Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Aviation Archives Newsletter #1


F-101 Camouflaged Voodoo Article

Scan1360 These photos, from the collection of Paul D. Stevens, show several McDonnell RF-101 Voodoo fighters as they appeared after their colorful squadron squadron markings were replaced with the drab camouflage adopted for Southeast Asia. Originally published in Phantom Flyer.

Click here to view article

Monday, May 25, 2015

F-4 Phantom II Tail Markings

Scan2637 Scan2638 An early article by John West and Nick Waters on the tail codes and markings for F-4 aircraft. While mainly a modeling article, there are a lot of markings and color illustrations.

Click here to view illustrations

Sunday, May 24, 2015

F-4 Series Performance Data

Scan0516 A copy of T.O. 1F-4C-1-1 listing the Performance Data for the F-4C, F-4D, and F-4E aircraft. It has details on how the aircraft performs under loads through out the flight envelope. Also contains weapon load out charts for each aircraft. This was my personal copy at Edwards Air Force Base in 1973.

Download here or here or here or here (102 Megs)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

F-4E Flight Manual Update

0001 A copy of an updated F-4E flight manual TO 1F-4E-1, Change 10, dated 1 April 1990. (Note: It appears to be only a partial copy, with just the updates.)

Click here to download manual in PDF form

Friday, May 22, 2015

F-4E Phantom II For Canada

0001 Canada4 Before trying to sell the F-15 to Canada, McAir pitched the F-4 for Canadian use. Here is the “F-4E Phantom II For Canada” report MDC A0825CAF dated 1 December 1971.

For more “What If Canadian” schemes go to Richard Chafer’s wonderful drawings here

Click here to download report in PDF form

Thursday, May 21, 2015

RF-15 Recon Eagle Article #2

RF-15 1976Untitled 2 An article from 1976 in “Flight International” magazine on the RF-15. Using a modified Fast Pack system, the proposed system would have given  the dedicated F-15 Recon capabilities.

A later system had the F-15 outfitted with a conformal reconnaissance pod. Both the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Falcon had prototype RF-15 and RF-16s built, but were never put into production.

Click here to view RF-15 info

Click here for original posting

Click here to view Joe Baugher's Peek Eagle article

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

F2H Banshee Scale Drawing


 Untitled 1  A McAir give away drawing of the F2H Banshee. Used mostly to made scale models of the fighter; but, good 3-view drawing.

Click here to view larger drawing

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

XF-88 Plan, Sheer & Cross Sections

XF-88 Plan Sheer & Cross Sections 1-24 scale Loft Sheet 14-3 showing XF-88 1/24th scale plan, sheer and cross section cuts.

Click here for a large version

Monday, May 18, 2015

CF-15 Eagle Executive Brief

Untitled 2 An interesting document numbered MDC A3626, concerning the attempt by McDonnell Douglas to sell the F-15 to the Canadians. Many good charts, graphs and illustrations! Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download in PDF form

Sunday, May 17, 2015

FH-1 Phantom Section Cuts

FH-1 1_77 Scale Loft Sheet LS 4-1 from 1967 with section cuts for the FH-1 Phantom I. Alex Thomas made this 1/48th scale drawing for me in 1/77th scale as a modeling guide. Enjoy!

Click here for a large copy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

More F-15 with Conformal Tanks Information

Fast Pack ExpansionF-15 with Conformal Tanks An interesting government chart about how the F-15 Conformal Fuel Tanks (Fast Packs) could be put to other uses. And a nice head on shot of an F-15 with CFT’s and armaments. (Double click above photos to see a larger copy)

Click here for additional views of F-15's with CFT's and armaments

Friday, May 15, 2015

McDonnell XF-88B Normal Operating Instructions

0001Scan0054 A copy of the original XF-88B handbook for operating with the Allison XT-38-A-5 Turboprop engine in the nose.

Click here to download instructions in PDF form

Thursday, May 14, 2015

F-16 Block #30 Cross Sections

F-16 Blk 30 cross sections 1 McAir Loft Sheet #275-52 with section cuts of the General Dynamic F-16 Block #30 aircraft. Alex Thomas gave this sheet to me in 1976; but, I don’t know if it was under contract with GD or a case of McAir keeping tabs on competitor’s products!

Click here to view large size drawing

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Federal Standard 595C Update

595 Federal Standard 595B has been revised to 595C.
The main reason for revising the document was to add 39 new colors, and to update associated media (fan deck and individual color chips). Revision B of FED-STD-595 was published in December 1989, and Change 1 was posted January 1994; . . . so the document was overdue for update/validation.

Federal Standard 595 is a document used to reference colors procured by the federal government. The new document includes 650 colors referenced by a 5 digit color chip number. This standard is used for a variety of federal supplies, but is most frequently used for paints and coatings (FSC 8010). FED-STD-595 incorporates a color fan deck (NSN 7690-01-162-2210) which provides a visual reference for each of the 650 colors. It also has provisions for 4-7/8 x 2-7/8” individual color chips which are used for spectrophotometric color matching.
Info from the: Federal Standard 595, “Colors Used in Government Procurement” Frequently Asked Questions.

Update: Change notice 1, dated July 31, 2008 - here

Bulletin: GSA no longer stores or distributes color media related to FED-STD-595, “Colors Used in Government Procurement”. Consequently, all media (color chips, fandecks, etc.) have been discontinued by GSA. Go here for details!

View Federal Standard 595C here as a web page!
Download Federal Standard 595C FAQ!
Download the Federal Standard 595C as a PDF file!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


0001 A July 15 1979 edition of the Navair 01-245FDC-1 RF-4B NATOPS Manual. This May 1 1985 change notice document contains all the operating and performance data for the RF-4B Phantom II aircraft.

From Wikipedia: “The Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) program prescribes general flight and operating instructions and procedures applicable to the operation of all US naval aircraft and related activities. The program issues policy and procedural guidance of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) that is applicable to all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aviation personnel.

Click here to download NATOPS in PDF form (Large File)


Monday, May 11, 2015

F-15 Eagle Armament, Pylons and Missile Racks

Scan2624 Scan2625Scan2626 Scan2625 Several excerpts from McAir brochures concerning the F-15 Eagle’s armament, pylons and missile launcher racks.

Click here to view information

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Factory Floor Photos - Part V

xD4C 92446 Mar-17-72D4C 93818 Apr-29-72 Thirty eight photos of the F-15 Eagle production at the  St. Louis McAir Bldg. 002 assembly plant. From “pots and pans” thru fuselage and wing build-up and on to final assembly. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum
Click here to view photos

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sound Control of Jet Aircraft

00010005 z_D4_E_22604_Jan_24_51 A small, early brochure on Sound Control of Jet Airplane put out by McAir. The photo is of an F2H-2N Banshee (123300) backed into an outdoor muffler system while doing engine run-ups. This is similar to that was put forth in this brochure. As jet engines became more powerful, a “hush house” was built for these runs. Credit: the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to download brochure in PDF form

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Story of the McDonnell Phantom I

0001 A very interesting little brochure put out by McAir to acclaim the virtues of the FD-1 Phantom I aircraft and the U.S. Navy.

Click here to download the brochure in PDF form

Alternate source for PDF download

Thursday, May 7, 2015

F-4C Phantom II Fact Sheet

Scan1776 A Press Release fact sheet sent out by the McAir Public Relations Department around 1962. Extolls the virtues of the F-4C with altitude and time to climb records.

Click here to view the press release

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Another YF-4E 62-12200 Fly By Wire Photo

 61-2200 Mark Nankivil sent along an interesting YF-4E photo that is not normally seen. It shows the aircraft on the St. Louis McAir ramp between Bldg. 2 and Bldg. 42 lined up with production F-4E’s. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Go here and here for original posts.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Douglas DC-8 Factory Photos

Scan3539Scan3538 Several Douglas Aircraft DC-8 photos that I found in my collection.

If you are into DC-8’s, consider joining the DC-8 Facebook group here.

Click here to view photos

Monday, May 4, 2015

Fairchild C-82/XF-85 on the McAir Ramp

XF-85 on Ramp Another Fairchild C-82 Packet aircraft on  the McAir flight ramp. This time loading (I think) a mock-Up of the XF-85.

See photo here

Click here to see other posting

Sunday, May 3, 2015

F-4 Pave Tack Pod (AN/AVQ-26)

SymbolScan1105 A Ford Aerospace brochure with a program summary and information and explanation of the Pave Tack (AN/AVQ-26) Electro-Optical Target Designator System carried by the F-4 Phantom II.

Click here to view brochure

Saturday, May 2, 2015

F-4C Phantom II Fact Sheet

Scan1776 A Press Release fact sheet sent out by the McAir Public Relations Department around 1962. Extolls the virtues of the F-4C with altitude and time to climb records.

Click here to view the press release

QF-86E Target Drones Addition

Untitled 1  Here is the Duncan Curtis target drone article on Flight System Sabres. A great article if you are into QF-86’s!

Click here to view the Duncan Curtis article

Original QF-86 article here

Friday, May 1, 2015

XF-85 Print Articles - Part 4

0012 An XF-85 historical article from Boeing’s August 2013 Frontiers magazine titled “The Fighter Within”.
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