Thursday, April 30, 2015

XF-85 Factory and Wind Tunnel Models

001005 Photos of a factory XF-85 model and wind tunnel models.

Click here to view photos

Docking an XF-85 Goblin article from Aerospace Projects Review Blog

XF-85 Goblin Wind Tunnel Model Dedicated at Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

XF-85 Pre-Flight, In-Fight and Post-Flight Photos

AA02AA15 Flight test photos of the XF-85 “In action” with pre-flight, In-flight and post-flight represented. Credit: McDonnell Aircraft, Goleta Air and Space Museum and The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to view photos

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

XF-85 Goblin Photos–Part I

AA19AA31 Fifty five photos of the XF-85 from early to final configurations. Credit: McDonnell Aircraft, Goleta Air and Space Museum and The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to view photos

Download all photos in one ZIP file here or here

Monday, April 27, 2015

XF-85 Films

Untitled 2 A selection of films that I have collected. Credit: YouTube.

Click here to download films

Sunday, April 26, 2015

XF-85 Three-Views, Drawings and Loft Lines

zF-85 Goblin 3V An additional selection of 3-views and drawings that I have gathered over the years.

Click here to view material

Click here for original post

Saturday, April 25, 2015

XP-85 Goblin NACA Wind Tunnel Reports

Untitled 3 LMAL_49046LMAL_49047LMAL_49049As a former wind tunnel engineer, I collect any tunnel tests that I can find. Here I have seven NACA XF-85 wind tunnel tests run during 1947 and 1948 using the Ames and Langley facilities. Of limited interest, I know; but, very interesting! Credit NASA Tech Service via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here or here for folder to download reports in PDF form

Click here to see Scott Lowther's article on docking the XF-85

Friday, April 24, 2015

XF-85 Fighter Development Chronology

image_1 A very interesting date by date listing of the XF-85 time line. Compiled by Richard K. Smith. The original document came from the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.
Click here to download the chronology in PDF form

Thursday, April 23, 2015

XF-85 Print Articles - Part 3

Scan3009 An article from Air Combat magazine titled “McDonnell’s Parasite”.

Click here to view article

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

XF-85 Print Articles - Part 2

Scan3014a A McDonnell XF-85 article from the October 1948 issue of Model Airplane News.

Click here to view the article

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

XF-85 Print Articles - Part 1

Scan2294 An article from Flying magazine dated April 1949, “Bug on a Trapeze”. Large heading photo taken on the McAir ramp at Lambert Field, MO.

Click here to view article

Monday, April 20, 2015

XF-85 Conventional Tail Proposal

Untitled 2 A NACA report dated March 19 1947 on the Langley tests of an XF-85 scale model with a conventional (Single) tail. An interesting report. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to download the report in PDF form

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monstro and the Goblins

XF-85 Goblin Article RD Powers AAHS Vol18 No3-1 Dick Powers expanded and detailed his XF-85 article (Listed below) into a treatise on parasite aircraft for the Fall 1973 issue of the American Aviation Historical Society. Excellent article with great photos and captions. A lot of work went into this article! (Monstro is the name of the Boeing EB-29B that carried the XF-85).

Download here or here (8.1 Megs)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Proposed Mods to the XF-85 and Trapeze

image_1 McAir report  number 1086 concerning the Proposed Modifications to the XF-85 Airplane and Trapeze Mechanism Dated February 28 1949.

Click here to download the report in PDF form

Friday, April 17, 2015

McDonnell/Muroc Report of EB-29B Use for XF-85

image_1  McAir and Muroc Air Force Base combined report number 1179 on the use of the specially modified EB-29B in the XF-85 flight test program. This report recommends that the trapeze be revised.

Click here to view report

Thursday, April 16, 2015

XF-85 Design and Development Summary

Scan3022 A VERY poor Xerox of a McAir Engineering report from 1 September 1949. on the XF-85 design and development program. As I only have about one half of the report, I hesitated to present it. However, it has a lot of very detailed info and my hope is that someone has a complete copy.

Click here to download summary

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

XF-85 Profile, Specs and Breakdown

1 Summary2 XP-85 Inboard Profile A presentation of characteristics, specifications and 3-view drawing charts that I have collected. Enjoy!

Click here to view specs and charts

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

XF-85 Loft Sheet and 3-View Drawing

Scan1252Scan1255 Several versions of the XF-85 Loft Sheet L.S. P85-3 containing fuselage section cuts, 3-view  drawing and specifications.

Click here to view Loft Sheet

Monday, April 13, 2015

The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin

XP-85_6524_v2Scan3046 An excellent article by Dick Powers on the overall XF-85 program and aircraft. The photo pages are very poor Xerox copies (with great captions); but, the article has a detailed description of the entire program and specs on the aircraft itself. Also included is the Flight Test log.

Click here to download the article in PDF form

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Story of McDonnell Douglas

Scan2806 An interesting speech made by Sandy McDonnell in May 1990 about the histories of Donald Douglas and James McDonnell and how McDonnell Douglas came to be.

Click here to download the story in PDF form

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The F-4 Phantom II “Spook” Symbol

spookSpook 18In 1962, MCAIR Technical Artist Anthony "Tony" Wong put pen to paper and created the symbolic spirit of the F-4 Phantom II. Tony’s nameless little figure swiftly and silently stole the hearts and imaginations of everyone who ever had an association with the Phantom II.” Read the whole McAir Product Support article from 1988 here. The last photo is a copy of the Spook done for my Loft Lines engineering department in the late 1960’s. Anyone have others?

Click to view the "Spooks"

Friday, April 10, 2015

F-4, F-14 and F-15 Ferris Schemes

Scan0006Scan0737 “Aviation artist Keith Ferris developed a number of camouflage schemes for aircraft in the 1970s and 1980s, all based on a splinter scheme and in various shades of grey, that went from a tan-grey to a dark blue-grey. All markings on the aircraft were heavily subdued and basically in a thin outline to not break up the pattern painted on the aircraft.  The effectiveness of the scheme has been debated for quite some time and despite painting several USAF and USN planes with the scheme, none were adopted for overall use. About the closest any came to this was their use on Top Gun and VF-126 Skyhawks and F-5Es in the late 1980s. It was eventually felt that the current greys scheme that is so prevalent on modern aircraft was the way to go. This was partly due to effectiveness and partly due to the lower cost of maintaining the schemes”. Credit: Scott Van Aken at Modeling Madness.

These “Deceptive Paint Schemes” are some of my all time favorite F-4 and F-15 paint patterns. I have also included a wonderful Airfix magazine article by Paul Mercer.

More Ferris schemes here

Click here to view gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Historical F-4 Flight Test Program Charts–Part I

Scan2581 Buried inside the 1978 F-4 Program Report A5229 are some very interesting charts concerning the flight test history of the F-4. Charts for the F-4A/B/J and RF-4B. I have pulled them out for your pleasure!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

F-4 Phantom II Program Report - 1978

Scan2555Scan2556 A great overall view of the F-4 Phantom II program progress report MDC A5229, dated Jan 1, 1978.

Click here to view report in page form

Click here to download the report in PDF form

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

McAir Flight Test Cargo Pod

Scan0587 When traveling, especially for extended times, McAir pilots needed a place to store and transport their gear. For these occasions, a BLU-27 was modified as a distinctive carry pod and mounted on a wing station. The former napalm bomb had it’s fins removed, painted white with a large red stripe down it’s side.

Click here to view photos

Monday, April 6, 2015

F-4C,D and E Flight Manual

Untitled 1 A copy of the Oct 1970 F-4C, D and E Flight Manual.

Click here to download in PDF form

Sunday, April 5, 2015

More Eliminate Range Zero (EROS) Photos

 C12-294-17 While going through the F-4 slat photos, I found a few more EROS photos under F-4E aircraft.

Click here to view photos

Original EROS post is here

Saturday, April 4, 2015

RF-101 Striped Voodoos–Part 2

z54-1514 RF-101A-30-MC McAir Ramp RABurgess Jul-4-64 Mark Nankivil sent along a photo of the striped RF-101 I referred to in Part 1. It was taken at an open house on the McAir Flight Ramp on July 4, 1964. Credit to: Robert A. Burgess collection via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Original post here

Friday, April 3, 2015

F-15E Strike Eagle Brochure

Scan2616 A small brochure on the F-15E non-stop, unrefueled capabilities as demonstrated on August 24, 1980.

Click here to view brochure

Thursday, April 2, 2015

F-4E Flight Manual

56b A copy of the Feb 1979 F-4E Flight Manual.

Click here to download in PDF form

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

F-4E Slat Photos

Scan1538Scan1730 Photos of the “new” F-4E slat installation.

Click here to view photos Top 50 blog award!