Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Factory Floor Photos - Part II

Floor-0001 More photos from the McDonnell Aircraft or McDonnell Douglas aircraft assembly floor areas. See below for part I.

Under the Sign – Part II

Under the Sign-0004 More products “Under the Sign”.

See below for Part I.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Bern, N.C. Grumman F-11 Tiger


While on vacation in 2003 at New Bern, North Carolina; I spotted this Grumman F-11 at the side of the road. I had my host (Bruce Albert) take and send me these photos. This is somewhat of a rare aircraft as Grumman only made about 200 of them.

It has since been restored and painted as a Blue Angel aircraft. See the following for an article on the restoration: here.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Spacecraft Dimensions Handout

Mercury 3-ViewGemini3-ViewAnother handout was the basic dimensions of the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft.

Download the spacecraft specs from here.

Paper Mercury

Paper MercuryAlso issued was this paper model of the Mercury spacecraft.

Download the Mercury paper model from here.

Paper Airplanes

Paper F-4BPaper F-4DPaper RF-4CPaper Blue AngelsDuring the 1960’s McDonnell Aircraft gave out many handouts. One such group was a series of paper aircraft that you could cutout and fly around the room. As I remember, they flew quit well! Anyone have any others?

Download the files from this gallery.

The Factory Floor–Part I

Floor F4_3Since I worked on or near the aircraft or missile assembly floor all of my career, it is easy to forget that most people have never really seen how aircraft are assembled.

I have gathered a few photos of McDonnell’s factory floor through the years.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Under the Sign–Part I

001As I looked through a small part of my collection, I was struck with how many photos I have of aircraft under the McDonnell Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas signs that were on Building 002. It is no surprise that every new product was on display for a photo op with the signs.

I have gathered  a few of them for your pleasure. I will add more in the future, as I come across them! Top 50 blog award!