Loadmaster”
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Aircraft was proposed with J79-7B engines instead of J79-8, no tailhook and simplified bombing and navigation changes.
Monday, June 20, 2016
I got some additional info from Keith "Sven" Svendsen on the F-15 Chin Pod testing I posted here.
Sven says: “The photo in the article actually shows one of the FSD F-15A airframes, 71-0289 I think. The chin pod was also tested on 71-0291, see above: as Chief of Test with the F-15 Program Office. In cleaning out my office I found the referenced photo. At first glance, I thought it was an early 1990s test picture since. In the later days of Desert Storm and for a while afterwards, we were looking at a "Single-Seat SEAD" capability for the MSIP jets - to include direction finding gear a la the chin pod and integrating the AGM-88 on stations 2 and 8. The MSIPs were looking for a mission after air dominance was established.”
Thanks, Sven, for the additional info!
Sunday, June 19, 2016
“Those illustrated summaries are a little weak. The F-4A configuration history during development was more complicated, e.g. big noses on airplanes prior to 19 like 10, 12, and 14. The raised canopy was introduced at 19.
The F-4B raised canopy was actually introduced during F-4A production as noted on the first sheet and above.
The F-4J sheet is USMC only, which implies that the maneuver slats were USMC only. If I remember correctly, the maneuver flaps were only a feature on the F-4S, the first lot of which were delivered to the Marines without the maneuver slats.
For some reason, the inflight refueling probe is shown on some sheets but not others.
You might want to link this particular post to this one for completeness and hopefully accuracy: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/12/you-cant-tell-phantoms-without-score.html”
Tommy has studied the Phantom II extensively and is, in my opinion, an expert in early NAVY F-4’s. His website is a must visit for anyone interested in the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. It is at: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com
Original post here
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Jack Abercrombie sent along a few more F-15 S/MTD (STOL/ Maneuver Technology Demonstator program photos, including another view of the wind tunnel test. Jack was the Technical Integrator for the program.
Original post here
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
A nice article by Bill Norton on the F-15 Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator (S/MTD) aircraft from the Air Force Flight Test Center. Great description of mods. Credit IPMS article from February 1990
Per wikipedia: The NF-15B S/MTD was a modified F-15 Eagle. Developed as a technology demonstrator, the F-15 STOL/MTD carried out research for studying the effects of thrust vectoring and enhanced maneuverability. The aircraft used for the project was pre-production TF-15A (F-15B) No. 1 (USAF S/N 71-0290), the first two-seat F-15 Eagle built by McDonnell Douglas.
Monday, June 13, 2016
This will always be a “Things with Wings” blog; so, don’t worry about that!
It does seem that the interest is there; so, I will sprinkle some NASA stuff in occasionally along with the other material! Thanks for the input comments and many emails.
(Part of the kosmonauta.net and chomikuj.pl/VSI websites)
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Cliff Steenhoff has sent me over 3000 NASA press releases, which include most all of the Space Shuttle launches, Apollo, Altas and Delta launches and many, many others.
As this number of items is so large, I need to ask if any one is really interested in them before I put in that much work.
If you would like to see them posted here, make a comment in the Comment Section below. It is up to you if you want it to happen!!
Saturday, June 11, 2016
NOTE: THIS IS A HUGH FILE!! OVER 1.2 GIGS!
Friday, June 10, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Color and Markings of a Missouri Air National Guard F-100C of the 131st Tactical Fighter Wing at Lambert airport in St. Louis, Mo. With a short history of the aircraft flown by this guard unit. Nice drawing by the Rev Del Miller.
Click here to see previous post on MO ANG F-100’s
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Grumman company written Apollo Operations Handbooks for the Lunar Module. LMA790-3-LM Vol 1, dated 1 April 1971 and LMA790-3-LM Vol 2, dated 15 January 1971. Volume I is for Subsystems Data and Volume II is for Operational Procedures. Credit: Cliff Steenhoff
Tuesday, June 7, 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
Monday, June 6, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
A copy of the DOD manual, MIL-STD-2161A (AS) for the Paint Schemes and Exterior Markings for US Navy and Marine Corp Aircraft. This manual is dated May 1, 1993. Lots of nice info, paint colors and diagrams.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
From AirVectors: “In 1973, British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas conducted a set of conceptual studies for a bigger and better Harrier, the result of which was the "AV-16A" or "AV-8X", based on the bigger and more powerful Pegasus 15 engine, with plenum-chamber burning. The informal "AV-16A" designation reflected the goal of an aircraft with twice the range and twice the warload of the existing AV-8A. There was also some interest in supersonic performance.”
Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum