Thursday, April 9, 2020

Bell 207 Sioux Scout Photos

Bell 207 Sioux Scout-0 A few photos of the Bell 207 Sioux Scout prototype helicopter of 1963.

From Wikipedia:The Bell 207 Sioux Scout was a modified Bell 47 helicopter, developed by Bell Helicopter under contract from the United States Army, as a proof-of-concept demonstrator for the Bell D-255 helicopter gunship design, featuring a tandem cockpit, stub wings, and a chin-mounted gun turret.”

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Additional McDonnell Aircraft Model 119 Photos

9a McDonnell Model 119 N119M on McAir Ramp A collection of (107) McAir Model 119 photos that I have collected over the years. Some old and some new. Presented as a ZIP file for downloading. Note: This is a large file to download (180 Megs) Credit: Internet and as marked.

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Additional blog posts here

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

F-4 Model Guide

F-4 Model Guide_01 Another nice detailed guide of F-4 aircraft types. Lots of details. Credit: Joe Baugher                

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Monday, April 6, 2020

F-4 Phantom Guide for the Masses

F-4 Phantom Guide for the Masses_01 A good listing of all the F-4 types. Note: I have NOT validated all this info. But, it is a great start! Corrections and additions are here. Credit: Jay Chladek

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Aircraft Year Book for 1953

THE-1953-AIRCRAFT-YEAR-BOOK_01 A complete review of the events and developments in military and civil aviation in the nation along with a complete directory of aircraft, executives, statistics, chronology and agencies in United States aviation.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Military Aircraft Recognition Manual

Military Aircraft Recognition Manual 1953_01 Military aircraft recognition pictorial manual. Silhouettes and photographs of US & UK and German, Japanese & Italian aircraft are included.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep

American Helicopter Co. XH-26 Jet Jeep 5 A number of photos of the American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep.

From Wikipedia: “The American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep (known as the XA-8 by its manufacturer) was an experimental tip jet helicopter developed in 1951 by the American Helicopter Company to meet a United States Army and Air Force (USAF) request for a collapsible and air-droppable observation helicopter.”

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Good close-up photos here

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Aircraft Recognition Pictorial Manual

Aircraft_Recognition_Manual_01 A copy of the War Department (FM 30-30) and Navy Department’s (Buaer 3). Aircraft Recognition Pictorial Manual. Dated June 1943.

This manual on aircraft recognition is primarily designed for self-instruction and general use but will also serve as a text in recognition courses. It includes four types of material: black and white silhouettes; wash drawings; photographs; and editorial matter. The material in this manual has been assembled and edited jointly by Army and Navy aviation training divisions.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Continental Airlines-The First Fifty Years

Continental Airlines 50 Years_01 A history of Continental Airlines from 1934 to 1984.

Great history of an american airline.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

McDonnell Space Shuttle Concepts

29155430_2_x NTF_STS_wind_tunnel_modelSeveral McDonnell Douglas Space Shuttle concepts. Over the years, the concepts changed greatly. I Wind Tunnel tested the concept on the right above.

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Additional info here and here

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Model 119A USAF Flight Evaluation Report

Model 119A Flight USAF Eval_01 A better partial copy of the USAF Flight Evaluation Report for the McDonnell Model 119A. Report #AFFTC-TR-59-25, dated September 1959.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

NACA XF-85 Wind Tunnel Research Memorandum

NACA XF-85 Wind Tunnel Research Memorandum_01 Untitled 2Untitled 1A copy of the McDonnell XF-85 NACA Langley Wind Tunnel research memorandum involving 1/10th stability and control Goblin scale model. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Navy F-4G Aircraft Photos

150642 112 F-4G-14-MC VF-213 camouflaged Vietnam 1966F-4GPhantomIIaircraftofVF-213ontheUSSKittyHawkCV-63waitingtolaunchfromthecatapultintheSouthChinaSeaoffVietnam Twelve F-4Bs were modified as F-4Gs (a Navy designation, not to be confused with the USAF F-4G, which was a Wild Weasel aircraft). The Navy F-4G was a version modified for the evaluation of the feasibility of automatic carrier landing operations. They were fitted with the AN/ASW-21 two-way data link communication system and approach power compensator. The first F-4G flew on March 20, 1963, and these twelve aircraft were flown by VF-213 from the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). They operated in the Gulf of Tonkin from November 1965 until June of 1966. One was lost to North Vietnamese AAA, but the others were later brought back to F-4B standards. By 1975, the last F-4Bs were out of Navy service. Most of them were replaced by later-model Phantoms (primarily F-4J and F-4S) and were consigned to storage. However, conversions to F-4N managed to extend the effective life of some F-4B airframes well into the 1980s. The early Navy F-4G’s had an all over green camo paint scheme with white radomes!

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Aerospace Museum of California Photos

P1030370 Mark Nankivil, president of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, sent 110 photos taken by himself at the the Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan, CA. Dated May 6, 2017.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Boeing X-32B JSF Walk Around Photos

pax_x-32_04 Walk around photos of the Boeing X-32B JSF prototype. This X-32B is on display at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Credit: Michael Benolkin

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

More McDonnell LBD-1 Gargoyle Photos

e-3212-lbd-1-starboard-view_48739947073_o Some more factory photos of the McDonnell LBD-1 Gargoyle. Credit: Bill Spidle

“The LBD-1 Gargoyle (later KSD-1, KUD-1 and RTV-N-2) was an American air-to-surface missile developed during World War II by McDonnell Aircraft for the United States Navy. One of the precursors of modern anti-ship missiles, it was extensively used as a test vehicle during the late 1940s.” (Wikipedia)

Other blog posts here

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Aircraft on Trailers

Trailer-05 A number of photos showing how damaged aircraft are moved. Unusual to see this process!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A-12 Avenger II Mockup Transfer Photos

a-12-avenger-ii-mockup-arrival-022_9294762381_o The McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II on the truck during its ride from its former home at the old General Dynamics plant at the former Carswell Air Force Base, now known as Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. General Dynamics donated the Avenger II mockup to the City of Fort Worth, which has placed the airframe on permanent loan to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum. The mockup was moved in June 2013. Credit: Bill Spidle

Youtube video here

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Fisher P-75 Eagle Photos

Fisher P-75-11 A number of photos and 3-views (77) of the interesting Fisher P-75 Eagle aircraft. Credit: Some photos by Jean Aker

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Boeing Supersonic Transport (SST) Articles and Info












Several articles and other info on the Boeing SST (Supersonic Transport)
proposal and mock-up.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

2000 Posts Milestone












Today I have achieved 2000 posts in this blog after seven years blogging! A large milestone for me! Thanks to all the viewers for their encouragement over the years.

F-15E Strike Eagle Walk Around Photos







F-15E Strike Eagle Walk Around
Photos. Dated 2009. Credit: Michael Benolkin

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Douglas AD-4N Skyraider Walk Around








Walk around photos of the Douglas AD-4N Skyraider in French markings. Photos were taken of a  Douglas AD-4N Skyraider in EC (Escadre de Chasse = fighter squadron) 1/20 Aures-Nementcha markings (July 1960 - Sept 1963), French air force. Pictures taken at BAN LanvĂ©oc-Poulmic on 06/19/05. Credit: P. Salaun

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Grumman F6F-3/5 Flight Manual












A copy of the Grumman F6F-3/3N/5/5N Flight Manual. Dated 1946.


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Monday, March 9, 2020

Buran Space Shuttle Photos

                                                            





A number of photos of the Russian Buran Space Shuttle.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

F-15 Project Development History

A first hand account and summary of the F-15 program and Flight Test Program at Edwards Air Force Base. Credit: Jack Abercrombie and Mike De Garcia

A note from Jack Abercrombie: Ron--The F-15 Development Summary recently posted is an early version which contains a typographical error which I later corrected.  The "First Achievement of Mach 2.5..." shows a date of 23 August 1973.  The date should be 13 August.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

F-4 Official USAF Color Information

From USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4.
Standard System color numbers refer to the Federal Standard system 595 with 5 digit numbered colors. Deviations on real aircraft may occur. Credit: International Plastic Modellers' Society Netherland

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II Walk Arounds

Two McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II Walk Arounds. Some nice detail shots of a F-4C #MC-23-64-0776 at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio and legendary ace Robin Olds F-4C # 64-0829 (Scat XXVII) at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington. Credit: Michael Benolkin

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider Walk Around

Douglas AD4NA Skyraider Walk Around series. Photos were taken at The Imperial War Museum at Duxford In Cambridgeshire, England. Credit: Andrew J. Worstencroft

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Monday, March 2, 2020

USAF Thunderbirds Support Manual

A copy of the USAF Thunderbirds Support Manual. Dated 2018.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Beechcraft Starship 2000 Pilot’s Operating Manual

A copy of the Beechcraft Starship 2000 Company Pilot’s Operating Manual. Dated October1996. Credit: Steve Lasday Collection

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Beechcraft Starship 2000A Brochure

A copy of the Beechcraft Starship 2000A Company Brochure. Dated circa 1985. Credit: Steve Lasday Collection

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

North American F-51D Mustang Flight Handbook

A copy of T.O. 1F-F51D-1 Flight Handbook for the North American F-51D Mustang aircraft, dated 1952. Credit Epdf.pub

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Republic P-47N Thunderbolt Pilot Training Manual (Better Copy)

   A copy of Pilot’s Training Manual #AAF 51-127-4, for the Republic P-47N Thunderbolt aircraft, dated 1945. (This is a much better copy and smaller)

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Boeing B-29 Erection and Maintenance Manual

A copy of the Boeing B-29 Erection and Maintenance Manual, dated 20 August 1944.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

F-101 Voodoo Pitch Control System

McAir report No. 5790 on the F-101 Voodoo Pitch Control System of this aircraft. Note: This is a late 1950’s brochure and contains sexism in it’s illustrations! But, a LOT of great info! Credit: Mark Nankivil

As one of the MAC “Old Timers” said of this brochure: “I agree that nowadays the drawings would be a no-no. Actually, by about 1961, they would have been forbidden. That's the period when sexism was outlawed at MAC--no touching, no bad jokes, and one could not even address a group of females as, "you gals." “

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Foreign F-4 Phantom II Article

Another article by Fred Roos from the MDC model club’s Phantom Flyer magazine. This article on foreign Phantoms.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

F-4 Phantom II Paint and Color Schemes

An article from MDC model club’s Phantom Flyer by Bob Pukala on F-4 Phantom II Paint and Color Schemes.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

F-4 Phantom II Photo Feature–Part II

Part II of the F-4 Phantom II Photo Feature on Navy and Marine Group Commander aircraft, from MDC model club’s Phantom Flyer. Bob Pukala wrote the article.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

F-4 Phantom II Photo Feature–Part I

Part I of the F-4 Phantom II Photo Feature on Navy Squadron and Group Commander aircraft, from MDC model club’s Phantom Flyer. Bob Pukala wrote the article.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

McDonnell F3H-2 Demon Walk Around Photos

Some nice detail shots of the McDonnell F3H-2 Demon . This aircraft is on display at Pima Air and Space Museum. Credit: Michael Benolkin

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grumman TBM-3 Avenger Pilot’s Handbook

A copy of the Navy Pilot’s Handbook AN 01-190EB-1 for the Grumman TBM-3 Avenger aircraft, dated 1 November 1945.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Martin JRM-1 Mars Pilot’s Handbook

A copy of Navy Pilot’s Handbook #AN 01-35CA-1, for the Martin JRM-1 Mars aircraft, dated 15 November 1947.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Northrop YF-17 Cobra Walk Around Photos

Some close-up walk around photos of the second Northrop YF-17 Cobra  aircraft with serial s/n 72-1569. It is on display at the Western Museum of Flight at Torrance, CA. Credit: Michael Benolkin

From Wikipedia: “The Northrop YF-17 (nicknamed "Cobra") was a prototype lightweight fighter aircraft designed by Northrop aviation for the United States Air Force's Lightweight Fighter (LWF) technology evaluation program. The LWF was initiated because many in the fighter community believed that aircraft like the F-15 Eagle were too large and expensive for many combat roles. The YF-17 was the culmination of a long line of Northrop designs, beginning with the N-102 Fang in 1956, continuing through the F-5 family.”

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Monday, February 10, 2020

General Dynamics EF-111A Raven Flight Manual

An copy of the T.O. 1F-111(E)A-1 Flight Manual for the General Dynamics EF-111A Raven aircraft, this one is dated 18 October 1985. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Winds of Change - Langley Research Centers Accomplishments

This commemorative volume highlights in pictures and text seventy five years of accomplishments of the Langley Research Center (1917-1992). This introductory matter features wind tunnels and their contribution to the development of aeronautics.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

High Speed Civil Transport Study

A copy of the Boeing study done for NASA on the High Speed Civil Transport. NASA Contractor Report No. 4233. Dated 1989.

From Wikipedia: “The High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT), a supersonic airliner, was the focus of the High-Speed Research (HSR) Program, a NASA program to develop the technology needed to design and build a supersonic transport that would be environmentally acceptable and economically feasible. The aircraft was to be a future supersonic passenger aircraft, baselined to cruise at Mach 2.4, or more than twice the speed of sound. The project started in 1990 and ended during 1999. The goal was to employ up-to-date technologies.”

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Boeing High Speed Civil Transport Program Review

  A copy of the Boeing proposal for the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) Program. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Additional HSCT info here

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

McDonnell Douglas High Speed Civil Transport

Photos and info on the McDonnell Douglas High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) proposal. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

From Wikipedia: “The High Speed Civil Transport, a supersonic airliner, was the focus of the High-Speed Research Program, a NASA program to develop the technology needed to design and build a supersonic transport that would be environmentally acceptable and economically feasible.”

Download photos and specs here

Download HSCT overview here or here or here (0.8 Meg)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Douglas C-74 Globemaster Photos–Part II

A few more photos of the Douglas C-74 Globemaster. The original Globemaster aircraft. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Additional C-74 part I photos and info here

Friday, January 31, 2020

Northrop A-9 Technical Proposal

A copy of the Northrop A-9 Technical Proposal. Dated 10 October 1972. Lot’s of good A-9 info here!

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Northrop A-9 Source Selection Report

A copy of the Northrop A-9 Source Selection Competition Report, NB 72-325. Dated 20 December 1972.

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Additional A-9 data here

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Apollo 13 Review Board Report Appendix A

A copy of the Appendix A of the Apollo 13 Review Board Report, Flight Systems and Operations. Dated 1970. Credit: Cliff Steenhoff

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Original Apollo 13 Review Board Report here

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Douglas C-124C Globemaster II Walk Around

A number of walk around photos of the Douglas C-124C (52-1004) aircraft. Taken at the Pima Air and Space Museum. Credit: Fotios Rouch

The C-124C version introduced more powerful engines, weather radar and better de-icing equipment.  These changes were later refitted to earlier aircraft.  A total of 447 Globemaster IIs were built.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

XF-88 Review Article

A poor Xerox copy of an article about the XF-88 Voodoo predecessor. From a Douglas Service Publication. Dated July/August 1975.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

DC-10 Stickers

A selection of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 company issued stickers.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Northrop XB-35 Pilot’s Manual

A copy of the company supplied Northrop XB-35 Pilot’s Manual. Report HB-18.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

D’orcy’s Airship Manual

A copy of D'Orcy's Airship Manual; an international register of airships with a compendium of the airship's elementary mechanics. by Orcy, Ladislas d' Publication dated 1917. If you love airships..

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Expanding the Envelope–NASA Flight Research

From Amazon: “Expanding the Envelope is the first book to explore the full panorama of flight research history, from the earliest attempts by such nineteenth century practitioners as England's Sir George Cayley, who tested his kites and gliders by subjecting them to experimental flight, to the cutting-edge aeronautical research conducted by the NACA and NASA.” Written by Michael H. Gorn and dated 2001.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Consolidated B-24 Flight Manual

A copy of the company generated Consolidated B-24 Liberator Flight Manual.  Dated 15 September 1942.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Apollo 13 Review Board Report

A copy of the Apollo 13 Review Board Report. Dated 15 June 1970. Credit: Cliff Steenhoff

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Convair F-106A/B Maintenance Manual for Ground Hamdling and Servicing

A copy of the T.O. 1F-106A-2-2 TECHNICAL MANUAL
MAINTENANCE GROUND HANDLING, SERVICING AND AIRFRAMIE GROUP
MAINTENANCE manual. Dated 31 August 1960.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Convair F-106A/B Structural Repairs Manual

A copy of the T.O. 1F-106A-3 Convair F-106A/B Structural Repairs Manual. Dated 16 August 1982.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Convair F-106A/B General Maintance Technical Manual

A copy of the T.O. 1F-106A-2-1 for the Convair F-106A/B aircraft. Dated 15 November 1961. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Monday, January 13, 2020

F2H2/2B/2N/2P Illustrated Parts Breakdown

A copy of the Illustrated Parts Breakdown manual for the McAir F2H2/2B/2N/2P Banshee aircraft. AN01-245FBB-4, dated 1 August 1955.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Convair F-106A/B Pilot’s Flight Crew Checklist

A copy  of the T.O. 1F-106A-1CL-1 Flight Crew Checklist for the Convair F-106A/B aircraft, dated 39 October 1978.

 

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Convair F-106 AWCIS Condensed Maintenance Guide

 

A copy of the Convair F-106 AWCIS Condensed Maintenance Guide, T.O. 1F-106A-2-27-1. Credit: Anymouse collection

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holloman Air Force Base in 1958/9

Several photos of Holloman Air Force Base in early 1958 and July 1959 showing the facility and inside several hangers. These are McAir company photos taken during the GAM-72 Quail testing. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Convair F-106A Illustrated Parts Breakdown Manual

A copy of the Convair F-106A Illustrated Parts Breakdown Manual. Dated 1 January 1988. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Lockheed CL-423 P2V-7 Troop Transport

Another great article from “Fatz”. This time on the proposed Lockheed CL-423 P2V-7 troop transport conversion.

The McDonnall Douglas Scale Model Club magazine called Crazed Plastic published several articles by an author named “Fatz”. These articles were on projected Lockheed aircraft that didn’t make the cut. Fatz was a former Lockheed employee who did similar articles for other International Plastic Model Society (IPMS) publications such as “Flying Tiger” and “Dirty Plastic” and West Michigan.

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Additional articles by “Fatz” here

Friday, January 3, 2020

North American YAT-28 Articles and Photos

A couple of articles and photos of the North American YAT-28 prototype aircraft.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

North American YAT-28E Flight Manual

A copy of the North American YAT-28E Flight Manual, report No. NA65H-1056. For model YAT-285 Prototype 3. AF 51-3788 (0-13788). Credit: T-28 Trojan Foundation

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park Photos

Photos of a tour of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. The museum is located in Buffalo, NY.

Has an F-101B, P-39, FJ-4B Fury Jet and several missiles. Credit: Bill Maloney

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