Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Northrop - An Aeronautical History

A company written commemorative book on the airplane designs and concepts of the Northrop Company. Authored by Fred Anderson. Dated 1976.

Download here or here (62.2 Megs)

Monday, June 24, 2019

McDonnell V-1 Jeep Helicopter Report

A copy of the V-1 Jeep Helicopter Report No 5181. Dated 18 February 1957. Credit: Mike DeGarcia Collection

Download here or here or here (11.6 Megs)

Friday, June 21, 2019

McDonnell Aircraft XAUM-N-6 Puffin/Kingfisher F Photos–Part II

A few more McDonnell Aircraft XAUM-N-6 Puffin/Kingfisher F Photos and illustrations.

Download here or here (11.3 Megs)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

McDonnell Aircraft XAUM-N-6 Puffin/Kingfisher F Photos–Part I

A number of factory photos of the little known McDonnell Aircraft XAUM-N-6 Puffin anti-ship missile.

From designation-systems.info: “The Puffin was part of the Kingfisher family of guided anti-ship/anti-submarine weapons, which was developed under the prime contract of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). Originally begun as Kingfisher F in February 1947, it was redesignated in September that year as AUM-6 (AUM-N-6 from early 1948) Puffin. The development of Puffin was subcontracted by the NBS to McDonnell, and flight tests of XAUM-N-6 prototypes occurred in the 1948/49 time frame.

The XAUM-N-6 was basically a lightweight homing torpedo in a simple airframe with straight wings, a V-type tailplane, a pulsejet for propulsion, and a radar seeker. After launch from medium altitude, the missile would drop to about 60 m (200 ft) and home on the target (a surface ship or a surfaced submarine) using its active radar homing guidance system. Shortly before the target was reached, the torpedo would drop into the water for its terminal run on the target vessel.

The AUM-N-6 program was short-lived, though, and development was halted in October 1949.” Credit: Company photos from Gerald Balzer/Mark Nankivil

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More info here and here

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Boeing CH-47 Maintenance Flight Test Handbook

A copy of the Maintenance Flight Test Handbook for the Boeing CH-47 Helicopter. Manual is CH-47 AMTPC, dated 1 October 1968. Credit: Chinook-Helicopter.com

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin Flight Manual–U.S. Coast Guard

A copy of the Flight Manual for the Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter for the U.S. Coast Guard. Manual is CGTO 1H-65C-1, dated 25 August 2005. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (16 Megs)

Monday, June 17, 2019

Airfix Magazines - 1976

All of the Airfix Magazines for 1976. All issues.

Download here or here (33.5 Megs)

Friday, June 14, 2019

F-101 Voodoo Building and History Article

A copy of an article from the October issue of Aerei Modellismo magazine. While primarily a modeling article in Italian, it has a lot of drawings and color and marking schemes!

Downlad here or here (2.9 Megs)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Last Flight of the X-2

A nice article from the March 1957 issue of the Air Force Magazine on The Last Flight of the X-2 aircraft written by Clay Blair, Jr.

Download here or here or here (2.9 Megs)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Boeing X-32 Photos

A number of photos (67) from my archives of the Boeing X-32 aircraft. Most factory!

Download here or here (62.3 Megs)

X-32 videos here

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Flight Magazine Photos

From my AA archives, I have a few of the photos that Flight Magazine published over the years. Credit: Flight Magazine

Download here or here (189 Megs)

Flight free library here

Monday, June 10, 2019

Boeing X-32B Walk Around

Some nice detail shots of the Boeing X-32B. This aircraft is on display at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Credit: Howard Mason

Download here or here (88.6 Megs)

Additional photos here

Youtube videos here

Friday, June 7, 2019

Apollo eBook for PC–An Illustrated Moonship Book

A wonderful illustrated e-book on the Apollo Moonships. Much, much info and drawings! Credit: Carlos Clariván via de-la-terre-a-la-lune

Note: This is an EXE file; but, it has been scanned is is virus free. Enjoy!

Download here or here (138.8 Megs)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Blimp Photos and Info

A number of Blimp photos and Blimp info.

Download here or here (54.7 Megs)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

McAir Product Advertisements Sheets

Here are a number of McDonnell Douglas “one page” ad sheets that were produced over the years for various magazines and publications.

Download here or here (136 Megs)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

F-4A Phantom II Walk Around

Walk around photos of F-4A-4-MC Bu No. 148273. Taken at the Air Victory Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (See previous post). Credit: Bill Maloney

From the Air Victory Museum website:

“The F-4 on display was not originally an F-4A. She started life as a pre-production F4H-1, and was upgraded to F-4A standard. Only 45 F-4As were built before production switched over to the F-4B. Most of the 45 F-4As built served in research and training roles, and very few ever reached squadron service as they were not considered fully operational. Aircraft from Block 3 onward served in the East Coat and West Coast Replacement Air Groups to train crews and to perfect operational techniques. The F-4 was delivered to the Air Victory Museum by heavy left helicopter from Lakehurst, NJ. Since she had been sitting for an extended period of time, the paint was rather worn and faded. We have re-painted the aircraft in the colors of VF-84, the "Jolly Rogers".”

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Air Victory Museum Photos

A tour of the Air Victory Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They have an F-4A aircraft! Credit: Bill Maloney

Display Info here

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Friday, May 31, 2019

FA-18A Hornet Walk Around

FA-18A Hornet (162843) walk around photos.  Credit: Bill Spidle

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Aviation Hall of Fame Of New Jersey Museum Photos

A tour of the Aviation Hall of Fame Of New Jersey Museum in Teterboro, NJ. Credit: Bill Maloney

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Exhibits descriptions are here

Exhibits self tour here or here

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

American Airpower Museum Photos

A tour of the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, NY. Credit: Bill Maloney

Aircraft collection here

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

American Helicopter Museum Photos

A tour of the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Credit: Bill Maloney

Download here or here (117.8 Megs)

More photos here

Monday, May 27, 2019

Western Museum of Flight Photos

A tour of the Western Museum in Torrance, CA. Operated by the: Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov and WMoF

Download here or here (35.5 Megs)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Royal Air Force Camouflage of WWII

A copy of Airfix magazine’s Royal Air Force Camouflage of WWII. Dated 1975.

Download here or here (30.3 Megs)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

North American F-86E Flight Handbook

A copy of the TO 1F-86E-1(AN 01-60JLB-1) Flight Handbook for the North American F-86E aircraft, dated 5 November 1954. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (65 Megs)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

North American F-86D Flight Manual

A copy of the AN 01-60JLC-1 Flight Handbook for the North American F-86D aircraft, dated 25 June 1953. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (41.6 Megs)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

North American F-86A Flight Manuals

A copy of three T.O. 1F-86A-1 Flight Handbooks for the North American F-86A aircraft, dated 25 October 1951, 30 July 1952, and 30 August 1957. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download 1851 copy here or here

Downoad 1952 copy here or here

Download 1957 copy here or here

Monday, May 20, 2019

North American F-86 Sabre Info and Photos

A number (417) of other North American F-86 Sabre Info and Photos that I have gathered. All marks and countries included. Credit: As marked and Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Download here or here (172 Megs)

Friday, May 17, 2019

North American F-86 Sabre Photos

A number of F-86 Photos from the William Rudolph Collection (63 Photos).

Download here or here (50.5 Megs)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

McDonnell Aircraft Gargoyle Article

A nice short article on the McDonnell Aircraft LBD-1 Gargoyle (later KSD-1, KUD-1 and RTV-N-2) missile. From the book Secret Gadgets and Strange Gizmos. Written by Bill Yenne.

Download here or here (0.75 Meg)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

McDonnell Aircraft Gargoyle Photos

“The LBD-1 Gargoyle (later KSD-1, KUD-1 and RTV-N-2) was an American air-to-surface missile developed during World War II by McDonnell Aircraft for the United States Navy. One of the precursors of modern anti-ship missiles, it was extensively used as a test vehicle during the late 1940s.” (Wikipedia)

“The Gargoyle, was a radio-controlled, rocket-propelled, air-to-surface U.S. Navy missile. It was designed during World War II for use against ships and was launched from carrier-based planes. The Gargoyle used a 1,000-pound warhead. The range was from five to seven miles with a speed of about 600 miles per hour. The powerplant was a standard Aerojet solid-fuel JATO (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) unit delivering 1,000 pounds of thrust for eight seconds.
Tests were carried in 1945, and it was too late to be used in the war. But testing was continued, especially of its autopilot and other components until its cancellation in 1947.” (National Air and Space Museum)

Credit: Company photos from Gerald Balzer/Mark Nankivil

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Article

A very nice article on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. With info, drawings and markings. From the Jan-March issue of Aero Australia magazine.

Download here or here (9.4 Megs)

Monday, May 13, 2019

WWII American Aircraft Identification Chart

  WWII American Aircraft Identification Chart. Published by Flight magazine.

Download here or here or here (1.9 Megs)

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Rocket–History and Development

A nice little book on the History and Development of Rocket and Missile Technology. Written by David Baker, Ph.D.

Download here or here or here (53.4 Megs)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Imperial War Museum Booklet

A copy of the Imperial War Museum Booklet with all the info and exhibits in the museum. Dated 1996.

Download here or here or here (21 Megs)

My photos taken in the museum here

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

USAF Air Power Yearbook 2016

The USAF Air Power Yearbook is published each year. This one is for the year 2016. Credit: Grumm

Download here or here or here

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

P&W Engines Used in F4U Corsair Report

A copy of the Pratt & Whitney company report, PWA Inst. 434, on the P&W Engines Used in the F4U Corsair aircraft.  Dated 21 September 1953 Credit: Mark Nankivil

Download here or here (32.2 Megs)

Monday, May 6, 2019

McDonnell F3H Demon Detailed 3-View Drawing–Revisited

Tommy Thomason sent me a note about inacuracies in the McDonnell F3H Demon Detailed 3-View Drawing I posted a few days ago!

So, in his words: ”The multi-view F3H drawing you posted is both very detailed and somewhat inaccurate. The major error is that it depicts the wing as having anhedral when it has zero dihedral. See tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2014/03/anhedraldihedral-and-wing-sweep.html

Unfortunately, this is the sort of drawing that plastic-model kit makers rely on all too often.

Attached is a McDonnell lines drawing. If I had time, I'd superimpose a trace of it over the drawing you posted that would identify other errors like the airfoil at the wing root and the cross section at the cockpit. The two other drawings are from the SAC.”

Download Tommy’s attached drawings here or here (18 Megs)

F3H-2 Loft Sheet #1 here

F3H-2 Loft Sheet #2 here

F3H-2 Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) here or here (5.8 Megs)

Friday, May 3, 2019

North American F-86L Flight Handbook

A copy of the T.O. 1F-86L-1 Flight Handbook for the North American F-86L aircraft, dated 27 October 1961. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (53.5 Megs)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

WWII Plane Spotter ID Booklet

A copy (Minus covers) of the WWII Plane Spotter ID Booklet. Dated from WWII.

Download here or here (33 Megs)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Northrop F-5E/F Flight Manual

A copy of the Flight Manual, T.O. 1F-5E-1 for the F-5E/F aircraft. Dated 15 November 1990.

Download here or here or here (19.8 Megs)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

McDonnell F3H Demon Detailed 3-View Drawing

A very detailed 3-view and history drawing of the McDonnell F3H Demon.

Download here or here (17 Megs)

Monday, April 29, 2019

North American B-25J Mitchell III Pilot's Notes

A copy of AP 2341C-PN, the North American B-25J Mitchell III Pilots Notes, with Cyclone R-2600-29 Engines. Dated  May 1945.

Download here or here or here (4.7 Megs)

Friday, April 26, 2019

North American B-25 Mitchell Pilot’s Manual

A copy of TO No. 01-60GB-1, Pilots Flight Operating Instructions for the North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft. Dated 1944.

Download here or here (10.3 Megs)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender Walk Around

Some nice detail shots of a McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender at the Capital City Airshow 2016, Sacramento, CA. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

Download here or here (117.6 Megs)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

United States Air Forces Europe Yearbook 1990

The United States Air Forces Europe Yearbook is published each year. This one is for the year 1990. Credit: Dimarik

Download here or here (78 Megs)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

United States Air Forces Europe Yearbook 1991

  The United States Air Forces Europe Yearbook is published each year. This one is for the year 1991. Credit: Dimarik

Download here or here (23 Megs)

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Aviation Art of Shigeo Koike

“Shigeo Koike, known outside of Japan for the package art he has created for Hasegawa plastic model kits, is considered by fans to be the finest aviation artist in the world today. And they have a powerful argument: While maintaining an almost photographic accuracy in his subjects, he still manages to keep his works very much in the realm of fine art.” From Shigeo Koike Gallery

Download here or here (10.3 Megs)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Navy’s Statement on the F3H-1N Demons

October 1955 McAir Airscoop article with the official Navy statement on the first, underpowered Demons. Credit: William Rudolph collection

Download here or here

Additional F3H-1 Demon photos here

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Douglas/Doak VZ-4DA VTOL Photos

Doak Model 16 was the first VTOL aircraft to demonstrate the tilt duct concept. It was built by the Doak Aircraft Company of Torrance, CA. The company president, Edmond R. Doak, had experimented with ducted fan and various other air moving principles since 1935. He first proposed a VTOL aircraft using the tilt duct principle to the military as early as 1950. The U.S. Army Transportation Research and Engineering Command purchased a single Doak 16, designated the VZ-4DA, serial number 56-9642. The Army issued the contract to Doak on April 10, 1956.

By late 1960, Doak was in serious financial trouble. They sold the patent rights and all engineering files to Douglas Aircraft, in nearby Long Beach (Edmond Doak had worked at Douglas in the 1930s and certainly still had many friends there). Doak finally closed its doors early in 1961. Douglas liked the aircraft and had some ideas for improving it, primarily by installing a larger engine and making numerous structural improvements. They made an unsolicited proposal to the Army in 1961, but could not sell their ideas. The Doak 16 remained at NASA Langley until August of 1972. Eventually it was transferred to the U.S. Army Transportation Command Museum at Fort Eustis, VA, near Newport News, where it is on display.

Download photos here (0.5 Meg)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Douglas A-26B/C Pilot's Handbook

A copy of AN 01-40AJ-1 Pilot's Handbook for the Douglas A-26B/C Invader aircraft. Dated 24 January 1946.

Download here or here  (4.2 Megs)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Douglas Aircraft Model 725

Standard Aircraft Characteristics for the Douglas Aircraft Model 725. The Model 725 carrier based attack airplane was a single place, jet-powered design proposal. It was basically
identical to the Model A4D—5 except for a new nose section and a modified cockpit. Modal 725 was capable of accomplishing a low altitude close support mission. 

A modified long range, low altitude attack mission could have been completed at 8OO N.Mi. radius without refueling and a 1000 N.Mi. radius mission is available with one
refueling from another Model 725 airplane. Dated 15 August 1957. Credit: AlternateWars

Note: Not much is known about this proposal; so, if anyone has any info – please share!

Download here or here or here (7.8 Megs)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawk Flight Handbook

A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVB-1 Flight Handbook for the Douglas A4D-2N aircraft, dated 1 October1959. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (27 Megs)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Messerschmitt Bf-109G6 Pilot Training Manual

A copy of the Messerschmitt Bf-109G6 Pilot Training Manual (Translated into English), dated 1944 - 1952.

Download here or here or here (12.7 Megs)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Messerschmitt BF-109G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual

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

Download here or here or here

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Messerschmitt BF-109K-4 Pilot’s Notes

A copy of the Messerschmitt BF-109K-4 Pilot’s Notes (In German), dated December 1944.

Download here or here or here (1 Meg)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

McAir 1000th Aircraft Airscoop Article

An article ‘Brief Pause”, in the McDonnell Airscoop on the delivery of the 1000th aircraft, an f3H-1N Demon on December 29th, 1954. Dated January 1955.

Download here or here (9 Megs)

Monday, April 8, 2019

F-101 Voodoo Airscoop Introduction Articles

McAir F-101 Voodoo Airscoop introduction articles. Interesting reading. Dated December 1954.

Download here or here or here (0.7 Megs)

Friday, April 5, 2019

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Booklet

A very nice booklet on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress put out by the Strombecker model company. Dated 1946.

Download here or here or here (12 Megs)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Douglas A-26 Invader Pilot Training Manual

A copy of the Pilot Training Manual for the Douglas A-26 Invader aircraft. Dated 1944. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (6.9 Megs)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

More Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket Photos

More photos of the D-558-1’s successor, the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket. A beautiful Douglas aircraft. Credit: NACA/NASA, and as marked

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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

A number of photos for the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak.

Download here or here (21 Megs)

Other photos here

Monday, April 1, 2019

F/A-18C Cockpit Guide To Instruments

A privately produced F/A-18C Cockpit Guide To The Instruments and Proceedures.

The purpose of this document is to provide a quick and easy reference guide with which users can familiarize themselves with the Hornet cockpit and utilize in the event they need a reminder of where a particular control is or what its function is.

Download here or here or here (1.3 Megs)

Friday, March 29, 2019

Douglas F3D Skyknight Photos

  A few photos of the Douglas F3D Skyknight. (Some company photos included.) Credit: Jean and as marked

Download here or here (18.3 Megs)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Few Words–Please Read

 

1. -  Do to the limitations of my photo host (Postimage), I can’t upload any photo or drawing bigger than 10MB to this blog. This means that my very large scans (Up to 52MB) need to be reduced.

When I do that, I realize that some of the smaller lettering can become illegible. If this happens and you really need that drawing, send me an email requesting a larger copy. I may be contacted at: aviationarchives(at)gmail.com

Most of the time, something can be arranged; but, please be patient, as this blog is generating a lot of discussion and requests and I do have a life!.

2. - Note on My Image Holder PostImg message "server not found"

Postimg.org had a registry problem about a year ago and they had to move to Postimg.cc.
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.) Postimg.org becomes Postimg.cc.
Also... any URLs with the prefix "old." need to have that removed completely as well. IE, old.postimg.org/ should be amended to postimg.cc
Let me know if I need to fix any links beyond the dozens that I have already fixed.

3. – Next a plea, if you have any material such as photos, manuals, patches, brochures or drawings. Or anything else, (Especially Douglas, McDonnell Aircraft or McDonnell Douglas); please get in touch with me at the email above and we will work something out to get it published.

After all, that is why I started this blog so as to preserve and disseminate all this material before it is lost or destroyed! I have dumpster dived and grabbed anything I could over the years to save material; but, I have seen way too much of it thrown away. Let’s not let that happen!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Martin RB-26/A and B-26B Pilots Operating Instructions

A copy of TO 01-35EA-1, Pilots Flight Operating Instructions for the Martin RB-26/A and B-26B aircraft. Dated 25 April 1943. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here or here (23.7 Megs)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Martin B-26 Pilot Training Manual

A copy of the Pilot Training Manual for the Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft. Dated 1944. Credit: Anymouse Collection

Download here or here (46.3 Megs)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Flying the Messerschmitt Bf-109E Pilot Report

A short pilot report on Flying the Messerschmitt Bf-109E. This report was written by RAF Boscombe Down personnel. Dated March 1944. Credit: Free check Lists.net

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Martin B-26 Handbook of Operations and Flight Instructions

A copy of the Martin Company issued B-26 Handbook of Operations and Flight Instructions. Dated April 11, 1941.

Download here or here or here (25.6 Megs)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gemini Design and Manufacturing Article

A Titanium Metals Corporation of America reprint of an article in the May 13, 1963 magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology on the Design and Manufacturing of the Gemini spacecraft.

Download here or here or here

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Gemini Spacecraft Airscoop Article

McDonnell Airscoop newspaper article on the end of Gemini and a summation of the Gemini program.. Paper is dated December 1966.

Download here or here or here (4.5 Megs)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

QF-100 Drone Patches and Walk Around Photos

A couple of QF-100 Drone program patches and a walk around of a drone aircraft.

The walk around photos are of the QF-100D (56-3046) Super Sabre at the English Field Museum at Amarillo, TX. Credit: Bill Spidle

Drone patches here

Download photos here or here (3.5 Megs)

Additional QF-100 post here

Monday, March 18, 2019

Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow Photos

A number of photos and drawings of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow.

Download here or here (23.1 Megs)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Arrow Avro CF-105 MK.1 Pilot's Operating Instructions

A copy of the Avro company CF-105 MK.1  Arrow’s Pilot's Operating Instructions. Dated April 1958.

Download here or here or here  (5.3 Megs)

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