Wednesday, August 12, 2020

F/A-18A Cockpit Walk Around

23 Forty photos of an F/A-18A Cockpit walk around with ejection seat photos. Credit: Nick Kiriokos

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

McDonnell Flight Test Team Article

Scan0042 A short ;but, nice article on our (McAir) Flight Test Pilot’s. Yes, I knew all three of them! Good people.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

McDonnell KUD-1 Gargoyle Development and Test

5 - Gargoyle Development (300 DPI)_01A copy of the final report on the development and development test of the McDonnell KUD-1 Gargoyle drone. Report No. R-0092. Dated 27 March 1947. 

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Airspeed Horsa Glider Pilot's Notes

 Untitled 1A copy of the Pilot’s Notes (AP 2097-A) for the Airspeed Horsa Glider. Dated 1944.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Stinson L-5/B/C/E and OY-1 Sentinel Pilot's Manual

Stinson L-5 Sentinel Pilot's Manual_01 A copy of the Pilot’s Manual (AN 01-50DB-1) for the Stinson L-5/B/C/E and OY-1 Sentinel aircraft. Dated 23 June 1945.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Janes Air-Launched Weapons

Janes Air Launched Weapons_01 A copy of Janes Janes Air-Launched Weapons. Dated June 1997.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Boeing V-22 Osprey Guidebook

Boeing V-22 Osprey Guidebook_01 A copy of the Boeing V-22 Osprey Guidebook. Dated 2011. Credit: Steve Lasday Collection

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Vought Corsair I-IV Pilot’s Notes

Untitled 1 A copy of the Pilot's Note’s, AP 235-1A,B,C & D, for the Vought Corsair I-IV  aircraft. Dated 1944.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Models of Fighting Planes

Models of Fighting Planes The paper-plane construction style of this book was developed by Wallis Rigby, an Englishman. He was internationally known for his paper models ofairplanes, ships and trains. This is one of Rigby’s many books of paper-model WWII airplanes. Rigby is generally credited with developing and popularizing the tab-and-slot type of paper-model construction. This simpli-
fied construction gave thousands of young modelers their first experience with model airplanes. Credit Phil Koopman, Sr.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Models of Warplanes of the World

Models of Warplanes of the World_01 Paper models of all types are popular in many countries. Called Paper-Card Modeling in Europe, it spans the range from simple folded-paper darts, to complex three-dimensional models of airp|anes, ships and buildings. The paper-plane construction style of this bookwas developed by Wallis Rigby, an Englishman. He was internationally know for his paper models ofairplanes, ships and trains. This is one of Rigby’s many books of paper-model WWII airplanes.
Rigby is generally credited with developing and popularizing the tab-and-slot type of paper-model construction. This simplified construction gave thousands of young modelers their first experience with model airplanes. Credit Phil Koopman, Sr.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

North American F-86E Erection and Maintenance Instructions

F-86E Erection and Maintenance Instructions_01 A copy of to 1f-f-86-2 for the Erection and Maintenance Instructions on the North American F-86E aircraft, dated 20 December 1952.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

North American F-86H Flight Manual

North American F-86H Flight Manual_01 A copy of the North American F-86H Flight Manual, T.O. 1F-86H-1. Dated February 26 1960. This is a later copy of the manual.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

An Overview of AutoGyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane

An Overview of AutoGyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane_001 A copy of the NASA/CR-2003-212799 booklet on An Overview of AutoGyros and the McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane. Dated October 2003. Written by Franklin D. Harris. Prepared for the Ames Research Center. A bit dry; but, a lot of great XV-1 photos and info.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Grumman F8F-1/1B/1N/2/2N/2P Bearcat Pilot's Handbook

Grumman F8F(F8F-11B1N22N2P) Bearcat Pilot's Handbook_01 A copy of AN 01-85FD-1, the Grumman F8F-1/1B/1N/2/2N/2P Bearcat Pilot's Handbook. Dated  1 December 1949.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Gloster Meteor Mk 7 Pilot’s Notes

Gloster Meteor Mk 7 Pilot's Notes_01 A copy of AP 2210G-PN, the Gloster Meteor Mk 7 Pilot’s Notes. Dated  December 1957.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Champlin Fighter Museum Photos

192-24 The Champlin Fighter Museum was an aircraft museum located at Mesa, Arizona. It specialized in airworthy World War I and World War II fighters. After 22 years of operation, the Museum was closed on May 26, 2003 and its collection was moved to the Museum of Flight at Seattle's Boeing Field.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Aviation Links Page

Untitled 2 A very good web page listing many aviation related web sites. Try it! You will like it! But, be prepared to spend a LOT of time going thru the links!

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Douglas DB-7B Boston III Pilot’s Notes

AP 2023C-PN Boston 3a_01 A copy of AP 2023C, the Douglas DB-7B Boston III Pilots Notes.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Douglas A-20 Havoc II Pilot’s Notes

Douglas A-20 Havoc II Pilot’s Notes_01 A copy of AP 1807B-PN, the Douglas A-20 Havoc II Pilots Notes. Dated July 1941.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Aviation Officers Safety Guide

Aviation Officers Safety Guide_01 The Aviation Safety Oflicer’s Guide is designed primarily to assist the Squadron Aviation Safety Officer in implementing and prosecuting an
active aircraft accident prevention program.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

F/A-18F Super Hornet Walk Around

dayton_fa-18f_07 Walk around photos of the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Location unknown.  Credit: Michael Benolkin

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

WWII Allied and Axis Aircraft 3-view Drawings

WW2_Scale_Drawings_02 A copy of forty 1/72 3-view drawings of WWII Allied and Axis Aircraft. Nice drawings!  Credit: Phil Koopman, Sr

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Monday, July 13, 2020

C-17A Globemaster III Walk Around–Part III

IMG_20110623_0634_jpg-1 Walk around photos of a C-17A Globemaster III. Taken at a paris airport. Credit: G.Galvao

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 4

a9-1 More photos and info on the Northrop A-9A prototype aircraft.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Goodyear GA-468 Inflatoplane (XAO2G-1)–Part II

Goodyear AO-3, Inflatoplane More photos of the Goodyear GA-468 Inflatoplane (XAO2G-1). A very unique aircraft!

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Part I photos here

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Douglas A-26 A/B Erection and Maintenance Manual

Douglas A-26 AB Erection and Maintenance Manual_01 A copy of AN 01-40AJ-2 Erection and Maintenance Manual for the Douglas A-26BA/B Invader aircraft. Dated 20 May 1945.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

F2H-2/2B/2N/2P Banshee Illustrated Parts Breakdown

F2H-2_2B_2N_2P Banshee Illustrated Parts Breakdown_01 A copy of the F2H-2/2B/2N/2P Banshee Illustrated Parts Breakdown manual (An 01-245FBB-4) Dated 1 August 1955.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Additional F-101 Voodoo Patches

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A note from Jari on his submission of these two Vodoo patches: I was with 409 Squadron at CFB Comox many years ago working on the CF-101 Voodoo and here a couple of patches from that era. The top one shows the outline of a Voodoo with the British Columbia flag behind it with 409 All Weather Fighter Squadron on top and British Columbia Air National Guard at the bottom – there is no BCANG just the designer of the patch added it for humour. The bottom patch is the one we had in Load Section where I worked most of the time, the number on the nose of the CF-101 is 571, as our trade was  Weapon Tech Air 571. Credit and thanks to: Jari

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Douglas A4M Skyhawk Flight Manual

Douglas A4M Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Douglas A4M Skyhawk Flight Manual 01-40AVM-1. Dated 1 November 1971.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Douglas B-26B/C and JD-1 Flight Handbook

Douglas B-26BC and JD-1 Flight Handbook_01 A copy of the Douglas B-26B/C and JD-1 Flight Handbook. TO 1B-26B-1. Dated 22 July 1953.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Douglas B-26K Illustrated Parts Breakdown

Douglas B-26K Illustrated Parts Breakdown_01 A copy of the Douglas B-26K Illustrated Parts Breakdown manual. TO 1B-26K-4. Dated 15 September 1965.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Douglas A-20A Havoc Flight Instructions Handbook

Douglas A-20A Havoc Flight Instructions Handbook_02 A copy of the Douglas A-20A Havoc Flight Instructions Handbook (TO 01-40AB-1). dated March 15 1941.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Consolidated B-32 Dominator Flight Manual

Consolidated B-32 Dominator Flight Manual_01 A copy of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator Flight Manual. Dated 15 July 1945.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Avro Lancaster I/III/X Pilot’s Notes

Avro Lancaster I III X Pilots Notes_01 A better copy of the Pilot’s Notes (A.P. 2062A-P.N.) for the Avro Lancaster I/III/X aircraft. Dated May 1944. Thanks Steve! Credit: Steve Billings

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Douglas Dakota IV Pilot’s Notes

Douglas Dakota Pilots Notes_01 A copy of the Pilot’s Notes (A.P. 2445D-P.N.) for the Douglas Dakota IV aircraft. Dated June 1946.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Avro Lancaster I/III/VII/X Pilot’s Notes

Avro Lancaster I III VII X Pilot’s Notes_01 A copy of the Pilot’s notes (A.P. 2062A-P.N.) for the Avro Lancaster I/III/VII/X aircraft. Dated May 1944.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Towing with the Vertol 44 Brochure

Towing with the Vertol 44 Brochure_01 A Vertol company brochure that ilustrates the towing capacities of the Vertol 44 (Military H-21 Workhorse) helicopter. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Monday, June 22, 2020

McDonnell Alpha Draco Missile–30th Year Reunion

20200619_152737_0001 A decent xerox of the Alpha Draco Missile – 30th Year Reunion Notes. Lots of info on this little known project. Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter Collection

ALPHA DRACO [Air Force)
Air-to-surface experimental missile entered by McDonnell
Aircraft in the BOLD ORION (later SKYBOLT) competition.
Solid propellant. Mission: to demonstrate the feasibility of air-
launched ballistic missiles.

ALPHA DRACO Fact Sheet
Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

From:  https://www.spaceline.org/rocketsum/alpha-draco.html

Classification: Research Rocket

Length: 46 feet, 1 inch

Diameter: 2 feet, 7 inches

Finspan: 7 feet, 1 inch

Alpha Draco, also known as Model 122B Test Vehicle, was built by McDonnell Aircraft in support of Air Force high-altitude research activities. Just three were launched from Cape Canaveral.

Launched from a mobile trailer/erector launcher designed for the Honest John missile, Alpha Draco was a two-stage solid-fueled rocket. It carried an aeroballistic nosecone payload.

Although the rocket was launched like a ballistic missile weapon, the payload was designed to reach a high altitude, then be placed on a level flight path by utilizing its own lifting characteristics, which could be done without the use of wings.

Since the payload could then glide toward its target unpowered, without reaching space altitudes, a weapon utilizing this capability could theoretically carry a heavier weapons payload than a purely ballistic missile weapon. It would not need to fly as high to be able to cover the same distances.

The concept was known as boost-glide since the first and second stage boosters would carry the payload to its desired altitude, then the payload would glide toward its target.

It had been called the skip-bomber by German rocket scientists during World War II, although the Germans could never thoroughly test the theory. Alpha Draco, on the other hand, successfully tested the technique, which had been studied and refined carefully by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) well into the 1950's.

In a typical flight profile, the Alpha Draco was launched on a nearly horizontal angle of about 100 degrees. The first stage booster shut down and was jettisoned at an altitude of about 42,000 feet, then the unpowered second stage and payload continued a ballistic trajectory. The second stage fired at an altitude of about 65,000 feet.

The second stage burned out at an altitude of about 92,000 feet about 40 miles downrange of the launch site. The aeroballistic payload, which remained attached to the second stage, then achieved a nearly level glide path, gradually decreasing its altitude until being programmed to begin a terminal dive and impact the ocean about 240 miles downrange of the launch site.

In addition to validating the boost-glide concept, Alpha Draco yielded important data on the aerodynamics of hypersonic flight as well as materials that can withstand high temperatures. The payload employed a pioneering slow roll as it glided to help distribute heat evenly throughout the structure. Although short-lived, the program was valuable in U.S. missile technology evolution.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

FH-1 Phantom Pilots Handbook

FH-1 Phantom Pilots Handbook_01 A copy of Navy Pilot’s Handbook #AN 01-245FA-1, for the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom aircraft, dated 1 September, 1949.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

RF/YRF-101A Voodoo Flight Manual

RF_YRF-101A Voodoo Flight Manual_01  A copy of the USAF Flight Manual TO-1F-101(R)(Y)A-1 for the McDonnell RF/YRF-101A Voodoo aircraft. Dated 1 November 1961.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

William Phillips–Aviation Artist

BP00211lg William Phillips is now a renowned aviation artist and the artist of choice for many collectors. Here is a selection of his aviation art.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Brightest New Jet Under the Sun

Scan-013a A company brochure introducing the DC-10 aircraft. Has 3-view drawings and other info. Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter Collection

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Shuttle Orbiter Aft Propulsion System

Scan-010 A short company brochure to introduce the Shuttle Orbiter Aft Propulsion System as built by McDonnell Douglas. Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter Collection

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Friday, June 12, 2020

America’s 20th Century Space Travelers

Scan-009 A great two sheet listing of all Mecury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab missions. From Mcdonell Douglas Corp. Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter Collection

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

F-101 Voodoo Patches

Voodoo 1Voodoo 3Voodoo 2 Several original McDonell F-101 VooDoo patches. Credit: L.M. “Roy” Reitter Collection

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

McDonnell F4H-1 - Early Internal Memos

McDonnell F4H-1 - Early Internal Memos_01 A number of early McDonell internal company memos on the F4H-1 project. Interesting reading! Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

F-101B Voodoo and Cockpit Layout Walk Around

800px-57-0282_McDonnell_F-101B_Voodoo_U.S._Air_Force_(8739179526) A few walk around photos of McDonnell F-101B-85-MC Voodoo Serial: 57-0282 at Pima Air and Space Museum, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ. Credit Michael Benolkin

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