Tuesday, October 23, 2018

F-4C J79 Pilot Emergency Proceedures

GE J79 Emergency Procedures for F-4C_01 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Swept Wing McDonnell F2H-5 “Banshee”

McD Swept-wing XF2H-5McD XF2H-5 three view F2H-5 was the unofficial designation for a proposed swept-wing version with the wings, tail and afterburners of McDonnell's XF-88 Voodoo; but,  not built. Credit: Tailspin Turtle

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Three Engine F-106B

Three-engined F-106B-4 NASA technical memorandum, TM X-71439, on the “COMPARISON OF GROUND AND FLIGHT TEST RESULTS USING A MODIFIED F106B AIRCRAFT” Written by Fred A. Wilcox of the Lewis Research Center. Also, photos of the NASA test F-106B

From the forward:  “Two aft underwing nacelles housing afterburning J85 engines were added to an F106 to study exhaust nozzles in flight at Mach numbers up to
1.3. Installation effects were determined for several nozzles by comparing flight data to data from an isolated wind tunnel model. Reynolds number effects were studied at subsonic flight speeds for nozzles intended for use with afterburning turbo-
fan engines. A wide range of Reynolds number was obtained by flying the F106 over a range of altitude and by using 5 and 22% wind tunnel models of the F106. A contoured nozzle had a boattail drag as low as that of a longer circular arc nozzle over the Reynolds number range studied.”

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

F9F-8 Cougar Flight Handbook

F9F-8 Cougar Flight Handbook_02 A copy of the AN 01-85FGF-1 Flight Handbook for the Grumman F9F-8/8B/8P Cougar aircraft, dated 1 August 1954. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bell X-5 Photos and Drawings

1 Bell_X-5_USAF A number of factory and general photos and 3-view drawings of the Bell X-5 aircraft.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bell X-5 Research Aircraft Paper

Bell X-5 Research Aircraft Paper_02Bell X-5 Research Aircraft Paper_03 A copy of the research paper written by Warren Greene for the Bell X-5 aircraft. Report was written by the Historical Division of the Wright Air Development Center. Dated March 1954. Details the design and development of the X-5.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Midlife Update #M2 Pilot’s Guide

F-16A and B Pilot's Guide 2000_01 A copy of the Lockheed Martin Midlife Update #M2 Pilot’s Guide, 16PR15269, for the F-16A/B aircraft. Covers new capabilities and cockpit enhancements. Dated 15 March 2000. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

F-4X Navy Proposal–Revised

Revised the narrative due to Kim Simmelink’s email to me. Much better description of the Navy F-4X.

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F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Midlife Update #M1 Pilot’s Guide

F-16AB Fighting Falcon Midlife Update #1 Pilot’s Guide_01 A copy of the Lockheed Martin Midlife Update #M1 Pilot’s Guide, 16PR14341, for the F-16A/B aircraft. Covers new capabilities and cockpit enhancements. Dated 15 November 1998. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Flight Manual (USAF)

F-16AB Fighting Falcon Flight Manual (Early)_01 A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO 1F-F16A-1 for the General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon USAF/EPAF aircraft. This manual is dated 10 December 1984. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Navy flight manual here

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Friday, October 12, 2018

F-4X Navy Proposal

F-4X Navy Proposal_01 A copy of the McDonnell Aircraft F-4X proposal for the US Navy. Report No F333, dated Jan 1967.

From Kim Simmelink’s sources":"The Navy conducted a series of studies which were intended to take the F-4B design (the F-4J was still on the drawing board) into the future and give the Navy a much more capable machine by addressing the Phantoms shortcomings and incorporating state of the art systems. Out of these studies came the F-4(FV) concept. The F-4(FV) had a larger, more advance wing of 640 sq. ft., more advance electronics with multi-track and shoot capability, and the J79-GE-10 engine.

The Navy’s F-4X program (not to be confused with the F-4X program for the Air Force which resulted in the F-4E(S) for Israel) took the work done in the F-4(FV) studies and applied them to the upcoming F-4J looking at five different design variations which would take the design into the next century as a viable fleet defender.

The first variation is (referred to as the F-4J+) which was a minimum change of the upcoming F-4J. Improvements were made to the wing, and high lift devices, the catapult performance, and it was to be equipped with a modified AWG-10 with multi-shot capability for the AIM-7F Sparrow III missile.

Next was the F-4(FV)L which built on the F-4J+ with an improved wing (still mounted at the same place as the F-4J) which had increased wing area of 595 sq. feet, improved lift devices (including slats) and better carrier suitability.

The F-4(FV)H was a high wing variation of the F-4(FV)L which had modified main landing gear and lower fuselage, a thinner wing of 560 sq. ft., and offered more growth potential because of changes to the internal volume.

The F-4(FV)S was a revision of the F-4(FVS) proposed earlier by McDonnell, and increased the size of the wing from 420 sq. ft. on the F-4(FVS) to 500 sq. ft. This wing offered improved maneuverability and lower approach speeds. It still retained BLC on the trailing edge flaps. This design had a larger stabilator and vertical tail to improve stability.

The final design study was the F-4(FV)S with an advanced engine. This design would incorporate the increase area intakes of the F-4K along with the General Electric GE-1 engine. This design would have improved approach speeds, service ceiling, and acceleration time.

These studies were a last gasp to breathe new life into the F-4 airframe. But it was already showing its age and newer, more capable aircraft were soon to make it less likely that any serious consideration would be paid to these designs. Some improvements were taken from the studies and incorporated into the F-4S upgrade of the F-4J."

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

F2H Banshee Article “Super Spook”

apr48_01 A large article on the F2H Banshee “Super Spook” from the April 1948 issue of Naval Aviation News. A have included the entire issue.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

F-15E Experimental Camouflage Evaluation

F-15CVisualSigRedux3 F-15E in Experimental Visual Signature Reduction camouflage scheme. Note: schemes were tried out on F-15C aircraft. Dated July 1986. Credit: USAF-SIG

See camo photos here

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

F-4 General Program History Notes

F-4 Phantom II General Program History_01 A copy of the working notes for a McAir report on the F-4 General Program History. Lots of good dates on deliveries and program history.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Grumman F-14A Utility Preliminary Flight Manual

Grumman F-14A Utility Preliminary Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Grumman Company gererated F-14A Utility Preliminary Flight Manual, NAVAIR 01-F14A-1, dated 1 June 1972.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

F-4M (FVS) Aircraft Swing Wing Proposal

F-4M FVS Report F376 Feb-24-67_01F-4M (FVS) A copy of the McAir F-4M (FVS) Aircraft Swing Wing Proposal, F378. Dated 24 February 1967.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

F-4 (FVS) Swing Wing Aircraft Tech Development Plan

USN F-4 FVS Aircraft E790 Aug-10-66_01 A copy of McAir report E790 on the F-4 FVS Swing Wing AircraftTech Development Plan. Dated 10 August 1966.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

F-4 (FVS) Aircraft Swing Wing Detail Specification

USN F-4 FVS Aircraft Detail Specification A copy of the McAir report No.SD513-2 on the F-4 FVS Aircraft Swing Wing Detail Specification proposal. Dated 10 August 1966.

From the AeroSpace Project Review: “In the mid 1960’s, the McDonnell Aircraft Company devoted some internal funds and effort to the F-4(FVS). This would have removed the wing from the F-4 Phantom II and replaced it with an all-new shoulder-mounted swing wing. The target of this enterprise was primarily the US Navy; MAC assured them that the F-4(FVS) would be a superior carrier plane to the standard F-4 due to better low-speed handling characteristics. Howver, while the design seems to have been pretty sound, by this point the Navy wanted a capability the Phantom couldn’t provide: Phoenix missiles. In the end, the Navy largely ignored the F-4(FVS) and went with the F-14. But even then, McDonnell-Douglas proposed a design for the F-14 contest, the Model 225A, that was in part derived from the F-4(FVS) studies.”

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Douglas A4D-2N Dual Wheel Army Trial–Part II

Northrop 174735-071a,b G-91, A4D  sod testsTommy Thomason sent me some more photos and a write-up on the Douglas A4D-2N Dual Wheel Army soft field trial. Thanks Tommy!

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Photos and write-up here

Part I here

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

F-4 (FV) Technical Proposal

F-4 (FV)Technical Proposal_01 Report B560 (Vol 1), dated 16 March 1965.

From the forward:
“This report presents McDonnell Aircraft Corporation‘s unsolicited proposal
for a three and one-half month, Navy-sponsored program definition of the Advanced
F-4B fighter aircraft concept identified as the F-4(FV). Preliminary studies per-
formed by McDonnell on this and previous configurations have been reviewed by the
Bureau of Naval Weapons. Navy review of McDonnell's preliminary efforts directed
the selection of the F-4(FV) configuration for fighter Weapon System Definition
Study now proposed. The comprehensive study proposed in this report will result
in the develoment of a program definition to assist the Navy in making a decision
on procurement of an Advanced Fleet Air Defense Hespon System.”

Note: This report and proposal predates the F-4(FV)S swing wing aircraft.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

F-4C/D/E/G & RF4C Structural General Info Repair Manual

F4C,D,E,G & RF4C Structural General Info Repair Manual_01 F4C,D,E,G & RF4C Structural General Info Repair Manual, T.O. 1F-4C-3-1-1, dated 15 October 1971. Credit: Dick Barton

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Douglas A4D-2N Dual Wheel Army Trial–Part I

A-4 Duel Wheel - 001 Two A4D-2Ns (BuNos 148490 and 148483) were modified in 1961 for evaluation by the US Army as a ground support aircraft. Each of these planes was fitted with a drag chute stored in a canister underneath the rear fuselage and was fitted with low-pressure twin-wheel main undercarriage members that retracted into enlarged fairings underneath the wings. The two A4D-2Ns were evaluated by the Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama in competition with the Northrop N-156 and the Fiat G.91R. However, it was decided that the Army would not be permitted to operate fixed-wing attack aircraft, leaving responsibility for close air support of ground troops to the Air Force, the Navy, or the Marine Corps. As a result, none of the competitors was ordered by the Army, and the two A4D-2Ns were then converted back to standard configuration and delivered to the Navy.*

* From Joe Baugher Skyhawk narrative

Letter to me from Harry Gann (Famous Douglas Historian/Author):

“I am enclosing photos of both the A4D-2N aircraft that were modified for the Army trials.The mods were quick and dirty and would have been cleaned up considerable if they had been put into production. The colors were standard USN gray with Douglas flight test red (see same included color photo for color only). The US Army dragged their feet on the aircraft and as a result, nothing was ever done in spite of the favorable showing of the A-4 over the other two aircraft.  I guess the US Army was planning on putting their eggs in the doubled Cheyene basket which rose up to bite them.
I was heavily involved in the project as I was in advanced design at the time.  We even had R.G. Smith do a painting of an O D colored A4D-5 for the project.
Harry Gann”

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