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In the summary, it says: “The U.S. Marlne Corps has developed and validated the concept of V/STOL light attack wlth the Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier. The McDonnell Douglas AV-BB wIII provlde the operational capablllty required of an all V/STOL llght attack force In the 19B0s. AV·BB performance Is made posslble by successful lntegratlcn of new U.S technoIogy Into the proven Harrier V/STOL concept.”
Monday, December 26, 2016
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It reads: “This brochure has been prepared lo acquaint airline personnel with some of the design features and operational aspects of gas turbine engines. The brochure covers basic principles of operation of both turbo-jet and turbo-prop engines, although emphasis is placed on the Allison Model 501 Turbo-prop engine which will power the Lockheed Eiectra.”
Thursday, December 22, 2016
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Monday, December 19, 2016
“Hi Ron-My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Aviation Archives has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Aviation Blogs on the web.
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Thank you very much to Anuj and his team for this honor! Obviously, I don’t do this for fame and fortune; but, being human, I will happily accept an honor. Thanks to my readers for making me “famous” (LOL)
Sunday, December 18, 2016
McDonell engineering news report dated June 1963. This report summarizes the major McDonnell projects underway and recently completed. Good historical data straight from the company. This was the first report I got from the company and I was one of the engineers “hired in the past 12 months”. (First paragraph – June 1962)
Saturday, December 17, 2016
An article from Aviation Magazine dated November 1946 and written by Kendall Perkins, who went on to be the Chief of Engineering for McDonnell Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas. Design Development of the FD-1 Phantom is a very interesting over view of the FD-1 design process.
Aviation Week says: “Detailing for the first time the problems—and their solutions—of the U. S. Navy's first all-jet plane whose unusual structure points up new approaches to future high-speed military craft.”
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The sixth production F/A-18A-2-MC Hornet, BuNo 1610780, C/N 6/a006 was designated for spin testing.
After spin testing it was leased to NASA at Edwards AFB, CA. in 1985, to be Used in high angle of attack and thrust vectoring tests. It was registered as N840NA and Flown as 840. After it finished with NASA, it was sent for display to Virginia Air And Space Centerat Hampton, VA, March 2003.
Per Jack Abercrombie: “ FYI, the MCAIR test pilot in the last three photos is Denny Behm, the designated high AOA/spin test pilot for the program. (Denny was also the guy who flew the first spin in the F-15 Eagle a few years before--although not planned).”
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
“Today, we remember John Glenn.
He is best known for his orbital space flight in 1962. He was also a fighter pilot.
John served in WWII and Korea and scored three MiG kills in Korea. He was assigned to escort Charles Lindberg during WWII, flying a Vought F4U Corsair.
Lindberg was working for Lockheed to improve the P-38's performance.
His wingman during the Korean War was Ted WIlliams, who went on to become a legend of the baseball diamond. They were both flying Grumman F9F Panthers.
John flew a slew of fighter aircraft in the 1950s and was selected as a member of the original Mercury Seven astronauts in 1959. These men were the first group of aviators that NASA selected for early space flights.
John Glenn was the last of them and his passing closes the book on this chapter of American heroes. “ Credit: The Jean Aker archive collection via the BoxArt Den
Having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s, John Glenn was a special hero of mine. May he RIP.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
A fascinating first hand account of the F-18 Hornets design background and how the aircraft evolved from Jack Abercrombie. Jack was head of the Aero project from 1978 and the Chief Aerodynamicist at McDonnell Douglas from 1982 to 1985. credit: Jack Abercrombie
Monday, December 12, 2016
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Friday, December 9, 2016
McAir report 80-002 on the history of the Seven Wing configurations the F-4 Phantom II was tested in flight. Credit: Written by D.H. Bennett and W. A. Rousseau and presented at the Dayton-Cincinnati Chapter Conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dayton, Ohio,18-19 March 1980.Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum via Jack Abercrombie
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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And Now for something different! A copy of the Flight Training Instructions for formation flying with the North American T-2A (T-2J) Buckeye from Naval Air Basic Training!. This is Part 8, dated 1964. Credit: Cole Piece
Part 8 says: “Flight Training Instructi0ns - Formation, T-2A(T2J)“ is published for
the information, standardization of instruction, and guidance of all flight
instructors and student naval aviators as an explanatory aid to the Naval
Air Basic Training Command T-2A(T2J) Basic Jet Flight Syllabus. It will be
the authority on the execution of all T-2A(T2J) Formation procedures and
maneuvers contained in the Basic Jet Flight Syllabus.”
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Copies of the Pilot’s Guides To the Midlife Update new capabilities and enhancements for the General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon aircraft, dated 1998, 2000 and 2004. This includes Part 1, 2 and 3.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
A copy of the Flight manual TO GR1F-16CJ-1-1 Supplemental for the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Hellenic Airforce, dated June 15, 2003. Credit: Public Intelligence
Thursday, December 1, 2016
A copy of the Flight Crew Checklist TO GR1F-16CJ-1CL-2 for the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Hellenic Airforce, dated December 15, 2003. Credit: Public Intelligence