Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vought F7U-l Cutlass

Scan049Scan050 A couple of early 1950’s calendar photos of the Vought F7U-l Cutlass. These two photos are not generally available.

Click here to view large photos

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

F2H-1 Station Diagrams

Stitched Page 1 F2H-1 Station Diagrams including fuselage, wing, aileron, stabilizer and elevator stations. Also, buttock lines.

 Click here to view diagrams

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

F-4 Stores Characteristics Charts

Scan244 McDonnell Aircraft F-4 Stores Characteristics Charts dated April 1967. A list of all the weapons carried by the F-4 Phantom II aircraft with dimensions including weight, length, diameter; etc. Drawing 53-018248.

Click here to view charts

Additional stores info here

Monday, June 27, 2016

General Dynamics F-111B Aardvark Flight Manual

F-111B Flight Manual_003 A copy of the NATOPS Flight Manual #01-10FAB-1 for the General Dynamics F-111B aircraft, dated 15 May, 1968.

Click here to download manual in PDF form (75.77 Megs)

Alternate download link

Sunday, June 26, 2016

McDonnell Phantom II - Three Service Fighter Pamphlet

Scan012 Another company produced pamphlet extolling the virtues of the F-4. Similar to the pamphlet in this earlier post; but, with more info.

Click here to view pamphlet

Saturday, June 25, 2016

McDonnell Eliminate Range Zero System (EROS) Brochure I

 Scan113-1 The actual EROS brochure put out by McAir on the company developed Eliminate Range Zero System. A small brochure; but, full of information

Download here or PDF here (17 Megs)

Previous posts here and here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Air National Guard RF-101G/H Photographic Reconnaissance Systems

Scan056 A McDonnell Douglas Product Support publication, PS 472 dated 15 April 1968 as a manual on the Air National Guard RF-101G/H Photographic Reconnaissance Systems. It has data on the care and use of the KA-56 and KA-87 cameras. Many diagrams and charts.

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (41.0 Megs)

Alternate download site

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lockheed Aircraft Photo Set

1Stitched XFV-1 A circa 1950 set of large color military and civil aircraft lithographs from Lockheed Aircraft (plus one drawing). Includes the XFV-1, F-94, P2V-1, P2V-2, WV-, L-749 Connie and L-1049 Super Connie. Credit: William Rudolph collection

Click here to view litho's

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster Info

N17N_3 AirAusquin left a note with more info on the Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster, this time in South American use.

He says: “As an aeronautical engineer myself, and Venezuelan civil aviation historian, I have been researching this model for quite a while, with the intention of writing an article in spanish about the type, and its short history at Ransa. History goes that during a test, the load (water drums) got loose and moved around the cargo area, barely allowing the pilots to land. Pilots refused to fly the plane again, but in my opinion, the fact that they landed "safely" speaks well of the capabilities of the plane. Here are other comments from one of my tutors, Alfredo Schael, director of the Venezuelan Transportation Museum in Caracas, about the CBY-3:

Original posts here and here. More info here

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

F4H-1A Tactical Fighter Proposal

Scan087 An early attempt by McDonnell Aircraft to sell the U.S.A.F. a downsized F4H-1A as a Tactical Fighter only. Report # 7182, dated 1January 1960.

Aircraft was proposed with J79-7B engines instead of J79-8, no tailhook and simplified bombing and navigation changes.

Click here to download proposal in PDF form (44.3 Megs)

Alternate download site

Use Untitled 1 NOT Untitled 3 to download!!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

F-15 Eagle Chin Pod Update Addition

F-15B chin blister FQ eval~original I got some additional info from Keith "Sven" Svendsen on the F-15 Chin Pod testing I posted here. 

Sven says: “The photo in the article actually shows one of the FSD F-15A airframes, 71-0289 I think. The chin pod was also tested on 71-0291, see above: as Chief of Test with the F-15 Program Office. In cleaning out my office I found the referenced photo. At first glance, I thought it was an early 1990s test picture since. In the later days of Desert Storm and for a while afterwards, we were looking at a "Single-Seat SEAD" capability for the MSIP jets - to include direction finding gear a la the chin pod and integrating the AGM-88 on stations 2 and 8. The MSIPs were looking for a mission after air dominance was established.”

Thanks, Sven, for the additional info!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

F-4 Changes Between Models (Updated)

Scan22972 Tommy Thomason brought to my attention that these sheets are rather simplistic and I agree. So, in the spirit of providing as much info as possible, here are Tommy’s observations:

“Those illustrated summaries are a little weak. The F-4A configuration history during development was more complicated, e.g. big noses on airplanes prior to 19 like 10, 12, and 14. The raised canopy was introduced at 19.

The F-4B raised canopy was actually introduced during F-4A production as noted on the first sheet and above.

The F-4J sheet is USMC only, which implies that the maneuver slats were USMC only. If I remember correctly, the maneuver flaps were only a feature on the F-4S, the first lot of which were delivered to the Marines without the maneuver slats.

For some reason, the inflight refueling probe is shown on some sheets but not others.

You might want to link this particular post to this one for completeness and hopefully accuracy:

Tommy has studied the Phantom II extensively and is, in my opinion, an expert in early NAVY F-4’s. His website is a must visit for anyone interested in the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. It is at:

Original post here

Saturday, June 18, 2016

F-15 S/MTD McDonnell Douglas Presentation

McDonnell Douglas STOLMTD Presentation Oct-84_01 The presentation report prepared by McDonnell Douglas for briefing the government on the S/MTD (STOL/ Maneuver Technology Demonstator) program. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download the presentation in PDF form (46.2 Megs)

Friday, June 17, 2016

More F-15 S/MTD Photos

SMTD payoff Jack Abercrombie sent along a few more F-15 S/MTD (STOL/ Maneuver Technology Demonstator program photos, including another view of the wind tunnel test. Jack was the Technical Integrator for the program.

Click here to view photos

Original post here

Thursday, June 16, 2016

F-15 S/MTD Photos and Articles

SMTD0 Scan0506 A number of photos and articles on the F-15 S/MTD (STOL/ Maneuver Technology Demonstator aircraft. Also, wind tunnel photos from the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum.

Click here to view photos and articles

Additional info here

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

F-15 S/MTD Flight Testing Article

SMTD_1 SMTD_2 An article on the beginning of the F-15 S/MTD Flight Testing program from the May 22, 1989 edition of the MDC Team Talk. Sets out the goals and time frame of the program.

Click here to view article

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NF-15B S/MTD Photo Feature

NF-15B SMTD IPMS Article Feb-90_01 A nice article by Bill Norton on the F-15 Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator (S/MTD) aircraft from the Air Force Flight Test Center. Great description of mods. Credit IPMS article from February 1990

Per wikipedia: The NF-15B S/MTD was a modified F-15 Eagle. Developed as a technology demonstrator, the F-15 STOL/MTD carried out research for studying the effects of thrust vectoring and enhanced maneuverability. The aircraft used for the project was pre-production TF-15A (F-15B) No. 1 (USAF S/N 71-0290), the first two-seat F-15 Eagle built by McDonnell Douglas.

Click here to view article

Team Talk S/MTD article

Monday, June 13, 2016

Do You Want More NASA (Cont’d)

Down boys!

This will always be a “Things with Wings” blog; so, don’t worry about that!

It does seem that the interest is there; so, I will sprinkle some NASA stuff in occasionally along with the other material! Thanks for the input comments and many emails.


Speaking of Space Documents and Manuals…

Untitled 1soyuz_users_manual_190401_01 A wesite linked to my blog and it is a great source of Russian aircraft manuals and Missile manuals! So, I thought that I would pass it on.

Go to: here and here to see and download the manuals

(Part of the and websites)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Do You Want More NASA Press Releases?

Cliff Steenhoff has sent me over 3000 NASA press releases, which include most all of the Space Shuttle launches, Apollo, Altas and Delta launches and many, many others.

As this number of items is so large, I need to ask if any one is really interested in them before I put in that much work.

If you would like to see them posted here, make a comment in the Comment Section below. It is up to you if you want it to happen!!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Apollo NASA Mission Reports–Apollo 1 thru 17

Apollo 17 Summary The Last Apollo Landing_01 Here are 233 Apollo mission reports. From the Apollo 1 accident to the last mission, Apollo 17. A great collection of reports, summaries, press kits; etc. It’s all here! Credit: Cliff Steenhoff


Click here to download manuals in compressed RAR form (1.2 Gigs)

Note: This file is a compressed WinRAR file. Use WinRAR, WinZip or the free 7-zip to un-compress all the files. See a 7-Zip tutorial here

Friday, June 10, 2016

F-4 Changes Between Models

Scan2297 Simple diagrams of the changes between the F-4A’s thru the F-4J’s

Click here to view changes

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Missouri Air National Guard F-100C

ANG F-100C Color and Markings of a Missouri Air National Guard F-100C of the  131st Tactical Fighter Wing at Lambert airport in St. Louis, Mo. With a short history of the aircraft flown by this guard unit. Nice drawing by the Rev Del Miller.

Click here to view drawing

Click here to see previous post on MO ANG F-100’s

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Apollo Operations Handbook - Lunar Module

SA-512 LM 10 Handbook Vol 1_01SA-512 LM 10 Handbook Vol 2_01 Grumman company written Apollo Operations Handbooks for the Lunar Module. LMA790-3-LM Vol 1, dated 1 April 1971 and LMA790-3-LM Vol 2, dated 15 January 1971. Volume I is for Subsystems Data and Volume II is for Operational Procedures. Credit: Cliff Steenhoff

Click here to download Vol I in PDF form (38.6Megs)

Click here to download Vol II in PDF form (26.7)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Apollo Operations Handbooks for Block II Spacecraft

Apollo Operations Handbook Block II Spacecraft - Volume I Section 01 Spacecraft Description_01 This is Vol. I of the Apollo Operations Handbooks, SM2A-03-Block II, dated October 15, 1969, with Sections 1-4 for CMS Block II Spacecraft with configuration, guidance and a lot of other data. Credit: Cliff Steenhoff

Click here to download manuals in compressed RAR form (163 Megs)

Note: This file is a compressed WinRAR file. Use WinRAR, WinZip or the free 7-zip to un-compress all the files. See a 7-Zip tutorial here

Monday, June 6, 2016

Thirty Years of Phantoms Patches

Untitled 1Untitled 2 A couple more F-4 Phantom II patches. This time for the 30th anniversery of the first flight.

Click here to view patches

Click here for other 30th info

Sunday, June 5, 2016

F-15 Design Approach Presentation

F-15 Design Approach_01F-15 Design Approach_02 Undated presentation on the F-15 Eagle design approach requirements, dates and exact info. Lots of great F-15 information and charts.

Click here to download in PDF form (2.9 Megs)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Blackburn B.46 Firebrand

Untitled 6blackburn-aircraft-logo-vinyl-graphics-decal-blackburn-blackburn_19135_500x500 A number of photos from the William Rudolph collection. He seemed to like the Blackburn Firebrand as he has several factory photos. I added a couple that I had. Credit: William Rudolph collection

Click here to view photos

Much info and photos at

Friday, June 3, 2016

Paint Schemes and Exterior Markings for US Navy and Marine Corp Aircraft

 Mil-Std-2161_01Mil-Std-2161_01 (2) A copy of the DOD manual, MIL-STD-2161A (AS) for the Paint Schemes and Exterior Markings for US Navy and Marine Corp Aircraft. This manual is dated May 1, 1993. Lots of nice info, paint colors and diagrams.

Click here to download manual in PDF form (18.6Megs)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AV-16A/Pegasus 15

AV-16A Pegasus 15 Report No. A2908 May-30-74_01 A copy of the MDC A2908 report, dated May 30, 1974 on the AV-8A follow-on as a “Cost Effective V/Stol Evolution” using a new forward fuselage and wings and mated with the Pegusas 15 engine.

From AirVectors: “In 1973, British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas conducted a set of conceptual studies for a bigger and better Harrier, the result of which was the "AV-16A" or "AV-8X", based on the bigger and more powerful Pegasus 15 engine, with plenum-chamber burning. The informal "AV-16A" designation reflected the goal of an aircraft with twice the range and twice the warload of the existing AV-8A. There was also some interest in supersonic performance.”

Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download tyhe report in PDF form (3.75)

Alternate download site for PDF

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Av-8B Harrier II Plus Lithograph

AV-8B Harrier II Plus Brochure_01 A copy of the 1991 Av-8B Harrier II Plus lithograph. It lays out the Harrier II Plus proposal and has a lot of facts and figures. It is a small two page affair; but, has a lot of info.

Click here to view lithograph Top 50 blog award!