Friday, November 30, 2018

Lockheed P-38H/J/L-1&L-5/L-5B Flight Manual

Lockheed P-38HJL-1&L-5L-5B Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions (Flight Manual) for the Lockheed P-38H/J/L-1&L-5/L-5B aircraft. Undated.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

An Illustrated Guide to Prepping and Loading an Atomic Bomb

Untitled 1 A nice, short article written by Ryan Crierie on the prep and loading of the first Atomic bombs onto B-29 bombers. Published in the April 2014 issue of the IPMS Forida chapter’s Pelikan Newsletter. Credit: Pelikan Club

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Large scale photos and article here

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Messerschmitt BF-109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual

Messerschmitt Me-109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual A copy of the Messerschmitt BF-109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual (In English), dated March 1943.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Japanese Aeroplane Identification Manual

Japanese Aircraft Recognition Manual_01 Part five of the Aircraft Identification series of books printed by Aeroplane Magazine. This manual is for Japanese aeroplanes. Dated February 1943.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

High Altitude Evaluation of the Bell 47G-3B Helicopter

High Altitude Bell 47_01 Army Aviation Board report ATBG-SEC AVN 2461.1/62 on the High Altitude Evaluation of the Bell 47G-3B Helicopter.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Douglas A3D Skywarrior Photos and Info

Scan-175 A few factory photos of the Douglas A3D Skywarrior and several fact sheets.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

An Overview of Autogyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane

20080022367_01 NASA/CR booklet No. 2003-212799, An Overview of Autogyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane, dated October 2003. Written by Franklin D. Harris. Credit: NASA.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Military Aviation of Russia (Central Air Force Museum at Monino)

Cover A description of all the exhibits in the Russian Monino Museum. Lots of nice details. Dated 2008.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bell P-63 Kingcobra Flight Manual

Flight Manual - Bell P-63_01 A poor xerox of the Bell Company preliminary Flight Manual for the P-63 aircraft.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

AV-16A/Pegasus 15 Advanced Harrier Report

AV-16A Pegasus 15 Report No. A2908 May-30-74_01 McDonnell Aircraft report No. A2908, dated 30 May 1974, for the proposed advanced Harrier concept using the Pegasus 15 engine. Credit: The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Japanese Aircraft Booklet

Japanese Aircraft_02 An introduction to and descriptions of Japanese aircraft in WWII. Dated 1945. Written by John Stroud. Lots of good illustrations and marking info.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lockheed P-3 Orion Article

Scan-323Scan-325 A large (22 page) article on the Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft. From the MDC Phantom Flyer magazine. Written by Bob Pukala and Fred Roos. A background history and many colors and markings.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Northrop YF-18 Prototype Photos

Untitled 1 Some Northrop YF-18 prototype photos taken at Edwards Air Foce Base by F. B. Mormillo.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

McDonnell Douglas AV-16 Advanced Harrier Article

Untitled 1 An advanced Harrier proposal from 1973. The Advanced Harrier project gained the unofficial designation of AV-16 while Hawker Siddeley assigned the designation of P.1184 to it.

From Wikipedia: “In December 1973, a joint American and British team completed a project document defining an Advanced Harrier powered by the Pegasus 15 engine. The Advanced Harrier was intended to replace the original RAF and USMC Harriers, as well as the USMC's A-4. The aim of the Advanced Harrier was to double the AV-8's payload and range, and was therefore unofficially named AV-16. The British government pulled out of the project in March 1975 owing to decreased defense funding, rising costs, and the RAF's insufficient 60-aircraft requirement.[9][11][12] With development costs estimated to be around £180–200 million (1974 British pounds), the United States was unwilling to fund development by itself, and ended the project later that year.”

See article here

A very good Harrier development article is here

Monday, November 12, 2018

F-4 Modernization Program for the Twenty First Century

F-4-Modernization-Program-for-the-Tw A copy of the McDonnell Douglas Proposal for the F-4 Modernization Program for the Twenty First Century, Vol III – Past Performance. Report MDC A8977, dated 4 January 1985.

Anyone have Vo I and II?

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Friday, November 9, 2018

North American P-51-5/Mustang IV Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions

P-51 Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions_01 A copy of the AN 01-60JE-1 Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the North American P-51D-5 and Mustang IV aircraft. Dated 5 April 1944.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

B-24D Liberator Flight Manual

B-24D Liberator Flight Manual_02 A copy of the Consolidated Aircraft Company’s Flight Manual for the B-24D Liberator aircraft. Dated 15 September 1942.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bell 47G Illustrated Parts Breakdown

Bell 47G Illustrated Parts Breakdown_01 A copy of the Bell Helicopter Company Illustrated Parts Breakdown for the 47G-5 and –5A helicopter. Dated 15 January 1981.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Blog Posting Note

After over four years of posting a new blog entry (1633 so far) everyday except vacations, I find that time and age are not my friends anymore!
Therefore, I will not publish a new blog entry on Saturdays or Sundays from now on.
Increasing family commitments and new ills are taking up the time I need to generate a new post each day!
BTW: As a reminder, this is what it takes to publish this material.
1. First, I have to find the material (Photos, articles, booklets; etc.) This takes a lot of time as I have 11 five-drawer file cabinets and 4 large book cases crammed with material!
2. Then the scanning, at an average of 2 min per scan - well, you do the math - another long process.
3. This is followed by dividing the scans into subject matter folders.
4. After that, each scan goes through a photo manipulation process (Think Photoshop) for cropping, sharpening, color balance and contrast correction, defect elimination; etc. Also, on pages that are larger than my scanner bed, I have to use stitching software to combine 2 or 3 scans into 1 image.
5. When I am happy with this outcome, I need to generate PDF's for some subjects and reduce the PDF size for up and downloading.
6. Next I have to upload the scans to an image service or my own website and obtain shortcut links for use in the blog.
7. The blog entry can now be written.
8. All is uploaded to the blog servers.
So, take a minute when you read a blog and appreciate all the (unpaid) work that goes into each entry!!

Note on My Image Holder PostImg message "server not found" had a registry problem about a year ago and they had to move to
All photos are still available; but, the "CC" must be subtituted for "ORG" in the corresponding URL address to get to the proper place. (Hold cursor over link to get URL address or change in address line.) becomes
Also... any URLs with the prefix "old." need to have that removed completely as well. IE, should be amended to
Let me know if I need to fix any links beyond the several dozen that I have already fixed.
Mr. AA

Bell X-3 Videos

Untitled 1Untitled 2 Several videos of the Bell X-5 in flight. Credit: YouTube

Click here to download videos in one ZIP file (76.3 Megs)

Monday, November 5, 2018

F-4E Phantoms at DaNang Air Base

Danang-F-4-F-4-131313 421st BLACK WIDOW F-4E’s at Udorn Air Base in Vietnam, circa 1969 . The squadron was briefly re-equipped with the RF-4C reconnaissance version of the Phantom, before being equipped with the F-4E, the last and most advanced version of the Phantom. Combat missions continued in Southeast Asia until the cease-fire on 28 January 1973, in Laos until February 1973, and in Cambodia until 15 August 1973. Credit: Tim White

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Douglas Skyraider Photos

MyAlbumName003 A number of  photos of the Douglas Skyraider family. Credit: William Rudolph Collection.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Aircraft Recognition for the Ground Observer

Blog Photo A copy of AF manual 355-10 covering Aircraft Recognition for the Ground Observer. LOTS of info and aircraft characteristics. Dated March 1955.

Download here or here (20 Megs) Top 50 blog award!