Wednesday, June 28, 2017

XV-1 Additional Photos

Scan3337 Very poor quality photo copied photos of the XV-1 Convertiplane; but, the only ones I have seen with the instrument panel and the aircraft during construction. Photo numbers are on them for reference.

Click here to download photos in a one Zip file (105.9 Megs)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

XV-1 Standard Aircraft Characteristics

XV-1 SAC-01 McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) sheets, dated 3 March 1952. XV-1.

Click here to download SAC (13.4 Megs)

Monday, June 26, 2017

XV-1 Model 82 Report

XV-1 Model 82-01 McDonnell Aircraft Corp Report No. 2470, dated 3 March 1952. The “Bible” for the XV-1 Convertiplane! All the specs, types, rotor info and many drawings. This is a photocopy; but, it cleaned up O.K. Enjoy!

Click here to download report (78.3 Megs)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane in Bldg 42

XV-1 4aA couple of photos I took of the XV-1 Convertiplane while it was stored in Bldg 42 Flight Test Hanger in 1963 before being sent to the Smithsonian. I had just started at McDonnell Aircraft and had no idea what this craft was; but, I had to take a couple of photos of it! (No, I wasn’t supposed to be taking photos, hence only these four!) Low quality photos; but, I guarantee that you won’t see any others of this aircraft while is was stored.

Click here to view photos

Saturday, June 24, 2017

XV-1 Identification and Modification Plate Chart

ID Plate 1ID Plate 2 Blueprint No 28-00006 Identification and Modification Plate Chart for model 82, XV-1 aircraft, Air Force Serial Numbers 53-4016 & 53-4017. Dated January 1953. Contains the Airplane Breakdown,General Notes & Contractor Designation and Serial Number Assignments.

Click here to download chart (24.6 Megs)

Friday, June 23, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane Articles

XV-1 Articles-13 A number od articles and facts I have collected over the years.

Click here to download articles in a Zip file (40.4 Megs)

The McDonnell XV-1 rotor system here

A monogram on the history, description and photos of the XV-1 here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane Drawings and 3-Views

METADATA-/scanq/scantofile0048.tifXV-1 Drwg-03 A number of Loft Sheets, 3-views and drawings of the McDonnell Aircraft XV-1 Convertiplane.

Click here to download drawings as a Zip file(43.7 Megs)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane Photos

 XV-1-01XV-1-03 The McDonnell XV-1(XH-35) was an experimental compound helicopter, developed for a joint research program with the United States Air Force and the United States Army. It was designated a "convertiplane" and explored technologies to develop an aircraft that could take off and land like a helicopter but fly at faster airspeeds, similar to a conventional airplane. The XV-1 would reach a speed of 200 mph (322 km/h), faster than any previous rotorcraft, but the program was terminated due to the complexity of the technology which gave only a modest gain in performance. Source: Wikipedia

Technical Notes:
Rotor Diameter: 9.5m (31 ft)
Wingspan: 7.9 m (26 ft)
Length: 9.1 m (30 ft)
Height: 3.3 m (10 ft 9 in)
Weights: Empty, 1,940 kg (4,277 lb)
Gross, 2,497 kg (5,505 lb)
Engine: Continental R-975-19 air-cooled radial, 550 horsepower
Crew : 2    
Note: Photos 31 thru 34 were taken by me in the BLDG 42 hanger in 1963

Click here to download photos in a Zip file (135.7 Megs)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 2

A-9A-01 More photos and info on the Northrop A-9A prtotype aircraft. The six photos were all taken during the a-9A/A-10 competition by Edwards Air Force personnel in May and June 1972. Also, I have included some articles and drawings that I have collected.

Click here to view photos and info

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 1 is here

Additional A-(A blog posts here, here, here and here

Monday, June 19, 2017

YC-15 Additional Photos and Info

YC-15-02a More photos and other info on the McDonnell Douglas YC-15. Includes the C-15 project badge, paintings, 3-views, manufacturer models and future types of this aircraft.

Click here to view photos and info

Sunday, June 18, 2017

U.S. Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Manuals–Part 2

FM 44-80 Visual Aircraft Recognition (1993) WW_01 Another U.S. Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Field Manual FM 44-80, this time dated September 30 1996. Slightly different than part 1 offerings.

Click here to download field manual

Click here for part 1

Saturday, June 17, 2017

F3H Demon Candid Photos #2

Untitled 3Another gift from the collection of William Rudolph comes more candid shots of F-3H-2N Demons. Dated April 1956. Photos appear to be at Lambert Airport and the XF-88 can be seen next to the Demon.

Click here to view photos

Part 1 of Bill’s Demon photos are here

Friday, June 16, 2017

YC-15 Photos

YC-15-04a Sixty five photos of the McDonnell Douglas YC-15 aircraft.

Per “The Aviation Zone”: “In the early-1970s, five American companies submitted proposals to the U.S. Air Force after it issued its Advanced Medium STOL Transport (AMST) requirement for a new jet-powered tactical airlifter to replace the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules. In 1972, two proposals were accepted for construction as the Boeing YC-14 and McDonnell Douglas YC-15 prototypes.

Both test aircraft were designed to a common cargo specification and utilized off-the-shelf engines to achieve the "Coanda Effect" (air turning on the convex side of an aerodynamic surface) to maximize lifting capability during STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) operations.…”

Two YC-15s (#72-1875 and #72-1876) were built with two different size wingspans, 132 feet (40.42m) and 110 feet (33.6m), respectively. Both aircraft are 124 feet (37.86m) in length.

First flown on 26 August 1975, a 600-hour test program followed. Funding cuts eventually cancelled the AMST program in 1979. Both the YC-14 and the YC-15 satisfied the AMST performance requirements, which would later be incorporated into the design of the larger C-17 Globemaster III transport.”

Click here to download photos in Zip file

Other YC-15 blogs here

Proposed C-15B blog here

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Northrop A-9A 3-Views, Profiles, Videos and Article

002A-9A-33Several Northrop A-9A 3-Views, Profiles and an article about the A-9A/A-10 from Aviation Week.

Click here to view 3-Views, Profiles and Article

Click here to download videos in Zip file (35.3 Megs)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Northrop A-9A Walk Around Photos

YA-9A (71-1368)-02 Three sets of Walk Around photos of A-9A, s/n 71-1368 (The number 2 aircraft) on display at March Field Air Museum, March Air Reserve Base, California. Credit: Bill Spidle, Aircraft Walk Around Center and Prime Portal

Northrop A-9A Walk Around March Field Museum #1 (26.0 Megs)

Northrop A-9A Walk Around March Field Museum #2 (1.2 Megs)

Northrop A-9A Walk Around March Field Museum #3 (1.8 Megs)

Northrop A-9A at EAFB

A-9A's EAFB April 1974-1 Photos that I took on my way to work at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in April of 1974. These photos show the two prototypes setting outside a base hanger. Not good photos; but, one of the few that I have found with both aircraft in one photo!

Click here to view photos

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 1

A-9A Photo Here are eighty six photos of the two prototype Northrop A-9A aircraft. The Northrop YA-9 was a prototype attack aircraft developed for the United States Air Force A-X program. The YA-9 was passed over in preference for the Fairchild Republic YA-10 that entered production as the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Aircraft 71-1367 is in the storage yard awaiting restoration at Edwards AFB, California.
  Aircraft 71-1368 - on display at March Field Air Museum, March Air Reserve Base, California.

Note: My involvement with the A-9A aircraft begin when McAir sent me to Edwards Air Force Base in September of 1973. My job was Flight Test Engineer for the German F-4F and also F-15 prototype aircraft; but, my office was next door to the Northrop A-9A project office.

As the program was over and Northrop lost, the office was clearing out. Of course, I had to ask as a historian and they gave me a number of photos and a A-9A Pilots Briefing Notes. (It always pays to be in the right place at the right time!) So, here are the photos and many others that I have gathered over the years. Credit: Northrop and as marked

Click here to view photos

Click here to download all photos in a Zip file (69.4 Megs)

A-9A Photos-Part 2 are here

Monday, June 12, 2017

Northrop A-9A Flight Manual

A-9A Flight Manual_001 Northrop A-9A Development Program Flight Manual, DPM A-9A-1. Dated 24 October 1972

Click here to download manual(59.5 Megs)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Douglas C-124A Globemaster II Standard Aircraft Characteristics

C-124A_SAC Douglas C-124A Globemaster II Standard Aircraft Characteristics sheets, dated 122 August 1952.

Click here to view SAC's

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Russian Aircraft Training Films

IL-2 Training Film

Trevor Bodnar sent along this email: “I found a few Russian aircraft training films on YouTube about how to fly the IL-2, YAK-1, 7 and 9 series of aircraft and the YAK 15. The Il-2 Film contains English subtitles.

Il-2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWh_w9ONtnI

YAK-15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSfmMYsztAw

YAK 1,7 and 9 series:

Part 1 =

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_iGXO1cmM4

Part 2 =

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rF0O9GoWXc&t=13s

A little different but still very interesting.” Thanks Trevor!

The full, non-subtitled three part Ilyushin Il-2 flight manual films are here, here and here 

Note: Always happy to receive film info!

Friday, June 9, 2017

MiG-17 Manual on Piloting Technique and Combat Employment

laptev_n_d_uchebnoe_posobie_po_tekhnike_pilotirovaniya_i_boe_03The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17 Manual on Piloting Technique and Combat Employment, dated 1972. Russian text.

Click here to download manual (38.3 Megs)

Additional Mig-17 manuals here

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ilyushin IL-10 Technical Description

IL-10 Technical Description_01 Ilyushin IL-10 Technical Description Manual, dated 1946. Russian text.

Click here to download manual(148 Megs)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Standard Aircraft of the R.A.F.

Standard Aircraft of the R.A.F._01 A nice historical Flying magazine article from May 18 1939 describing the then current R.A.F. aircraft. As they say: “ A Concise Pictorial and Factual Review.”

Click here to download manual

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Silhouettes of Allied and Enemy Airplanes

WWI300_01 The allied manual on identifing and classifying WWI aircraft for the fighting man.

Click here to download manual

Monday, June 5, 2017

Identification of U.S. Aircraft-Basic Field Manual

Identification of U.S. Aircraft-Basic Field Manual_01 The basic field manual for identification of U.S. aircraft, FM 30-30. From U.S. Military Intelligence, dated 1942.

Click here to download manual (1.2 Megs)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Identification of Japanese Aircraft-Basic Field Manual

Japanese aircraft manaul_01 The basic field manual for identification of Japanese aircraft, FM 30-38. From U.S. Military Intelligence, dated 1942.

Click here to download manual (0.8 Megs)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Identification of Italian Aircraft-Basic Field Manual

Italian picture manaul_01 The basic field manual for identification of Italian aircraft, FM 30-39. From U.S. Military Intelligence, dated 1941.

Click here to download manual (1.0 Megs)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Identification of German Aircraft-Basic Field Manual

German aircraft manual_02 The basic field manual for identification of German aircraft, FM 30-35. From U.S. Military Intelligence, dated 1942.

Click here to download manual (1.2 Megs)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Aircraft Classification Pamphlet

Aircraft Classification_01Another WWII pamphlet from 1942.. This time from Britian explaining the basis for aircraft classification and recognition. Published by the Real Photographs Co., No 42/14

Click here to download pamphlet

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aircraft Identification Photographic Handbook

sheet001A WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Identification from Photographic Interpretation Handbook. This handbook was for use by Navy photographic interpreters.

Click here to download handbook (14.6 Megs)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Army Navy Aircraft Recognition Manual

sheet001sheet009 Bi-service Army Navy Aircraft Recognition Manual FM 30-30(BUAER 3), dated June 1943.

Click here to download manual (87.8 Megs)

Monday, May 29, 2017

U.S. Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Manuals–Part 1

Visual Aircraft Recognition_01ARN3274_TC 3-01x80 FINAL WEB_01 Two U.S. Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Manuals FM-3-01.80(FM 44-80), dated January 2006 and TC 3-01.80, dated May 2017. Lots of general data on world aircraft and their recognition.

Click here to download Jan 2006 manual (28.4 Megs)

Click here to download the May 2017 manual (5.5 Megs)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nike-Hercules Photos and Walk-A-Round Gallery

Nike-Hercules -07 Eighty three photos and drawings of the Nike Hercules missile and a missile walk-a-round gallery.

Click here to view photos and drawings

Click here to download all photos and drawings in ZIP file

Click here to view walk-a-round photos

Click here to download all walk-a-round photos in Zip file

Click here for Operators manual

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Vanguard Program Histories

Project Vanguard History_01Untitled 1Vanguard - History_01VANGUARD PROGRAM_01 Four Vanguard Program History articles. The entire Vanguard program is listed.

Download Project Vanguard History here

Download Vanguard - America's Answer to Sputnik here

Download Vanguard – History here

Download Vanguard Program here

Friday, May 26, 2017

Vanguard Photos and Video

Vanguard-04 Fifty eight photos of the Vanguard launcher and satellites.

Click here to view photos

Click here to download all photos as a ZIP file (28 Megs)

Click here to download a sucessful Vanguard launch video

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vanguard - Satellite Launching Vehicle

The Vanguard - Satellite Launching Vehicle_01 A Martin company engieering summary of The Vanguard - Satellite Launching Vehicle. Engineering report 11022, dated April 1960.

Click here to download report (14.7 Megs)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Vanguard - A History

 

SP-4202_01Untitled 1 From the The NASA Historical Series, Vanguard – A History. Written by Constance McLaughlin Green and Milton Lomask. Published 1970. Complete history of Project Vanguard.

From Wikipedia  : “Project Vanguard was a program managed by the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which intended to launch the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit using a Vanguard rocket as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Missile Annex, Florida.” 

Click here to download history (45 Megs)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nike-Hercules Operators Manual

TM9-1400-250-10-2_01 Department of the Army Operators Technical Manual TM9-1400-250-10/2 on the Nike-Hercules missile, dated December 1960.

Click here to download manual (26.6 Megs)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tupolev Tu-4 Billion Dollar Bomber

Air Enthusiast 1971-07 (Vol.1 No.2)_01 More on the Tupolev Tu-4 Bomber and the Tu-75 transport and Tu-20 “Bear” bombers which came after it. The complete multi-part article published in Air Enthusiast magazine from1971. Thanks to Grigory Omelchenko for the idea of finding this article!

Click here to view article

Clicki here to download entire article as a Zip file

Additional Tupolev Tu-4 “Bull” info here

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Navy Aircraft Turrets Manual

Navy Aircraft Turrets Manual_01 From the WWII Navy Training Course, the Aircraft Turrets Manual. Dated 1946.

Click here to download manual (8.6 Megs)

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