Thursday, August 22, 2013

McDonnell Model 156

MAC Model 156_1 MAC Model 156_2 MAC Model 156_3 In 1971 and 1972, I worked as a Polysonic Wind Tunnel (PSWT) test conductor for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. In the small front lobby outside the tunnel control room was a display model of the McDonnell 156. Other than these pictures, which I took, I can find no other info. It appears to me as a proposed entry into the 1960’s Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX) requirements ultimately resulting in the F-111. Anyone have any further info?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Article

 Scan-130820-0001a (Large) An interesting article on MAC history and progress “Twenty Years Between Phantoms”. Author and publication unknown.

Download the Twenty Years Between Phantoms article in a PDF here

McDonnell Aircraft Corp Achievement Brochures

Achev 1953 01 (Large) Achev 1956 01 (Large) During the 1950’s MAC published yearly achievement brochures similar to the stockholders brochures issued today. Here are two of them for 1953 and 1956.

Download the 1953 achievement brochure in a PDF here

Download the 1956 achievement brochure in a PDF here

Friday, August 16, 2013

McDonnell Aircraft Prints

Print 01 (Large) 

Various aircraft prints from early to mid 1960’s.

McDonnell Aircraft Memorabilia

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Early 1960’s F-4 Phantom II ashtray.

MDC Misc 001

Mid 1990’s aircraft coasters.

MDC Misc 005 MDC Misc 004

F-4 Phantom II 25th 1983 anniversary mug

Friday, August 9, 2013

GAM-72 Quail Poster

GAM-72 Poster

Early McDonnell Aircraft GAM-72 poster.

More QF-86 Photos

NOLO Drone_e NOLO (No live operator on board) photo of 23160 in flight.

Vega Control Van Vega control van. Notice QF-86 in background.

Vega Drone Van 1 Additional view of control van.

Micky Mouse Photo of “Mickey Mouse” a/c  No. 23215

All photos from U. S. Army

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

QF-86E Army Target Drones

QF-86_1a QF-86E Army Sabres by Ron Downey

In the summer of 1981, I took a tour of the F-86 conversions at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico which turned them into QF-86 unmanned target drones. I was a guest of Flight Systems, Inc of Mojave Ca, the managers of the program.

I first published a short article in “Crazed Plastic” (See below) and then a revised and larger article in “Radom Thoughts” (RT) in 1982. RT is the IPMS Canada’s publication. Here is that article.

The very distinctive Orange color used on these birds is called Omaha Orange from the  Dupont Centari No. 31AH collection. A close match for Omaha Orange is FS 12473. The sample in this article was painted with the actual Dupont color.

Actual color photo

"Thumper" was destroyed on a NOLO mission in August 1981. It had survived at least 9 missile shots!

For further info on the Qf-86 Target drones, get Duncan Curtis's wonderful book "North American QF-86E/F/H/Sabre". It is Number 58 of Steve Ginter's "Naval Fighter" series. Click here to purchase book

Update: Click here to see the Duncan Curtis article on Flight System Sabres

Download the QF-86 Army Sabres article in a PDF here


Additional QF-86 Aircraft and Ramp Photos

Monday, August 5, 2013

McDonnell Aircraft 1952 Products Data Sheet

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Feb 1952 McAir unclassified products data sheet with interesting data and info.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

JSF_1JSF Team_1 

The McDonnell Douglas early concept for the JSF and the team behind the bid.

The McDonnell Douglas, Northrop Grumman and British Aerospace JSF for the US Air Force takes off in this artist’s concept. The teams JSF features a unique near tailess design for maximum stealth and an all-axis thrust vectoring nozzle for maximum maneuverability. Photo D4C-122347-36 dated 10/96.

Integrated Flight/Fire Control (IFFC)


HP Scan0014IFFC_2McDonnell Douglas and GE participated in the joint development of IFFC avionics.

See here for background info

BGM-109 Tomahawk Block II Litho

Tomahawk Block III_1 Tomahawk Block III_2

McDonnell Douglas made BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles for a time.

F-4 Phantom II Pamphlet

 F4H Pamphlet 001   F4H Pamphlet 002

 F4H Pamphlet 003  F4H Pamphlet 004 

Early 1961 F-4 pamphlet issued during the Navy’s 50th anniversary showing armament and three world records.

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