Sunday, July 31, 2016

More Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak Photos–Part I


D-558-1a  More Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak photos from my collection.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak Photos

D55805 A few Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak photos. Credit: The Jean Aker archive collection via the BoxArt Den

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Friday, July 29, 2016

“Fly Douglas” Mural

Fly_DOUGLAS_Mural While looking for Douglas DC-8 drawing, I found this wonderful Douglas mural. I have included both the finished mural and the working sketch.

“The Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport in November of 2012, unveiled its "Fly Douglas" mural, created by aviation artist, author and historian Mike Machat. The mural was commisioned by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California. The mural depicts the Douglas Aircraft Company’s DC series of aircraft from the DC-1 to the DC-10.”

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Avro Vulcan B.2 Photo Feature

Scan0010 An Avro Vulcan B.2 Photo Feature, on my favorite British bomber, from MDC model club’s Phantom Flyer. Gary Bevan wrote the article.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

F-4 Wing Bumps and IR Seeker Fairing Cuts

F-4 Wing Bumps details 1 A poor copy of Loft Sheet 32-0488, Sht 3, dated June 28,1968, showing the F-4 wing bumps. Also Loft Sheet 32-0359, dated June 30, 1970, is included showing the F-4 IR Seeker fairing cuts. Credit: Greg Kuklinski

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Additional wing bump info here

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Phantom Flyer Feature Aircraft of the Month

Scan0004 A Phantom Flyer Feature Aircraft of the Month article. This time, from the July/August issue of 1981 comes a Fred Roos article on the US-2C and C-1A “Blue Ghost” aircraft.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

F-4K AGM-12 General Arrangement Drawing

Stitched Page 1 Scan041a Scan042 A general arrangement drawing for mounting the AGM-12B on F-4K aircraft. From Engineering Change Proposal ECP-MDA-F-4K-9010.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

F-4 and RF-4 Waterlines, Buttock Lines and Fuselage Stations

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The small Quality Planning pocket card that I carried for many years with all the F-4 and RF-4 Waterlines, Buttock Lines, Stabilator Stations and Fuselage Stations. A valuable card to have when doing F-4 repairs. Cards are dated March 2, 1967.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Another F-4 Stores Drawing

Untitled 0a Another F-4 drawing showing some of the stores it could carry. This time, the Bullpup missile, centerline gun, several LAU rocket launchers and BLU/smoke bombs. Unfortunately, the Loft Sheet number has been cut off! Credit: Greg Kuklinski

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Additional stores post here

Friday, July 15, 2016

General Dynamics F-111 External Paint Specifations

Scan196 Part of the General Dynamics F-111 External Paint Specifations no. FPS-1000B, dated 5 July 1963.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Aviation Archives Newsletter #2

AA NewsletterWhite Shade on Blue Frame-page 2 Time for vacation!

General Dynamics F-111 Escape Module Works

Scan180 Details of the first time the McDonnell Douglas designed F-111escape capsule needed to be used. Additional info and credit to: Combat Reform

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Much more on the escape module here

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

General Dynamics F-111 and B-36 Lithographs

Scan0001Scan0002 A copy of the December 1980 General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and B-36 peacemaker company lithographs. It is always interesting to see what the aircraft builders have to say about their products!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

General Dynamics F-111 Brochure

Scan182 An General Dynamics company brochure to introduce the General Dynamics F-111 aircraft. Lots of facts and figures.

Click here to download the brochure in PDF form (50 Megs)

Monday, July 11, 2016

General Dynamics F-111 Photos and Info

Scan151Scan175 A number (40) of General Dynamics F-111 Photos and other Information that I have gathered. Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Douglas DC-4 Operating Manual

Douglas DC-4 OM_01 A copy of the Douglas DC-4 (C-54B-DC) Operating Manual from Resort Airlines, dated April 15, 1951. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan Collection

Click here to download manual in PDF form (12.3 Megs)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Douglas DC-8-63 Technical Training Handbook

Douglas DC-8 Technical Training_01 A copy of the Canadian Pacific Air Lines (CP Air) Douglas DC-8-63 Technical Training Handbook, dated November 30, 1975. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan Collection

Click here to download handbook in PDF form (16 Megs)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Douglas DC-8 Flight Operating Manual and Checklist

Douglas DC-8 Operating Manual._3_01 Douglas DC-8 Operating Manual._01 A Douglas DC-8 Flight Operating Manual from American International Airways, dated May10, 1999. Also, their DC-8 Check List. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan Collection

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (18.8 Megs)

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

DC-10 Aircraft Charateristics for Airport Planning Report

DC-10_01 A Douglas Company generated report meant to be sent to airports in order for the airports to plan for the DC-10. Contains a lot of aircraft charteristics and dimensions. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download report in PDF form (6.2 Megs)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

800 Posts Today!

800 Today is my 800th post! How time flies!

Thanks to all the people who have given kind words, encouraged me and helped with material to publish.


McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Introduction Report

image_1 A Douglas Company report for the introduction of the DC-10. Lots of detail info on the “Care and Feeding” of a DC-10 aircraft.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

F-15B Eagle IFFC/Firefly

Scan0112 McDonnell Douglas F-15B-20-MC-77-0166 c/n 0430/B057 used in the Integrated Flight Fire Control (IFFC)/Firefly III program.

Joe Baugher has this to say about this aircraft and program:

“In 1981, a late production F-15B (serial number 77-0166) was modified as the test vehicle for the Integrated Flight Fire Control (IFFC)/Firefly III program. The IFFC program was undertaken by McDonnell under a contract from the Air Force for the development of a system which would modify the Eagle's fire control and flight control systems to accept control inputs from both the pilot and the IFFC flight control system and to tailor flight control response to the various weapons delivery modes. The parallel Firefly III program was conducted by General Electric under an Air Force contract for further development of the fire control system for use against air-to-ground targets.

The coupling of IFFC with Firefly III allows for automatic positioning of the aircraft in order to attack targets that are detected by an electro-optical target designation pod. As part of the program, the F-15B carried a Martin Marietta ATLIS (Automatic Tracking Laser Illumination System) II designation pod in the port forward missile well, linked to the aircraft's fly-by-wire system via a computer. The designation pod enabled the aircraft to release air-to-ground weapons while maneuvering along a three-dimensional flight path, avoiding having to fly directly over the target and thus exposing itself to enemy ground fire.”

The IFFC/Firefly III system was never adopted for production F-15s. However, the work done on the system was helpful in development of the LANTIRN navigation and targeting system which was adopted for the F-15E Strike Eagle.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

F-15 Conformal Fuel Tank (Fast Pack) Brochure

Scan119 McAir company brochure on the F-15 Conformal Fuel Tank called Fast Packs. Good general info and weapons loading stations.

Click here to download brochure in PDF form (103 Megs)

Previous posts are here, here, here, here and here

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Additional Eliminate Range Zero System (EROS) Information

 Untitled 1a A photo of the actual panel used in the EROS project.

Tommy Thomason commented on my last post with info that all should read:

“Two McAir F-101s collided on 8 June 1960 during production flight test from St. Louis. Because of the nature of these flights, the pilots of the Voodoos were 1) operating in a block of assigned air space rather than at ATC assigned altitudes on airways and 2) focusing on instrument readings, manually recording data, and making changes to switches and knobs: i.e. head down in the cockpit to a greater extent than usual.
As a result of the accident, Mr. Mac immediately implemented a company-funded program to develop a collision-warning system. This resulted in EROS. Once it was developed and qualified, McAir aircraft conducting experimental and and production flight test out of St. Louis routinely carried an EROS pod that communicated with the pods on other airplanes to provide collision warning.”

Also, he found a PDF from 1971 in the Clay Whitehead collection that contains several Collision Avoidance System Letters and Memoranda concerning the EROS project. Note page 10, especially.

Click here to download memos in PDF form (104.3 Megs)

Previous posts here, here and here

A nice overview from Popular Science (Aug 1988) of all companies efforts in this field is here

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Additional James S. McDonnell Photos

McDonnell Another couple of “Old Man MAC” photos that I like. Younger days, this time.

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Original post here

Friday, July 1, 2016

Piaggio-Douglas PD-808 Article #1

Untitled 1 A nice article from Aviation Week & Space Technology. dated 26 September 1966 on the Piaggio-Douglas PD-808, An aircraft that has always interested me.

From Wikipedia: “The Piaggio PD.808 was designed by the Douglas Aircraft Company of Long Beach, California, as a business jet.

No orders were received by Douglas, and the complete project was bought by Piaggio Aero, which flew the first prototype in August 1965. Piaggio also failed to secure any worthwhile commercial interest, but a few examples were taken by the Italian Air Force.

Only 24 examples of this type, with low-set wings and aft-mounted turbojet engines, were produced, and 22 of these went to the Italian Air Force.”

Click here to view article and aircraft photos Top 50 blog award!