Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Model F-4 Airplane Detail Specs

Model F-4 Airplane Detail Specs_01 The model F-4 summary of airplane detail specification structure, weight and performance data. Dated 15 September 1966. Lots of detailed weight and performance data as the name implies.

Click here to download the report in PDF form (16.5 Megs)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Raytheon AIM-7F Standard Missile Characteristics

AIM-7F Sparrow III-January 1977 Raytheon AIM-7F Sparrow III Standard Missile Characteristics (SMC) sheets, dated January 1977.

Click here to download the sheets in PDF form (8.3 Megs)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Patches and Stickers VI

Untitled 3 A few more patches and a sticker. This time for the F-18 Hornet.

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View other patches and stickers here and here

Sunday, August 28, 2016

McDonnell Douglas/BAe Systems YAV-8B Photos

AV-8B00 George Salerno asked me if I had any YAV-8B photos; so, I pulled together this group for him and thought that I would share them with all of you.

“The "Y" indicates that that model is a flying prototype for flight testing. In the case of the McDonnell Douglas Harrier there were two flying prototypes for the AV8B Harrier which were YAV-8B S/N (Ship Number)1 Tail Number 158394 & YAV8B S/N 2 Tail Number 158395. S/N 2 crashed and S/N 1 was renumbered and transferred to NASA as N704NA and should be on display at Aviation Challenge Museum in Huntsville AL.”
Bob McNabb

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

YC-15 Advanced Medium STOL Prototype Pamphlet

Douglas YC-15 00-960 The small McDonnell Douglas company handout on the YC-15. Our entry into the Advanced Medium STOL Transport (AMST) competition.

Click here to view pamphlet

Additional YC-15 blog info here

Friday, August 26, 2016

F/A-18 Radar Booklet

Scan214_thumb A small booklet on the F/A-18 Hughes AN/APG-65 radar. Lots of nice photos.

Click here to download booklet in PDF form (71 Megs)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

More Wind Tunnel Testing Using an F-15 Eagle Inlet

2000-05-05 “This photograph shows the Smart Aircraft and Marine System Projects Demonstration (SAMPSON) Smart Inlet installed in the Langley Research Center 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel. This model was a full-scale F-15 inlet modified with shape memory alloy actuators to vary cowl lip angle and bluntness.” Credit NASA

Click here to view the photo

Further info here

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

F-15 Eagle Inlet System Diagram

Untitled 1 On the subject of the F-15 inlet, I found this very good drawing of the inlet system and thought that I would pass it on.

Click here to view diagram

Additional info here

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

F-15 Eagle Inlet Wind Tunnel Testing

F-15 Inlet - Arnold Engineering Development Center “F-15 Eagie full scaie iniet and operating engine being tested in 1972 at the Arnold Engineering Development Center’s (AEDC) 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel. The tests demonstrated the compatibility of the Pratt & Whitney F-100 jet engine with the aircraft's variable geometry iniet.” Credit NASA and AEDC.

Click here to download AEDC's brochure in PDF form (0.2 Meg)

Click here to download NASA's technical paper on F-15 flight vs wind tunnel inlet research in PDF form (6.4 Megs)

Monday, August 22, 2016

F-101A Stations Diagram

F-101A Stations Diagram Jul-15-53a McAir Service Eingineerings drawing showing the F-101A Voodoo ststion designations. This is dated 15 July 1953 and effects F-101A 53-2418 and up aircraft.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bell P-59 Aircomet Photos

P-59 1 Some “factory” photos of the Bell P-59 and the Xp-59 Aircomet. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unpainted F-15 Photo

F-15K first flight 08041 An exceptionaly good photo of an unpainted F-15 in test flight. This is the first flight of the F-15K aircraft, 08041. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to view photo

Original unpainted aircraft post here

Friday, August 19, 2016

F-15 (N-PHX) Navalized Eagles (Seagle)

F-15N phoenix Several proposals were put forth by McDonnell Douglas [F-15N, F-15 (N-PHX) ]to convert the F-15 to a Sea Eagle. While none meet with success, it makes a wonderful story!

Go here and here, and here for the complete story

Thursday, August 18, 2016

McDonnell XF2D-1 (XF2H-1) Banshee Photos

XF2D-1_99859_03a More Banshee photos, this time, only of the prototype XF2D-1 (No. 99859).

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Additional Banshee facts, info and photos here

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

F-15 Eagle Weapons, Pods and Tanks

F-15 Stores01 A collection of stores that go under the F-15 Eagle’s wings - weapons, pods and tanks. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

F-15 Global Strike Eagle Proposal

F-15GSE1F-15GSE2 An interesting Boeing proposal to launch a ballistic missile from the F-15E Strike Eagle. Covering the need for an on-demand, responsive space launch. This paper (AIAA-RS4-2006-2001) was presented at the AIAA 4th Responsive Space Conferance in April 2006.

The abstract says: ”A near term military need exists for a capability to execute global strike, responsive spacelift and space control missions. An innovative solution concept was developed based on integrating off-the shelf components to provide this capability, while avoiding technology development risk. The paper presents a concept that would utilize an F-15E with minimal modifications to provide a reusable first stage for the F-15GSE (Global Strike Eagle). The upper stages of the F-15GSE would consist of currently available solid rocket motors packaged to meet the mission requirements…”

Two versions of the paper are below. Anyone have any other info?

Click here to download the first paper in PDF form (4.5 Megs)

Click here to download the second paper in PDF form (0.5 Meg)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lockheed C-130T Flight Manual

Lockheed C-130T Flight Manual_01 NATOP flight manual for the Lockheed C-130T  Logistics Support aircraft. NavAir 01-75GAL-1, dated 15 November 2006.

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (21.5 Megs)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

North American OV-10 Maintenance Instructions

OV-10 Maintenance Instructions_01 A copy of the North American OV-10 Maintenance Instructions for airframe systems, NAVAIR 01-60GCB-2-2. This is a technical manual and is dated 15 January 1977.

Click here to download manual in PDF form (36.4 Megs)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

F-15B (TF-2) Bicentennial/World Tour Photos

f_15_Bi_Cent Additional photos sent to me on the F-15B (TF-2) Bicentennial or World Tour. Credit: FFRC Photo Collection and as marked

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Original posts here and here

Friday, August 12, 2016

Skylab Reference Booklet

Scan200 The Skylab reference booklet handed out by McDonnell Douglas

Click here to download booklet in PDF form (42.8 Megs)

Skylab press releases and photos here.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

F-15 Korean Media Tour Briefing Report

F-15_Korean_Media_Tour_Briefing_Kor_rev2_01F-15_Korean_Media_Tour_Briefing_Kor_rev2_03 As part of South Korea's F-X III fighter program competition, Boeing proposed the F-15SE Silent Eagle (or the F-15 Slam Eagle) and prepared this report for use during a media tour Of South Korea. (I can’t get use to the canted verticals on an F-15!) Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download report in PDF form (2.6 Megs)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More F-16 Fighting Falcon Lithographs

Scan045 A couple more of original General Dynamic lithographs on the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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Original F-16 Litho post here

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

F/A-18A General Arrangement Drawing

FA-18A General Arrangement Oct-9-81a A 1/20th scale drawing of the F/A-18A aircraft, dated 10/6/81. Great general dimensions. I also included a nice tri-view F/A-18A drawing. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to view drawings

Monday, August 8, 2016

The First German RF-4E (35+01) Photo Article

Scan2836 Dick Powers wrote a this short photo article on the first German RF-4E. Number 35+01, the Spirit of St. Louis.

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More German Rf-4E info here

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Douglas C-132 Update #3

eV3N3  eV3N3_55 Speaking of the C-132 project, for a definitive work on the Douglas C-132, get Scott Lowther’s Aerospace Projects Review EV3N3, here, at a very reasonable cost.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Douglas KC-132 Refueling Tanker

XKC-132A A last “gasp” of the Douglas C-132 program was the proposed KC-132 tanker. Not much is know about it and very little data remains.

Click here to see KC-132 history

Friday, August 5, 2016

Design, Intergration and Testing of the F-15

Design Integration & Testing of the F-15 McAir 74-013_01 Herman Cole’s presentation to the SAE Aerospace Engineering and Manufacturing Meeting in September 1974. McAir report 74-013. A lot of good F-15 information!

Click here to download report in PDF form (88 Megs)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Douglas D-558-3 (Model 671/684)

D558_III_a To complete the D-558 family, this is the Douglas proposal for a D-558 follow-on (Model 671) and then for an early X-15 configuration (Model 684). Credit: Steeljaw Scribe

Click here to view info

Read the story here and here or here

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Toward Mach 2 - The Douglas D-558 Program

Toward Mach 2 - The Douglas D-558 Program  A nice report from a NASA/Dryden Flight Reasearch Center Symposium, with reports dating from 1948 to 1998 and edited by J. D. Hunley. Part of the great NASA History Series. The report covers both the Douglas D-558-1 and D-558-2 aircraft. Lots of photos, graphs and design info.

Click here to download the report in PDF form (20.5 Megs)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket Photos

D-558-2_67 Photos of the D-558-1’s successor, the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket. Another beautiful Douglas aircraft. Credit: NACA/NASA, et al

Click here to view photos

Skyrocket Walk-a-Round photos here and here

Skyrocket movie here

Monday, August 1, 2016

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

D55807 A few more Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak photos. (What can I say, I like the aircraft!)

Click here to view photos Top 50 blog award!