Thursday, December 31, 2015

McDonnell F4H-1F Flight Manual

0001 A half way decent xerox of the NAVWEPS 01-245-FDA-1 F4H-1 Flight manual dated 15 September 1962.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

McDonnell F4H-1F Phantom II #6 (BuNo 143391)

F-4H-1 No 6 d F4H-1 #6 (BuNo 143391) during the carrier suitability trials prelims at the Naval Air Test Center (NATC) at Pax River in 1961. I believe that this is a complete sequence of photos. I have also included a color sideview of the aircraft at NATC and a color photo of it on the USS Independence (W/O nose boom).

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RF-101G/H Flight Manual & Three View Drawing

image_1RF-101G A copy of the RF-101G/H flight manual, change 1, dated June 15 1971 and a nice three view drawing of the RF-101G.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

McDonnell XP-88 20-Foot Wind Tunnel Spin Model

LAL_76064 Photos of the McDonnell XP-88 Spin Model in the Langley Tail Spin 20-foot Tunnel in July of 1952. Both swept and straight wings were tested. “The McDonnell XP-88 was a prototype originating in 1946. It was designed as a long-range fighter to escort bombers. Changes in military priorities in 1950 led to cancellation of the project.” Credit: NASA. Thanks to PaulMM (Overspin) for the tip!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Factory Floor Photos–Part VI

C12-17693-1 Jan-1987b More Bldg. 002 factory floor assembly photos. This time of F-15 and F-18 aircraft taken in January of 1987.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

McDonnell Douglas Fighter Lineup #2

C12-7207-7 Nov-78 A very interesting photo showing four different MDC fighters under the Tee Pees! F-4 and F-15 chase planes, the F-18 and AV-8B prototypes all together next to Bldg. 42 in November 1978. An unusual sight!

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Click here to view these aircraft inside Bldg. 42

Friday, December 25, 2015

NACA XP-88 Wind Tunnel Research Memorandums

Untitled 2Untitled 3Untitled 4Vee TailzMcDonnell XF-88 Mock-Up Three NACA XP-88 Wind Tunnel research memorandums involving a 1/50th scale model and two 1/24th scale models. One test with the vee tail configuration as shown in the above photos! Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Click here to download the 1/24th scale memo with the conventional tail

click here to download the 1/24th scale memo with the vee tail

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

McDonnell Aircraft-How To Design Good Aircraft

Untitled 1 Along with the engineering orientation manual, we were given this little booklet on how to design aircraft. A reminder of simplier times, yes; but, the ideas still hold true. Credit: Dick Synder via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

McDonnell Aircraft-The Engineering Orientation Manual

Orin Manual A copy of the July 1963 McAir Engineering Orientation Manual. And yes, I was issued a copy of this manual in June 1962. Memories!

Interesting, as the first half has the company info on each of the past products. The last half has the corporate philosophy, for the time, and explains the compensation “Totem Pole” and the general living in St. Louis, MO. Credit: John Holliday via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

McDonnell F-88 Photo Recce Proposal (Model 36H)

image_2McDonnell F-88 Photo Recce 

A proposal by McDonnell Aircraft to turn the F-88 into a photo reconnaissance aircraft. This is a poor copy of that historically interesting proposition.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

F-4B/RF-4B/C and F-4E/F Loft Line Drawings

Loft Sheet 53-1217 with mold line and section cut drawings of an F-4B and armament sizes and placement. Credit: Greg Kuklinski

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Douglas CX-HLS Transport Study

1 Douglas CX-HLS Artwork RG Smith - 12 Douglas CX-HLS Artwork RG Smith - 2 Known as the Experimental Cargo/Heavy Logistics System (CX-HLS), this program sparked
a great competition between Douglas, Boeing and Lockheed and had several iterations; but Lockheed was awarded the contract on October 2nd, 1965 and the result was the C-5 Galaxy. (The  artwork above was from the great RG Smith.) Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Boeing and Douglas use the knowledge acquired from their CX-HLS-work on studies for large commercial aircraft projects. This is the actual beginning of the widebody airliner era.

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Additional info here, here and here

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Signal Corp Specifications and Wright Brothers Military Contract

Scan2697Scan2699 Copies of the Signal Corp Specifications No. 486, for a heavier-than-air flying machine and the Wright Brothers contract to build such a machine. If you have never seen these documents, take a minute and look them over as they are the basis for all US miltary aircraft!

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Additional info here and here

Friday, December 18, 2015

F/A-18 Block II Changes

McAir Product Support Digest articles on some of the Block II changes made to the F-18 aircraft.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Northrop F-5 Aggressor Tigers

 A couple of nice Aggressor F-5 Tiger photos for your pleasure.
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Other aggressor aircraft are here, here and here

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

F-15A/B/C/D Flight Manual

A copy of the Flight Manual T.O.1F-15A-1for the F-15A/B/C/D aircraft from block 7 and up.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

F-4 Phantom II Air Force Magazine Article

An August 1966 article on the F-4 Phantom II published by the Air Force and Space Digest. Good info on the early F-4's.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Australian F-4 Article

An article from the Australian Aviation magazine's March 1982 edition on the "Fabulous Phantom". Also a page from another of their articles with F-4 First flight dates and total model builds.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

F-18 Hornet Display Model Drawing

A copy of the Loft Sheet 74-0306 drawing with F-18 Hornet Display Model dimensions.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Iranian F-4D Color Scheme and Paint Chips

A short article on the paint scheme and colors used on the Iranian F-4D, with actual color chips. Article from an early issue of Phantom Flyer.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

F-15 Armament Handbook

A copy of P.S. 940 from October 1979 with the descriptions of the F-15 armament and ordinance systems.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

RF-4B Marine Photo Phantoms Article

Scan010 An article by Craig Kaston on the deployment of the RF-4B aircraft. Nice info and great markings and insignia side views.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

F-15E Strike Eagle Photo From Above

F-15E Strike Eagle F-15SE (Silent Eagle) Another great photo taken from above of an F-15E Strike Eagle! I love these photos as one seldom gets to see the top of an aircraft in flight. I don’t have a copyright on it.

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Another great shot here

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wolfgang Falck The Man and His Machines

Scan003a An article from The Best of Crazed Plastic’s 1982 magazine on one of Germany’s WWII ace airman – Oberst Wolfgang Falck.

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More information here and here

Monday, December 7, 2015

PDF Download Improvement

I just found out that by using something called “Trafficshare” on FileFactory; you, the readers, can download my PDF’s directly without the annoying download pages, delays, daily limits and pitches!

This has been implemented and everyone (Up to 100GB/Mo allowance on my account) can now directly download all the PDF’s, just like a premium account, by just clicking the PDF download link. My apologies that I didn’t find it sooner!

Please let me know by way of the comment link below, if this is working for you.

Thanks! Ron

AV-8B Harrier II Passes Flight Test Program

AV-8B An article named Acing the Test from a 1979 Team Talk, about the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II passing it’s flight test program with flying colors.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Douglas C-132 Atlas Missile Carrier Proposal

613 An interesting side note to the Douglas C-132 saga was this small clipping in Missiles and Rockets magazine about Douglas Aircraft’s proposal to build the C-132 as an Atlas ICBM missile carrier.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Grumman Aircraft Factory Three Views

Grumman F9F-5 Panther 3V Some excellent factory drawings from Grumman Aircraft. They include: AF-2S, F8F-1, F9F-5, S2F-1 and SA-16A.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Chance Vought Aircraft Factory Three Views

Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass Sixteen great factory three views, notes and cuts for many aircraft. Included are the F7U-1 & –3, O2U-1, SB2U-1, SBU-1, TBU-1, VE-7, A7D & E, F4U, F-8 and XC-142A. Credit: Greg Kuslinski via The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Northrop Flying Wings at Edwards AFB

Edwards While at Edwards AFB as a Flight Test Engineer in 1973 and 1974, I met Richard Younge, a fellow aviation historian. We became good friends and would go into the desert to find crash sites such as the YB-49. We also became friends with the base historian, Ted Bear, which lead Rich to write this short; but, nice article for the base paper, Desert Wings. It gives a history of the flying wing test program and the base name change.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

RF-4 Forward Fuselage Loft Lines

RF-4 Fwd Fuselage 1-13-76 - RDowney Loft sheet 53-1349 showing the RF-4 forward fuselage section cuts. This is as accurate as it gets!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

F-4E+ General Arrangement and Inboard Profiles

53-000004 F-4E  General Arrangement Sht1 - RDowney Scans of McAir blueprints (#53-000003 and #53-000004) from 1969, showing the General Arrangement and Inboard Profiles of the proposed improved F-4E Plus aircraft.

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