Saturday, January 31, 2015

F-15 External Color Stencil

F-15 ML Colors 1 Most people don’t realize it; but, the external colors used on MDC F-15’s is detailed in a stencil on the left side of the aircraft. Here is a close-up of that stencil from a 1977 aircraft.

Friday, January 30, 2015

F2H Banshee Collector Cards

Untitled 4 I found a few collector cards of the F2H Banshee issued (I think) by McDonnell Aircraft. Anyone have any other cards or information?

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

F-15 Flight Test Aircraft at EAFB

Scan1163 A set of photos of the F-15 Flight Test aircraft on the ground at Edwards Air Force Base in 1972 and 1973. I have presented several of these photos before; but, thought that it would be a nice post with them all together! The last three photos are courtesy of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

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Additional photos of F-15’s at EAFB are here and here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

F-4 Phantom II All-Service Fighter Booklet

Scan3186 A large brochure on the F-4 Phantom put out by McAir.

Click here to view the brochure

Download PDF here or here or here (3.9 Megs)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo Booklet #2

Scan1957Scan1960 Another of the promotional pamphlets McDonnell Aircraft issued on the F-100 Voodoo.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo Booklet #1

Scan1970 One of the promotional pamphlets issued by McDonnell Aircraft for the F-101 Voodoo.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

F-4G Wild Weasel Articles and Loft Drawing

Scan0957Scan2322Scan0956 Nice F-4G prototype photo and two articles on the MDC F-4G Wild Weasel. First article is by Jim Griffiths and was published in the MDC Phantom Flyer. The second was published, I think, in Aviation Week. Between the two, you have a nice summary of the program and antenna placements. Also include is the MDC Loft Line sheet LS 53-1055 showing the Wild Weasel pod configuration and station cuts.

Click here to view F-4G info

A very good article on the F-4G and Wild Weasel background here

Go here to see F-4G cockpit photos.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

United Air Lines Historic Planes Picture Set

3Scan1974 In 1969 or 1970, I received this set of historic aircraft thru the years from United Air Lines, mostly involving their fleet, of course. (Yes, I collect everything aviation related!)

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Friday, January 23, 2015

MDC Product Ad Sheets

Scan3863 Here are a number of McDonnell Douglas “one page” advertisement sheets that were produced over the years for various magazines and publications.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Additional F-4 Cam Ranh Bay-RVN Photos

Untitled 2Untitled 17 More F-4 photos from Cam Ranh Bay (Republic of Vietnam) photos in 1968.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Over the St. Louis Arch–Part II

Scan0930Scan0064 Many photos were taken of MDC aircraft flying over the St. Louis Arch. Here are a few more of those photos.

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View Part I here

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Under the Sign - Part VI

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Continuing the series, here are a few more “Under the Sign” photos, including visitors to the MDC ramp.

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Previous entries in this series are:

Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V

Monday, January 19, 2015

IAI/ MDC F-4E Phantom 2000 (Kurnas)

Phantom 2000_1Phantom 2000_2 Starting with a 1987 prototype, Israel updated their F-4E’s to ground attack only duty. Producing the Phantom or Kurnas 2000. They were modernized with AN/APG-76 radar and AGM-142 Popeye capability, among many other electronic updates.

Click here to view info and photos

A comprehensive account is here

A nice walk around video is here

Sunday, January 18, 2015

MDC Product Support Eagle Talk Volumes 1 & 2

0001 Poor Xeroxes ; but, wonderful information on the F-15 characteristics compiled by the McAir Product Support Department for Eagle Drivers and mechanics.

The Eagle Forum website has this to say:

“Everything you ever wanted to know about general handling characteristics of the F-15 Eagle (non-E) but couldn't find in the Dash-1.
Eagle Talk V1 and 2 are compilations of the McDonnell Product Support Digest as far back as '75, up until '85, and include both test pilot, and operational squadron details how the various flight systems function in the real world.
You'll find the articles on the OWS and late takeoff rotation quite illuminating in tying down how good the AFM is here.“ Credit “Lunaticfringe” via

Click here for volume one in PDF form

Click here for volume two in PDF form

Saturday, January 17, 2015

F-18 Flying Qualities Development Report

Fig 1 0001 Here we have an MDC report (# 84-009) on the F-18 Flying Qualities Development from Jack Abercrombie. Presented in 1983. The prologue states:

“Since the F/A-l8 fighter-attack aircraft made its first flight in November L978, some significant changes have been made to the control system to improve flying qualities characteristics. This paper covers some of the highlights of that flying qualities development, touching briefly on the initial design criteria and the evolution of the control system as we progressed through the flight test program. Particular emphasis is placed on some unique and very innovative features of the flight control laws.”

Click here for a short slide show presentation of this report

Click here for full report in PDF form

Friday, January 16, 2015

F-15 Vertical Tail Revisions & ‘70 Tail Configuration

Apr-71-Tail-1b_thumb11F-15-Jan-70-1F-15-Jan-70-2F-15-Jan-7[2]Sidewash-and-q-at-Tail-1_thumb2 Jack Abercrombie sent along an interesting comparison chart of F-15 tail development size and placement plus a little known tail configuration from 1970.

His note said:

“Here are a few pages from MCAIR Report A0270, 30 Jan 1970 describing the new configuration (at the time) with the nacelle fences for directional stability improvement.  Note that the configuration includes the middle size vertical tails (55 square ft each--larger than those of the 1969 proposal which were 41.4 each) and almost the original Ventrals (21.4 sq ft vs 20 sq ft per).  The fences helped through improvements to the sidewash characteristics, but not enough.  It was more than a year later (Apr '71) when the ventrals were removed and still larger verticals (the current 62.6 sq ft per) were incorporated.”

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

McDonnell Douglas Open House Photos

Untitled 1Untitled 8 For a few years, MDC would hold an open house for it’s employees and their families. Here are a few photos of two of those events.

Open house of 06/28/75

Open house of 11/08/81

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AQM-34K Firebee

Untitled 10 Untitled 11 I have always had a “soft spot” for drones and especially the Firebee in all it’s versions. This is the AQM-34K version as photographed in my visit to the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland,NE in the early 1980’s. It has since been hung from the ceiling as seen in the last photo.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

F-15A Streak Eagle 40th Anniversary

Scan0511Scan0512 January 16, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the the 19th pre-production McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle aircraft (S/N 72-0119) time-to-climb records during Operation Streak Eagle. (Aquila Maxima) Quoting from the National Museum of the Air Force fact sheet:

“The museum's single-seat F15A, nicknamed "Streak Eagle," broke eight time-to-climb world records between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, 1975. In setting the last of the eight records, it reached an altitude of 98,425 feet just 3 minutes, 27.8 seconds from brake release at takeoff and "coasted" to nearly 103,000 feet before descending. It was flown in its natural metal finish to reduce weight for the record-setting flights. To protect it from corrosion, McDonnell Douglas Corp. has since painted it in the gray color scheme of most operational F-15s. "Streak Eagle" is an early preproduction aircraft. Differences in internal structure and systems operation made it too costly to return to operational service. It was delivered to the museum in December 1980 after it was no longer useful as a flight test vehicle.”

Note the white telemetry antenna on the cockpit aft shelf and that
the Aquila Maxima emblem was not on the aircraft during the record flights.

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Very good complete write-ups on the Streak Eagle can be found here and here from “This Day in Aviation” and “White Eagle Aerospace.”

Monday, January 12, 2015

Redstone Test Stand and Rocket Garden

Untitled 62bUntitled 62c Also in Huntsville is the Redstone Test Stand and Rocket Garden, located at NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Visited on July 3, 2003.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC)

Untitled 01aUntitled 1a While in Huntsville Alabama visiting friends, I went to the The US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) on July 3, 2003. The Rocket Park at the USSRC was called “the finest rocket collection in the world” by Mercury astronaut John Glenn. In the park, 27 missiles and rockets show how Army rocketry launched America’s space program and gave rise to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. It contains all of the Redstone family of rockets, including the Redstone IRBM, Mercury-Redstone, Jupiter C, Jupiter IRBM and Juno II. Also on display are the Mercury-Atlas, V-1, and Saturn I rockets. I have included several “Stitched” or Panoramic photos I made by “combining” original photos together.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Kennedy Space Center

KSC001KSC005 Photos from a  visit to The Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in 2007. Both the rocket garden and inside exhibits.

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  1. A very nice set of KSC photos are here.

Friday, January 9, 2015

More F-15 71-0283 Chase Plane Photos

Untitled 1Untitled 2 Two more photos of F-15A-4-MC-71-0283 on the McAir ramp. This was the fourth F-15A built. See here for original posting.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

F3H Demons on Barge

Scan0001 A wonderful United Press photo of F-3H Demons  loaded on a barge going down the Mississippi River to the Memphis Naval Base. Photo is dated Jan 4, 1956.
Go here and here to see prior posts.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

F-100’s on McAir Ramp

Scan1893Scan1893a  While rummaging around in my files, I found these photos of two F-100A-10-NA aircraft that visited the McAir ramp during the 1950’s. They are 53-1536 and 53-1537. Sorry, no other details are available; but, these are great photos.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

More F-15 Test Flight Photos at EAFB

Scan0223Scan1157 More photos of the F-15 Flight Test Program at Edwards Air Force Base in 1972 and 1973.


F-1 Envelope Expansion, Flying Qualities, External Stores
F-2 Engine Development, Performance
F-3 Avionics, Airspeed System
F-4 Structural Loads
F-5 Armament, Tank Jettison
F-6 Avionics, Fire Control System
F-7 Armament
TF-1 Two-Seater Evaluation, Training, VIP Flights
F-8 High AOA, Stalls, Spins
F-9 Aircraft and Engine Performance
F-10 Tactical Electronic Warfare System, Radar (at Eglin)
F-17 Time-to-Climb Record Setting
TF-2 Special Programs

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Jan van Waarde wrote a wonderful monograph on the F-15 prototypes. Download it in PDF form here. Credit: the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Monday, January 5, 2015

F-15B (TF-15) Flight and Refueling Tests at EAFB

Scan1168Scan1171 F-15B-3-MC-71-0290 was the first two seat F-15, originally built as a trainer. Original designation was TF-15 and known at MDC as T-1. Here are some in-flight and re-fueling photos of 0290 at Edwards Air Force Base during 1973.


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Sunday, January 4, 2015

F-15 Refueling Tests at EAFB

Scan1228Scan1227 Scan1225Scan1226F-15 Flight Test of refueling capability at Edwards Air Force Base in 1973. Top 50 blog award!