Sunday, August 20, 2017

Grumman S-2D, S-2E, S-2G, US2-D, ES-2D Flight Manual

S2_Natops_Manual_01 A copy of the NAVAIR 01-85SAA-1 Flight Manual for the Grumman S-2D, S-2E, S-2G, US2-D, ES-2D aircraft, dated 1 May 1971. Credit: Trevor

Click here to download manual (107.4 Megs)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

RF-4C Aircrew Checklist

RF-4C Aircrew Checklist_01 A copy of the Aircrew’s Checklist TO 1F-4(R)C-1CL-1 for the McDonnell RF-4C aircraft, dated 18 July, 1995.

Click here to download checklist (46.6 Megs)

Friday, August 18, 2017

McDonnell XHCH-1 (Model 86) Characteristics Summaries

XHCH-1 November 1951 Four Characteristics Summaries (SAC’s) for the McDonnell XHCH-1 (Model 86) Helicopter. Dated November 1951, February and April 1956 and February 1957.

Click here to download CS's in one Zip file (6.2 Megs)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

McDonnell XHCH-1 (Model 86)

mcdonnell_xhch-1 McDonnell Model 86 Navy cargo-unloader turbo-prop helicopter, designated XHCH-1. Report No. 2951. Credit:Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to download report (14.2 Megs)

Click here to download Mock Up and Test photos in one Zip file (9.6 Megs)


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

McDonnell Model 81/81A Helicopter

TitleUntitled 1 McDonnell Model 81/81A assault transport helicopter project proposal. Report No. 1913, dated 20 December 1950. Model 81 was a tandem geared rotor helicopter with a turboprop engine. The Model 81A was a tandem geared rotor helicopter with a reciprocating engine. Note: the Model 82 became the XV-1 Convertiplane. Credit:Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to download report (17.7 Megs)

Monday, August 14, 2017

McDonnell XHRH-1 (Model 78) Mock Up Photos

D4E31853-XHRH-1-Ramp-Down More mock up photos of the McDonnell XHRH-1 Marine Assault Transport - Twin Engine Jet-Rotor helicopter. Part of report No. 2775, dated 20 October 1952. Credit: National Archives via Bill (Phantomologist) Many thanks, Bill!

Click here to download photos in one Zip file (55.3 Megs)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

McDonnell XHRH-1 (Model 78)

Untitled 1McDonnell XHRH-1 General Arrangement McDonnell Model 78 Marine Assault Transport - Twin Engine Jet-Rotor helicopter, designated XHRH-1. Report No. 2738, dated 1 October 1952. Credit:Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to download report (16 Megs)

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Click here to download Mock Up photos in one Zip file (3.3 Megs)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

X-15 Utility Flight Manual

X-15_Flight_Manual_01a A copy of the Utility Flight Manual for the North American X-15 aircraft, dated 29 December 1961.

Click here to download manual (30.9 Megs)

Friday, August 11, 2017

P-47B/C/D/G Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions

P-47BCDG Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions_01 A copy of the T O 01-65BC-1 Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the Republic P-47B/C/D/G aircraft. Dated January 20 1943.

Click here to download instructions

Thursday, August 10, 2017

P-38 Pilot Training Manual

Untitled 1 A copy of the Pilot Training Manual for the Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft.

Click here to download manual (56.2 Megs)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

B-25 Pilot Training Manual

B-25 Pilot Training Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot Training Manual for the North American B-25 aircraft.

Click here to download manual (27.1 Megs)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

B-17 Pilot Training Manual

B-17 Pilot Training Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot Training Manual for the Boeing B-17 aircraft.

Click here to download manual (25.8 Megs)

Monday, August 7, 2017

B-17 Pilot’s Manual

B-17 Pilots Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot’s Manual for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft.

Click here to download manual (58.4 Megs)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A-10 Gun Gas Diverter Photos

A-10 Gun Gas Diverter Photo 2 Several photos of a prototype gun gas diverter for the A-10. Gun gas divertion was a major problem for the A-10. Taken at an Elmendorf Air Force Base open house in 1985. Credit: Corbin via HyperScale

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chance Vought F8U-3 Crusader III Videos

Untitled 1 Several videos from YouTube on this unusual aircraft in one ZIpped file.

Click here to download video Zip file (13.7 Megs)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Chance Vought F8U-3 Crusader III Photos

XF8U-3-01 Thirty Four Chance Vought F8U-3 Crusader III Photos. Note: This is the aircraft that the F-4 Phantom II beat out for the contract!

Click here to download photos in one ZIP file (41.5 Megs)

Additional F8U-3 Crusader III blog posts here

Thursday, August 3, 2017

F-4G “Wild Weasel” Flight Manual

F-4G Flight Manual_unpw_001 A copy of the McDonnell Douglas F-4G “Wild Weasel” flight manual TO 1F-4G-1, dated 15 June 1978.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The History of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Monograph

The History of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor_02 NASA’s Monographs in Aerospace Hlstory #25, on The History of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft From Concept to Flight. Written by Martin D. Maisel, Demo J. Giulianetti and Daniel C. Dugan. Dated 2000. A complete study with 222 pages and many photos!

Click here to download monograph (1.8 Megs)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mach 3+ - YF-12 Research (1969-1979) Monograph

Mach 3 - YF-12 Research (1969-1979) _unpw_01Mach 3+ NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research,
1969-1979, by Peter W. Merlin. NASA’s Monographs in Aerospace Hlstory #25.

Click here to download monograph (10 Megs)

Monday, July 31, 2017

American X-Vehicles Monograph

American X-Vehicles_01 AMERICAN X-VEHICLES (An Inventory—X-1 to X-50)
Centennial of Flight Edition by Dennis R. Jenkins, Tony Landis, and Jay Miller
NASA Monographs in Aerospace History No. 31. Dated June 2003.

Click here to download monograph (1.2 Megs)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Apollo - A Retrospective Analysis Monograph

Apollo - A retrospective Analysis_01 Apollo - A Retrospective Analysis from NASA’s Monographs in Aerospace History, # 3. Dated July 2004 for the 35 anniversary of Apollo 11.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter Training Handbook–Revised

Lockheed-C-141-Handbook_012 Jim Hantsch found a better copy of this manual from the C-141 Heaven website and i have substituted their copy for mine. Thanks Jim!

Click here to download new copy (21.7 Megs)

F-86F Flight Manual

F-86F Flight Manual_01 North American F-86F Flight Manual TO 1F-86F-1, dated 30 April 1971 (Change 10).

Click here to download manual (122 Megs)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter Training Handbook

Lockheed C-141 Handbook_01 Lockheed C-141 Starlifter Training Handbook. Unknown date.

Click here to download handbook (21.7 Megs)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Aviation Week SR-71 Article

Aviation Week SR-71 Article_01 A nice article by Robert Ropelewski on the SR-71 aircraft. Lots of detail and photos. Credit: Aviation Week and Space Technology from May 18 1981.

Click here to download manual (31 Megs)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lockheed SR-71 Company Article

Untitled 1 A company article from the Lockheed Horizons magazine written by Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, himself. Dated Winter 1981/82.

Click here to download article (30 Megs)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SR-71A Flight Manual (Declassified)

SR-71 Flight Manual (Declassified)_001 A copy of the SR-71A-1 (Declassified) Flight Manual for the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird aircraft, dated 31 July 1989. Credit: Scribd.com

This is over 90% of the actual SR-71 DASH-1 manual. The sole section that remains classified is the section on the ASARS-1 Synthetic Apeture Radar, which I believe is still being used by the U-2 aircraft.

Click here to download manual (153.3 Megs)

Monday, July 24, 2017

F-4E Armament Systems Handbook

TitleMcDonnell Douglas F-4E Armament Systems Handbook (P.S. 859), dated 1 June 1974.

Click here to download handbook (108.7 Megs)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

F-4B/J Ordnanceman's Handbook

Title McDonnell Douglas F-4B/J Ordnanceman's Handbook (P.S. 196), dated 15 May 1968.

Click here to download handbook (140.7 Megs)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rolls Royce Spey Engine for F4H-1 Phantom II

Title A report on the Spey RB.l68-25R
By-Pass and Afterburner engine for the McDonnell F4H-I Phantom II
Dated November 1964.

From the Preface: “

This brochure has been prepared to assist in the evaluation of the Rolls-Royce RB.l68-25R as a propulsion engine for the McDonnell FAH-1 Phantom II.
The contents of this document give details of the engine and afterburner systems together with their performance and availability.”

Click here to download report (16.2 Megs)

Friday, July 21, 2017

The 1945 Aircraft Year Book

The 1945 Aircraft Year Book_01 A copy of the The 1945 Aircraft Year Book from Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc.  Dated 1945 (The 27th annual edition). Very interesting WWII book with many photos, illustrations and old ads. Credit: The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

Click here to download book (46.9 Megs)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

F/TF-15 Crew Chief's Handbook

EpsonF-15001 McDonnell Douglas F/TF-15 Crew Chief's Handbook (P.S. 918), dated May 1976.

Click here to download handbook (175.4 Megs)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

F-4C/D/E Armament Systems Handbook

Untitled 1  McDonnell Douglas F-4C/D/E Armament Systems Handbook (P.S. 217), dated December 1967.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Partners In Freedom

Partners In Freedom_01 Monographs in Aerospace History Number 19, by Joseph R. Chambers from the The NASA History Series on the Contributions of the Langley Research Center to U.S. Military Aircraft of the l990’s. (NASA SP-2000-4519 Partners in Freedom). A number of references to McDonnell Aircraft. AV-8B. T-45, C-17, f-4, F-15, F-18 and many more types of aircraft.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fifty Years of NASA Aeronautical Research

Fifty Years of NASA Research_01A NASA publication on their first fifty years of aeronautical research. Lots of info and photos.

From the introduction:
It is fifty years since the first symbolic shovels full of earth were lifted
above the soil of Langley Field to signal the start of construction of
the first research laboratory for the National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics.
Those shovels of Virginia ground symbolized more than the construc-
tion of a research laboratory. They were tangible proof that this coun-
try was determined to build an aeronautical research establishment
second to none in the world, aimed at regaining and then maintain-
ing the lead in aeronautics which had been given to America by
Orville and Wilbur Wright less than I4 years before
.”

Click here to download booklet (33.7 Megs)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Smell Of Kerosene

The Smell Of Kerosene_unpw_01 The story of a NASA Test Pilot’s Odyssey. Written by pilot Donald L. Mallick (with Peter W. Merlin) on his 11,000 hours of flight time in more than 125 different aircraft. Mallick was involved in an extremely wide variety of test programmes and flew many different aircraft during his USN and NASA careers. The book has 252 pages and many photos. Credit: NASA/Dryden via Jeff Rankin-Lowe

Click here to download book (3.9 Megs)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

XV-1 Model 82 Report - #2

McDonnell Model 82 Convertiplane Report No1920 Dec-8-50_01McDonnell Aircraft Corp Report No. 1920, dated 8 December 1950. The preliminary report on what would become the XV-1 Convertiplane! All the specs, rotor info and many diagrams. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download report #2 (17.3 Megs)

XV-1 Model 82 Report – #1 here

XV-1 Convertiplane additional info here

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Tribute to James S. McDonnell Article

owv1wHBDd4IC_001 An article written as a tribute to James S. McDonnell (Mr. MAC) by his son, John F. McDonnell. This article first appeared in the 2001Carving Our Destiny: Scientific Research Faces a New Millennium magazine (Essays of the James S. McDonnell Centenial Fellows). Credit: Google Books via Jack Abercrombie
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mr. MAC and the McDonnell Aircraft Company

Mr Mac 1 An article on the life and times of James S. McDonnell (Mr. MAC) and McDonnell Aircraft Company. This article first appeared in the Gateway Heritage, the Quarterly Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society, Summer 2003, Vol 24, No. 1.  Written by Sanford (Sandy) McDonnell (A nephew of Old Man MAC). Credit: Missouri Historical Society via Jack Abercrombie

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

F-4B/J and RF-4B Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled-2_thumb McDonnell Douglas F-4B/J and RF-4B Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 110), dated 1 May 1967. These handbooks are McAir Product Support publications.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

F-4(B/C) Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled 1McDonnell Douglas F-4(B,C) Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 61-1), dated 1 February 1964.

Click here to download handbook(190.5 Megs)

Monday, July 10, 2017

F-4K/M Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled 1McDonnell Douglas F-4K/M Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 454), dated 1 April 1968.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

F-4B/J Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled 1McDonnell Douglas F-4B/J Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 110), dated 1 January 1970.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Eagle Flies Article

F-15 Burrows 1 A first person article by McAir test pilot Irv Burrows on the first flight of the F-15 Eagle at EAFB. Great F-15 background and first flight from takeoff to landing! This article first appeared in the Gateway Heritage, the Quarterly Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society, Summer 2003, Vol 24, No. 1. Credit: Missouri Historical Society via Jack Abercrombie

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Polikarpov Po-2 Technical Manual

Polikarpov-Po-2-Manual_01 The basic Polikarpov Po-2 Technical Manual, dated 1946. Identification, capibilities and construction of the aircraft.

Click here to download manual (12 Megs)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Polikarpov Po-2 BC Flight Manual

Untitled 1 The Polikarpov Po-2 BC Technical Flight Manual, dated 1946.

The Polikarpov PO-2 BC was a Russian utility biplane which first flew in 1927 and was produced between 1928 and 1952. As well as the training role it was also used in the ground attack, reconnaissance and liaison roles. Known as “Bed Check Charlie” in the Koren war.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

F-15 First 100 Flights Article

F-15 1st FlightUntitled 1 

A fascinating first hand account of the F-15 Eagles first flights and the problems that had to be solved. This narrative is part of Jack Abercrombie’s memoirs. Jack was an Aerodynamics Project Engineer from 1971 to 1978. The first picture above shows most of the engineers at Edwards who supported the F-15 first flight. Credit: Jack Abercrombie

On a personal note, I ran one of the wind tunnel tests at Langley that resulted in the “Snag” horizontal mentioned in this memoir!

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