Friday, September 30, 2016

Douglas A-4C/L Skyhawk Pilot's Pocket Checklist

 Douglas A-4C_L Skyhawk Pilot's Pocket Checklist_01 A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVC-1 NATOPS Pilot's Pocket Checklist for the Douglas A-4C/L aircraft, dated 1 May 1976. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download the checklist in PDF form (26.5 Megs)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Douglas A-4C/L Skyhawk Flight Manual

NAVAIR 01-40AVE-1_01 A copy of the NAVAIR 01-40AVE-1 NATOPS Flight Manual for the Douglas A-4C/L aircraft, dated 1 April 1977. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (71.9 Megs)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Douglas A-4A/B/C Skyhawk Standardization Manual

Untitled 3 A copy of the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Manual for the Douglas A-4E aircraft, dated 15 October 1963. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download manual in PDF form (7.1 Megs)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Douglas A4D-1/A4D-2 Skyhawk Flight Manual

Untitled 1   A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVA-1 NATOPS Flight Handbookl for the Douglas A4D-1/A4D-2 aircraft, dated 1 January 1962. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Note:The A4D-1 became the A-4A, the A4D-2 became A-4B

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (24.9 Megs)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Flight Manual

NAVAIR 01-40AVC-1 [November 1966]_01  A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVC-1 NATOPS Flight Manual for the Douglas A-4E aircraft, dated 15 November 1966. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download manual in PDF form (57.5)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Amateur Rocketeers of America

Untitled 11 Rocket Manual for Amateurs - By Capt. Bertrand R. Brinley (Ballantine Books - 1960 OK, this blog entry is for me and my Kids and Grandkids!

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.

Click here to view info

Click here to download the rocket manual in PDF form (16.70)

Click here for a "Rocket College" story

Saturday, September 24, 2016

F-4 Phantom II Compass Ghost Lights

Visual Stealth - Compass Ghost - F-4 Phantom lights 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

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Original Bayou Renaissance Man Article

Friday, September 23, 2016

More F-4 Phantom II Development and 3-View Drawings

Scan101 Another really good side view/development and 3-view illustrations on the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Again, I don’t know the credit!

Click here to view drawings

Earlier blog post on this subject

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Royal Canadian Navy F2H-3 Banshees

Scan025 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

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yokota Air Base Japan Miscellaneous Photos

Scan0009 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.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

XF-88 Early Three View Drawing

Stitched Page 1 A  copy of an early three view drawing of the XF-88 aircraft. (Original and a cleaned-up copy)

Compare with the 1947 General Arrangement Army Fighter concept drawing here.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Douglas A-3 Skywarrior Photos

Douglas A-3 Skywarrior A few Douglas A-3 Skywarrior family photos. Credit: The Jean Aker archive collection via the BoxArt Den

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

McDonnell Model 119/220 Miscellaneous Material

Scan193810 Scan2470 A collection of misc material that I have gathered over the years pertaining to the 119/220 aircraft!

Click here to view misc material

Promotional 119/220 movies:

First movie here

Second movie here

Saturday, September 17, 2016

McDonnell Model 119/220 Articles

7 Scan2487Scan2403a A couple of articles that I have found over the years.

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!

Click here to view the two articles

Friday, September 16, 2016

McDonnell Model 119A Flight Evaluation Report

1 Model 119A Flight USAF Eval a A partial copy of the USAF Flight Evaluation Report for the McDonnell Model 119A. Report #AFFTC-TR-59-25, dated September 1959.

click here to download the report in PDF form (49.6 Megs)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Model 119 Estimated Performance Report

1 Model 119 Performance McAir report #5708, dated 21 October 1957 for the Model 119 UCX version.

Click here to download report in PDF form (42.3 Megs)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

McDonnell Model 119C Drawings

Scan2395 Scan2396 Various drawings of the McDonnell Model 119C proposal.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

McDonnell Model 119A Drawings

Untitled 1 Various drawings of the McDonnell Model 119A proposal.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

McDonnell Model 119 Sales Brochures

Scan231McDonnell Model 119 Sales Brochure_02a If you have a product for sale, you need sales brochures. Here are two brochures for the McDonnell Aircraft Model 119 aircraft

Click here to download the first brochure in PDF form (35.2 Megs)

Click here to download the second brochure in PDF form (23.5 Megs)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

McDonnell Model 119 Three View Drawings

McDonnell Model 119C General Arrangement 1McDonnell Model 119A UCX Principal Dimensions A selection of three view drawings of the McDonnell Aircraft Model 119 aircraft.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

McDonnell Model 119/220 Memento Booklet

The McDonnell 119-220 1956-1965_01The McDonnell 119-220 1956-1965_02a 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-identiļ¬ed 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


Click here to download booklet in PDF form (34.3 Megs)

Friday, September 9, 2016

McDonnell Model 220 Pilot's Handbook

McDonnell 220 Pilots Handbook_04 A copy of the company written pilot’s handbook for the McDonnell Model 220 aircraft, dated 20 June 1960.

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.”

Click here to download the handbook in PDF form (157.8 Megs)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

McDonnell Model 119A Pilot’s Handbook

McDonnell 119-Flight Manual_02a A copy of the McAir company written Pilot’s Handbook (Familiarization Manual) for the Model 119A, USAF – UCX aircraft.

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.”

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (103 Megs)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

McDonnell Aircraft Model 119/220 Walk-A-Round Photos

zMG_3338 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)

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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

Additional McDonnell Aircraft Model 119 and Model 220 Photos

1 zMcDonnell Model 220 N220 BCReed Jun-16-68 A collection of other McAir Model 119 and Model 220 photos that I have collected over the years. Credit: Internet and as marked.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

McDonnell Aircraft Model 220 Factory Photos

3 D4C 3957 Jul-60 Model 220 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!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

McDonnell Aircraft Model 119 Factory Photos

3 McDonnell Model 119 N119M inflight 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

Click here to view 70 photos

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Recent YAV-8B #1 Harrier Prototype Photos

DSC_0691 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

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Click here to view prior blog post

Friday, September 2, 2016

General Electric T64 Turboshaft/Turboprop

Scan105 A nice sales brochure for the General Electric T64 Turboshaft/Turboprop engine family. From August 1961.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

McDonnell Aircraft 20th Annual Report

Scan260_thumb1 The annual report issued in 1959 on McAirs 20th anniversary. Lots of good info and photos.

Click here to view pages

Click here to download the report in PDF form (147.2 Megs)

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