Tuesday, December 31, 2019

F2H-4 Banshee Walk Around

A set of photos from an F2H-4 Banshee Walk Around. This aircraft is at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida. Credit: Michael Fortin

“Accepted by the Navy on 24 July 1953, the Museum's F2H-4 (Bureau Number 126419) served in many Marine and Navy fighter and all-weather fighter squadrons and made a deployment in the carrier Coral Sea (CVA-43). Stricken from the active naval aircraft inventory in May 1962, it was assigned to the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Jacksonville, Florida, and transferred to the Museum in 1970.”

Download here or here (51 Megs)

Monday, December 30, 2019

Army CH-47D Maintenance Test Flight Manual

A copy of the TM_1-1520-240-MTF Army Boeing CH-47D Maintenance Test Flight Manual. Dated 31 January 2003. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (1.0 Megs)

Friday, December 27, 2019

Army CH-47D Operator’s and Crewmember’s Checklist

A copy of the TM 1-1520-240-CL Operator’s and Crewmember’s Checklist, for the Army Boeing CH-47D helicopter. Dated 31 January 2003. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (0.3 Megs)

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Army CH-47D Operators Manual

A copy of the Army operators manual, TM 1-1520-240-10, for the Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter. Dated 31 January 2003.

Download here or here or here (33 Megs)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Convair F-106A/B Flight Manual

A copy of the T.O. 1F-106A-1-1Flight Manual, for the Convair F-106A/B aircraft. Dated 1 December 1972.

Download here or here or here (48.6 Megs)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Army CH-47D Maintenance Manual

A copy of TM55-1520-240-10 Technical Maintenance Manual for the Boeing Army CH-47D, dated 30 April 1992. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (31.9 Megs)

Monday, December 23, 2019

Piasecki YH-21/H-21A Flight Handbook

A copy of the TM1-1H-21Y-1 Flight Handbook for the Piasecki YH-21/H-21A helicopter, dated 1 May 1956.

Download here or here (27.3 Megs)

Friday, December 20, 2019

North American F-86H Flight Manual

A copy of the North American F-86H Flight Manual, T.O. 1F-86H-1. Dated February 24 1956.

Download here or here or here (20.4 Megs)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

DC-10 Prototype on McAir Ramp

Several photos of the DC-10 prototype aircraft on the McAir ramp. Circa 1971.

Download here or here (51.6 Megs)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Convair B-58 Hustler Photos - Part II

Another collection of Convair B-58 Hustler photos from the archives.

Download here or here (43.9 Megs)

Part I photos are here

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

AV-8B No. 24 - Cockpit Photos

Some photos I took of the 24th AV-8B cockpit while it was on the assembly line.

Download here or here (6.8 Megs)

Monday, December 16, 2019

Douglas A-26 Invader Pilot Training Manual

A copy of the Pilot Training Manual for the Douglas A-26 Invader aircraft. Dated 1945.

“The Air Forces' most experienced training and supervisory personnel have collaborated to make it a complete exposition of what your pilot duties are, how each will be performed, and why it must be performed in the manner prescribed.
The techniques and procedures described in this book are standard and mandatory. In this respect the manual serves the dual purpose of a training checklist and working handbook. Use it to make sure that you learn everything described herein. Use it to study and review the essential facts concerning everything taught. Such additional self-study and review will not only advance your training, but will alleviate the burden of your already overburdened instructors.
This training manual does not replace the Technical Orders for the airplane, which will always be your primary source of information concerning the A-26 so long as you fly it. This is essentially the textbook of the A-26.”

Download here or here (43.4 Megs)

Earlier version here

Friday, December 13, 2019

Douglas C-133 Cargomaster Photos

A number of photos of the Douglas C-133 aircraft. Credit: Geater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and as marked

Download here or here (72.5 Megs)

Additional photos here (Some overlap)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lockheed F-22 Brochure









A copy of the Lockheed company brochure on the F-22 (ATF) aircraft. Dated 1990.

Download here or here or here (7.8 Megs)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Anthony Vidana Apollo Photos









Anthony Vidana, PE sent some photos of his time working on the Apollo Spacecraft. He was a Apollo Spacecraft final test tech and engineer at Downey, CA. Very interesting photos of the capsules and test equipment needed for checkout! (He has promised to send more!) Credit: Anthony Vidana

Download  here or here (7.8 Megs)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My Years at Mac











An interesting look at one man's work life at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation from 1951-1987. Anthony P Anderhub was a loads and flight dynamics lab engineer and kept this diary of his career. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download booklet here or here (97.6 Megs) 
Download Misc Photos here or here (33.9 Megs)




 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Northrop-McDonell Douglas YF-23A Walk Around Photos - Part 1








YF-23A PAV-2, AF serial. no. 87-0801, registration number N232YF, was on exhibit at the Western Museum of Flight until 2004, when it was reclaimed by Northrop Grumman and used as a display model for a YF-23-based bomber. PAV-2 was returned to the Western Museum of Flight and was on display as of 2010 at the museum's new location at Zamperini Field, Torrance, California.photos shot November 14 2003. Credit: Bill Spidle

Download here or here (4.8 Megs)

Friday, December 6, 2019

Curtiss Wright - St. Louis Article










An excellent article by Fred Roos on the Curtiss Wright Company in St. Louis. (For those who do not know, McAir bldg 002 was the old Curtiss Wright building - where I spent a lot of my career!)

Download here or here or here (2.5 Megs)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Douglas F4D-1 Handbook Maintenance Instructions

 







A copy of the AN 01-40FBA-2 Handbook Maintenance Instructions for the Douglas F4D-1 aircraft, dated 1 March 1958.

Download  here or here (44.1 Megs)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Douglas B/RB-66 Familiarization Manual









Douglas company manual, LB-22469, for the familiarization of the B--66 and RB-66 aircraft. Dated 1 May 1956. Credit: Anymouse collection

Download  here or here (101 Megs)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Additional F3H Demon Photos - Part III








Part III of some additional photos of the

 McDonnell F3H Demon. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum


Download here or here  (161.9 Megs)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Additional F3H Demon Photos - Part II









Part II of some additional photos of the

 McDonnell F3H Demon. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here  (89.2 Megs)

Friday, November 29, 2019

Additional F3H Demon Photos - Part I










Part I of some additional photos of the McDonnell F3H Demon. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here (272 Megs)

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Factory Floor Photos–Part XI

 

 







A few photos of the St. Louis McDonnell F3H assembly line. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here (11.1 Megs)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

F3H Demon Color Photos






A number of color photos of the McDonnell F3H demon aircraft. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download  here or here (201 Megs)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Articles on the Black Cats and Catalina Aircraft in Battle


Three articles on A unit history of the Black Cats VPB 52 Patrol Bombing Squadron, the Catalina aircraft and Bombs and Battles (Catalinas in battle). Credit: Naval Aviation News
Download here or here or here (10 Megs)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Google Has Messed Up the Blog Editor

I was locked out of my Blog Editor software  for two days as Google changed something and I couldn't upload any blog posts.

After MANY hours, I have figured out a work around (For now!) 

Stay tuned!


Friday, November 22, 2019

Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program

A nice booklet on the 30 year (1981-2011)anniversary of the Shuttle program. Facts on all of the Shuttle launches and lots of photos! Dated 2011.

Download here or here (55.2 Megs)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

McDonnell KDD-1 Katydid Drone Photos

Photos and drawings of the McDonnell KDD-1 Katydid Drone.

Download here or here (13.5 Megs)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

McDonnell KDD-1 Katydid Walk Around Photos

Walk around photos of the Katydid on display at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

Download here or here (19.2 Megs)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

McDonnell KDD-1 Katydid Drone Factory Photos

A number of factory photos of the McDonnell KDD-1 Katydid Drone.

From Air and Space Museum: “The Katydid was a U.S. Navy pulsejet-powered target drone built by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation between 1946-1947. It could be either air-launched or fired from a AT-1 catapult on land. The Katydid was powered by a McDonnell 7-inch pulsejet of 55 pounds thrust. Its pulsjet was like the one on the famous German V-1 of World War II.

Katydid was usually carried on bomb racks of a PB4Y Catalina aircraft and was parachute-recovered for re-use. The endurance of the drone was about 0.7 hours. Its maximum speed was 175 miles per hour. This Katydid was donated to the Smithsonian in 1966 by the U.S. Navy.”

From Wikipedia: “The Katydid entered service in 1942; testing took place at the Naval Air Missile Test Center in Point Mugu, California. Production models were originally designated TD2D-1, however the Navy changed its designation system in 1946 and the XTD2D-1 and TD2D-1 were redesignated as XKDD-1 and KDD-1, respectively. Later that year, the Navy changed McDonnell's manufacturer code letter from "D" - which had been shared with Douglas Aircraft - to "H", the KDD-1 being again redesignated, as KDH-1.

Dimensions:
Overall: 11 ft. 2 1/4 in. long x 1 ft. 3 in. diameter x 12 ft. 6 in. wing span, 158 lb. (341 x 38.1 x 381cm, 71.7kg); gross weight, operational, 320 lbs

Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here (17.6 Megs)

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Air Force Museum Booklet

A copy of the Air Force Museum Booklet, the sixth edition. Dated 1980. Has the history of flight and backgrounds on all the exhibits.

Download here or here (77.4 Megs)

Friday, November 15, 2019

McDonnell Douglas R.G. Smith Artwork

Forty three watercolor paintings of McDonnell Douglas aircraft and missiles by the great artist R.G. Smith.

Download here or here (27.2 Megs)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Advanced F-18 Super Hornet Proposal

A company proposal on the use and construction of an advanced F-18 Super Hornet. Dated 27 August 2013.

Download here or here or here (5 Megs)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

F3H-2/-2M/2N Demon Flight Handbook

A copy of Navy Flight Manual NAVWEPS 01-245FCB-501, for the McDonnell F3H-2/2M/2N Demon aircraft, dated 15 June 1960. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here or here (21.2 Megs)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Convair B-58 Hustler Escape Capsule Brochure

A copy of the Stanley Aviation Corp Convair B-58 Hustler Escape Capsule Brochure. (A complete copy) Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here or here (18.8 Megs)

Monday, November 11, 2019

XF-85 Goblin Photos–Part II

Some additional high quality factory photos of the McAir XF-85 Goblin aircraft. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download  here or here (205.2 Megs)

XF-85 Photos Part I here

Friday, November 8, 2019

Convair B-36J Flight Manual

A copy of the flight manual, AN 01-5EUJ-1, for the B-36J aircraft. Dated 11 September 1953. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (20.9 Megs)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Photos

Photos from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum; located in Mount Hope, Canada. Many unusual aircraft, both British and American. Museum web site here. Credit: Bill Maloney

Download here or here (111.6 Megs)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

E/A-18G Growler Walk Around

E/A-18G Growler Walk Around Photos. Nice detail shots (77) of a E/A-18G aircraft at the Nellis Air Force Base Air Show of 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

Download here or here (42.8 Megs)

Additional E/F-18G Growler walk around here

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Boeing B-52G Flight Manual

A copy of the Boeing B-52G Stratofortress Flight Manual T.O. 1B-52G-1. Dated 15 March 1982. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (96.2 Megs)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Boeing B-52E/F Flight Manual

  A copy of the Boeing B-52E/F Stratofortress Flight Manual T.O. 1B-52E-1. Dated 30 April 1965. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (80.8 Megs)

Friday, November 1, 2019

XF-3H-1 Demon Pilot’s Handbook

A copy of Pilot’s Handbook, MAC Report #2353, for the McDonnell XF-3H-1 Demon  aircraft, dated 15 November 1951. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (30.8 Megs)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Photos–Part II

A group of 177 photos of the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II aircraft. Credit: As noted

Download here or here (202.8 Megs)

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Photos–Part I here

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Convair B-58A Hustler Flight Performance Data Manual

Convair B-58A Hustler Flight Performance Data Manual Supplement , TO 1B-58A-1-1, dated 13 May 1966. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (92.2 Megs)

B-58A Flight manual here

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Revell Missiles and Rockets Brochure

A nice little brochure put out by Revell Models on missiles and rockets. Rocket history and specs on then current rockets and missiles. Dated 1959.

Download here or here or here (10.6 Megs)

Monday, October 28, 2019

North American AT-6A/B/C/D and SNJ-3/4/5 Erection and Maintenance Manual

A copy of the North American AT-6A/B/C/D and SNJ-3/4/5 and Harvard IIA and III Erection and Maintenance Manual.

Download here or here or here (25.2 Megs)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Maircraft Douglas DC-3 Drawing (Better Drawing)

A great Douglas DC-3 drawing. John Ellis has sent a much better copy of this drawing. Thanks, John!

Download here or here

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Maircraft Douglas DC-3 Drawing

A poor copy of a great Douglas DC-3 drawing. (Anyone have a good one?) See above for better copy.

Download here or here

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Misc McAir Flight Test F-15 Eagle Photos

Some additional McAir flight test F-15 photos I ran across. Credit: R. Burgess and T. Brewer

Download here or here (45.1 Megs)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

MPC Vostok Rocket Brochure

A nice little brochure from the Model Products (MPC) plastic model people on the Vostok rocket. A lot of good info!

Download here or here or here (1.4 Megs)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Museum of Flight Photos

A group of photos (212) of the Museum Of Flight in Seattle. WA. Credit: Farposst

Download here 0r here (186.5 Megs)

Many more photos here

Friday, October 18, 2019

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle Walk Around

Twenty photos of an F-15A undergoing restoration at the Air Heritage Museum in Beaver Falls, PA. This aircraft AF 76-012 was a member of the 36th Fighter Wing stationed at Bitburg, Germany in the late 70’s early 80’s and flew in Desert Storm. Credit: Bill Maloney

Download here or here

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Northrop A-9A Walk Around Photos #3

Twenty eight nice walk around photos of the A-9A on display at March Field Air Museum, March Air Reserve Base, California. Credit: Howard Mason

Download here or here (20.8 Megs)

Additional photos here, here and here

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

F-101/CF-101 Voodoo Photos

A number of photos (114) of the McDonnell F-101/CF-101 Voodoo aircraft. Credit: R. Burgess and as marked

Download here or here (62.7 Megs)

BTW: I have a collection of these photos and 20 more (131) in a 600 Meg ZIP file (Very high DPI files). Email if you want and can download such a large file.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Aerojet-General 15KS-1000-A1 Aircraft Rocket Engine Operation and Service Instructions

 

This manual contains instructions for operation, service, inspection, storage, handling, and shipment of the 15KS—l0O0-Al aircraft rocket engine manufactured by the Aerojet-General Corporation, Sacramento, California, U.S.A., in accordance with the manufacturer's specification and Federal Aviation Agency Engine Type Certificate
No. 249 and Aircraft Rocket Engine Specification No. E-249. This is a smokeless Aerojet 15-KS-1000 Jet-Assisted-Take-Off (JATO) unit used to boost military and commercial aircraft. The motor produced 1,000 pounds of thrust for 15 seconds. Multiple units were used to lift bombers during the Korean War, also B-47’s and C-130’s. Approximately 256,000 of these motors were produced. Credit: Mark Nankivil

Download here or here or here (10.7 Meg)

Monday, October 14, 2019

Piper Aviation Museum Photos

A number of photos (213) of the Piper Aviation Museum in Lock Haven, PA. Includes the Piper PA-48 Enforcer. Credit: Bill Maloney

Download here or here (84.6 Megs)

Friday, October 11, 2019

National Air Force Museum of Canada Photos

  Photos from the National Air Force Museum of Canada at Quinte West, Ontario K8V 5P8, Canada. Photos include CF-101,F-86, CF-100 and Hawker Hurricane, among many others. Web site is here.

Download here or here (110 Megs)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bell X-5 Research Airplane Report

  A case history of the Bell X-5 Research Airplane. Report by Warren E. Greene. Prepared by the Historical Division Office of Information Service,
Wright Air Development Center Air Research and Development Command.
Dated March l954.

Download here or here (42.2 Megs)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

F-15E Strike Eagle Walk Around

  A set of F-15E Strike Eagle Walk Around Photos. Taken at Nellis Air Force Base Air Show 2016, Las Vegas, NV. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

Download here or here (60.2 Megs)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

German WW II Color Photos - Part II

  Another group of hard to find German WW II Color Photos. Taken from private collections. (Note: I have info on most of the photos; so, if you must have that info on a specific photo, e-mail me.)

Download here or here (104.2 Megs)

Part I here

Monday, October 7, 2019

More F3H Demons Being Towed to Barges

  I found Some more photos of F3H-1N aircraft being towed to and placed on river barges. The barges took the aircraft to the NAS Memphis base. Dated December 28 1955. Credit: D. Ostroswki

Download here or here (19 Megs)

Other posts on this subject here and here and here and here

Friday, October 4, 2019

McDonnell Winged Gemini Report

  A copy of McDonnell Aircraft report E045, dated 10 September 1965 on the Winged Gemini proposal. Credit: Mike Eastman, cleaned up PDF by Aviation Archives

“Another Gemini alternative landing concept was the US Air Force's proposal to attach wings to the spacecraft. This proposal arose soon after the cancellation of the X-20 Dyna-Soar, and would have seen a Gemini spacecraft attached to a set of wings developed during the ASSET program. This would have been launched by a Titan II rocket, and would have been unable to maneuver in orbit. Another proposal saw the spacecraft being launched by a Titan IIIA or IIIC, using the Transtage for maneuvering. Once the mission was complete, the spacecraft would have been deorbited by means of five solid rocket motors.” Wikipedia

Download here or here or here (3.2 Megs)

More info here and here

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Douglas X-3 Siletto Article

A nice article on the Douglas X-3 Siletto. From AIRMAG #26, June/July 2005. Article is in French; but, it has a lot of info, drawings and photos.

Download here or here or here (2.1 Megs)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

German WW II Color Photos–Part I

  Seldom seen German WW II Luftwaffe color photos (84 photos). Taken from private collections. (Note: I have info on most of the photos; so, if you must have that info on a specific photo, e-mail me.)

Download here or here (152.8 Megs)

Other WW II color photos here

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

McDonnell Aircraft Achievements Brochure

A copy of the 1952 McDonnell Aircraft Achievements Brochure. It lists a brief history by year of the companies products.

Download here or here or here (1.8 Megs)

Monday, September 30, 2019

Note on Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender Info

  If you want more info or just really like the XP-55 (Like me), you MUST get Gerald Balzer’s book on the subject. It’s 73 pages has all the background and photos that you would ever want! Much recommended! It is part of the wonderful Steve Ginter Publications series of books.

Available here or at any bookseller.

Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender Videos

  Several YouTube videos of the Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender aircraft.

Download here or here (39.8 Megs)

Friday, September 27, 2019

F-4 History and Profile Article

  A copy of an article from the September 1982 issue of Aerei Modellismo magazine. While primarily a modeling article in Italian, it has a lot of drawings and color and marking schemes!

Download here or here or here (8.4 Megs)

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