Monday, July 22, 2024

Curtiss HS-1L Seaplane Handbook

A copy of the Curtiss HS-1L Seaplane Handbook. Dated July 1918. Credit: Museum of Flight

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Friday, July 19, 2024

Avro Lincoln I & II Flight Manual

A copy of the Avro Lincoln I & II Flight Manual (AP 2847A&B v1)Dated December 1945.

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

The F-4 Phantom's F3H Demon Roots

A copy of The F-4 Phantom's F3H Demon Roots article.Dated December 2017. Credit: avgeekery

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Douglas F6D Missileer and Bendix AAM-N-10 Eagle Missile

The story of the Douglas F6D Missileer and Bendix AAM-N-10 Eagle Missile. Credit: Tails thru Time

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Grumman F9F Panther Photos and Info

A number (117) photos of the Grumman F9F Panther.

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Messerschmitt Bf-109K-4 Cockpit Details

An interesting find that gives details of the Messerschmitt Bf-109K-4 Cockpit! Dated November 1944. Written in German; but, nice illustrations.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Avro Lancaster I & III Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Pilot’s notes (A.P. 2062A&C) Vol 1 & 2 for the Avro Lancaster I & III aircraft. Dated April 1943. Credit: WW2Aircraft.net

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Grumman F9F Panther Blue Angel Photos

A number of photos of the Grumman F9F Panther in Blue Angels markings.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Souvenir of America's First Space Flight (Reblog)

The card present an "X" shaped piece of metal, with a residual coating of the launch gantry's red paint, attached alongside a photo of Juno I on the pad and a description of the history behind the small fragment. The title "Souvenir of America's First Satellite" stretches along the top of the cards. "The material that is on there is from a mesh screen that used to cover and surround the elevator that was used to go up and down the gantry.” Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

AeroJet-General 25 Year Anniversary Edition

A copy of the AeroJet-General 25 Year Anniversary Edition brochure. Dated March 1967. Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Douglas A-4 Articles from Naval Aviation News

A copy of two atticles about the Douglas A-4 aircraft from Naval Aviation News. Issue March 1968.

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Convair F-106A and F-106B Powerplant Tech Maintenance

A copy of the Convair F-106A and F-106B Powerplant Technical Maintenance manual. (T.O.1F-106A-2-4) Dated 1 December 1962.

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Martin P6M Seamaster Photos

A great group (34) of factory photos of the Martin P6M Seamaster aircraft.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Boeing B-29 Cabin Supercharger and Heating System

A copy of the Boeing Company’s B-29 Superfortress Cabin Supercharger and Heating System section from the B-29 Familiarization and Maintenance Manual, USAAF 1944.

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Additional Supercharger info here

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Lockheed P-38 Photos

   Twelve really good photos of the Lockheed P-38. Enjoy!

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Monday, July 1, 2024

North American P-51H Flight Handbook

A copy of the North American Company’s  XP-51H Flight Handbook. (AN 01-1F-51H-1).Dated February 25 1954,

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Friday, June 28, 2024

North American XP-51J Pilot’s Handbook (Reblog)

A copy of the North American Company’s prelim XP-51J Pilot’s Handbook. (Report NA 8057).Dated February 20 1945,

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

North American A-36A-1-NA Pilot’s Operating Instructions

A copy of the North American A-36A-1-NA Pilot’s Operating Instructions. (TO 01-60HB-1).Dated July 10 1943.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

F-4 Phantom II Development (Reblog)

Scan1714a  One of the best side view/development illustrations on the F-4 from F4H-1 to F-4K/M that I have seen. Credit: Squadron/Signal book PHANTOM II A Pictorial History of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, byLou Drendel Lou Drendal.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

F-15 Conformal Fuel Tanks Prototype Photos (Reblog)

These are development photos of the F-15 Conformal Fuel Tanks while being built in Bldg. 002.

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Monday, June 24, 2024

F-18 Photo Recon Prototype (Reblog)

Here are three photos of the F-18 photo recon prototype installation on Hornet One.

The last photo is a production installation. This part of the Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS) requirement.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

McDonnell Aircraft Flight Ramp Photos Reblog)

Eighty five McDonnell Aircraft Flight Ramp Photos. A lot of hardly ever seen photos.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Forty Years of F-15 Air Supremacy (Reblog)

In 2012, Jack Abercrombie wrote several articles and a slide show to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the F-15’s first flight. They detail the challenges of bringing along a new aircraft and the changes that were required to the airframe to enable it to be the world class fighter that it became.

This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the F-15 Eagle and it’s history from the man that was there! Jack was an Aerodynamics Project Engineer from 1971 to 1978. Credit: Jack Abercrombie

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Origal post (More info) here

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Additional QF-86 Aircraft and Ramp Photos(Reblog)

Additional QF-86 Aircraft and Ramp Photos from my summer 1981 visit to Flight Systems in Mojave, California.

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Original article is here

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Unpainted F-15’s and F-18’s (Reblog)

Even after coming out of the paint booth (Bldg 48), McDonnell aircraft still had a lot of finish work to be completed before they could be delivered. We were issued and required to wear “booties” when ever we had to climb around on the aircraft; but, still the new paint jobs were scuffed, marked and scraped resulting in an inevitable paint cleaning and touch-up cycle having to be preformed! . After many years of complaining (Including yours truly), it was decided to finish the aircraft, flight test and then paint them. This resulted in unpainted aircraft flying around. A very strange sight to us long time employees conditioned to seeing painted flying aircraft; but, one can clearly see the different aluminum, composite or fiberglass sections of each aircraft. These planes have their own beauty!

Here is a selection of photos of these “naked” aircraft.

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Note: I had to RAR this file to compress it. Read here if you have trouble unarchiving it.

Monday, June 17, 2024

McDonnell F4H-1F Phantom II #6 (BuNo 143391)(ReBlog)

F-4H-1 No 6 d F4H-1 #6 (BuNo 143391) during the carrier suitability trials prelims at the Naval Air Test Center (NATC) at Pax River in 1961. I believe that this is a complete sequence of photos. I have also included a color sideview of the aircraft at NATC and a color photo of it on the USS Independence (W/O nose boom).

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Friday, June 14, 2024

F-4 Phantom II Photos (Relog)

A number of photos (59) mostly by Fred Roos of the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Superb photography is a hallmark of Fred’s work! Credit: Fred Roos Collection

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

F-15 Rollout Photos (Relog)

Official company Photos of the F-15 rollout and debut in June of 1972.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

MDC Aircraft Colors Booklet(Reblog)

  In 1980 the International Plastic Modeler Society (IPMS) held their regional convention in St. Louis. It was known as Multicon '80. Three of us who worked at McDonnell Douglas and were IPMS St. Louis members decided that we should have a booklet as a free giveaway for the MultiCon. We titled it "McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Colors" with many three view drawings and paint schemes of F – 18, AV-8B, F-15 and F4 aircraft complete with paint chips.

Obtaining accurate color information is one of the most vexing problems facing an aviation historian or a modeler. This booklet attempts to solve this problem for the McDonnell Douglas aircraft. The paint chips in this book were painted at the same time as the aircraft and are, therefore, as accurate as can be provided. The camouflage patterns shown this book were taken from official MDC drawings. All color chips were provided by the McDonnell aircraft company paint shop.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

McDonnell Aircraft 40th Year Booklet (Reblog)

In 1979 McAir Product Support released a booklet to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the company. It included past and present products.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

F-4 Phantom Photos (Reblog)

One hundred and twenty eight photos of F-4 Phantom II aircraft. All types and Air Forces show.

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Friday, June 7, 2024

The Phantom Flyer Booklet (Reblog)

Scan0001 In the late 1970’s, Bob Pukala and I started the McDonnell Scale Modeler’s Club at McAir. We published this booklet in 1980 as a general info handout listing the fighter aircraft up to that time. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

McDonnell F-3D(F3H-1) Stations and Drawings

Copies of two F-3D(F3H-1) Demon drawings of the station and aircraft breakdown. Nice drawings! Credit: The Collection of Andro Tsiklauri

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

McDonnell Aircraft Markings and 3-View Drawings

A set of nice drawings and markings for McDonnell aircraft.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Lockheed CL-379 VTOL-STOL Brochure

A copy of the Lockheed company produced brochure on their proposed Lockheed CL-379 VTOL-STOL aircraft. Dated 1958. Credit: William H. Kuhlman, Jr.

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Douglas Cloudster II Brochure

A copy of the Douglas Aircraft Co. produced brochure on their proposed Douglas Cloudster II aircraft. Dated 1947. Credit: William H. Kuhlman, Jr.

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For a Good Douglas Cloudster II article. Go here

Monday, May 27, 2024

Notice!

Today is Memorial day in America and is my 57TH wedding anniversary; so, my wife and I are taking a few days off.

Postings will resume next Mon, the 3rd of June.

Ron

Friday, May 24, 2024

North American F-51D-5/British Mustang IV Flight Manual

A copy of the Flight Manual, AN 01-60JE-1, for the F-51D-5/British Mustang IV aircraft, dated 5 April 1944.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire F.IX Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire F.IX Pilot’s Notes with Merlin 61/63/66/70 engines. Dated Augustr 1943.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Consolidated PB4Y-1 Pilot’s Guide

A copy of the Consolidated PB4Y-1 Pilot’s Guide. Dated 194?. Credit: Museum of Flight

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire IX/XI/XVI Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire IX/XI/XVI with Merlin 61/63/70/266 engines Pilot’s Notes. Dated September 1946.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire IIA/B Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire IIA/B with Merlin XII engine Pilot’s Notes. Dated July 1940.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire F.XII Pilot’s Notes

A very poor copy of the Supermarine Spitfire F.XII with Griffin engine Pilot’s Notes, AP 1565G & H. Dated November 1943.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire F.VII and F.VIII Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire F.VII and F.VIII Pilot’s Notes, AP 1565G & H. Dated December 1943.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Supermarine Seafire 45 & 46 Pilot's Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Seafire 45 & 46 Pilot's Notes, AP 2280F. Dated April 1948.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire 18 Pilot's Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire 18 Pilot’s Notes, AP 1565Y. Dated January 1950.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire 21 Pilot's Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire 21 Pilot’s Notes, AP 2816A. Dated December 1948.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire VA/VB/VC and Seafire IB/IC/III Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire VA/VB/VC and Seafire IB/IC/III Pilot’s Notes, AP 1565B and 2280 A/B/C.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Supermarine Seafire I/II/III Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Seafire I/II/III Pilot’s Notes, AP 2280A B & C. Dated June 1944.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire 21 Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire 21 Griffon Engine Pilot’s Notes, AP 2816A. Dated December 1948.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Supermarine Spitfire XIV/XIX Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Supermarine Spitfire XIV & XIX Pilot’s Notes, AP 1565T&W. Dated June 1945.

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