Saturday, October 1, 2016

Douglas A-4E/F Skyhawk Flight Manual

NAVAIR 01-40AVC-1 [March 1977]_01 A copy of the updated Navair 01-40AVC-1 NATOPS Flight Manual for the Douglas A-4E/F aircraft, dated 1 March 1977. Added A-4F model aircraft. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (154.7 Megs)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Douglas A-4C/L Skyhawk Pilot's Pocket Checklist

 Douglas A-4C_L Skyhawk Pilot's Pocket Checklist_01 A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVC-1 NATOPS Pilot's Pocket Checklist for the Douglas A-4C/L aircraft, dated 1 May 1976. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download the checklist in PDF form (26.5 Megs)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Douglas A-4C/L Skyhawk Flight Manual

NAVAIR 01-40AVE-1_01 A copy of the NAVAIR 01-40AVE-1 NATOPS Flight Manual for the Douglas A-4C/L aircraft, dated 1 April 1977. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (71.9 Megs)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Douglas A-4A/B/C Skyhawk Standardization Manual

Untitled 3 A copy of the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Manual for the Douglas A-4E aircraft, dated 15 October 1963. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download manual in PDF form (7.1 Megs)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Douglas A4D-1/A4D-2 Skyhawk Flight Manual

Untitled 1   A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVA-1 NATOPS Flight Handbookl for the Douglas A4D-1/A4D-2 aircraft, dated 1 January 1962. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Note:The A4D-1 became the A-4A, the A4D-2 became A-4B

Click here to download the manual in PDF form (24.9 Megs)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Douglas A-4E Skyhawk Flight Manual

NAVAIR 01-40AVC-1 [November 1966]_01  A copy of the NAVWEPS 01-40AVC-1 NATOPS Flight Manual for the Douglas A-4E aircraft, dated 15 November 1966. Credit: Irfan S. Hokan

Click here to download manual in PDF form (57.5)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Amateur Rocketeers of America

Untitled 11 Rocket Manual for Amateurs - By Capt. Bertrand R. Brinley (Ballantine Books - 1960 OK, this blog entry is for me and my Kids and Grandkids!

I was brought up at the very start of the Space Race (1957-1958), and I wanted to be a Rocket Engineer. The problem was that no one gave out a Rocket Engineer degree; so, I became an Aeronautical Engineer (My second love!).

Long before the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) came into being, there was another organization for kids who wanted to build and launch high-powered amateur experimental rockets. It was called the Amateur Rocketeers of America (ARA). Founded by John Carlson, this organization was in existence from 1958 through about 1963. The ARA had an official Army Captain named Bertrand R. Brinley as liasion for young people who were into rocket design and Launching.

My buddy, Vernell Curvey and I were rocket nuts and joined the ARA in 1960. We even had the official ARA jackets and met the Capt. for a convention at Camp Atterbury, Indiana in 1961. (The ARA blockhouse still stands at Camp Atterbury, 43 years after the Army closed the launch facility.)

Our “Bible” was the “Rocket Manual For Amateurs” by the Capt. and was helped out by the latest ESTES catalogue’s design information. (See below)

My buddy and I were only Juniors in High School; but, had to learn Advanced Calculus in order to design the 4 ft rockets that we made using Zinc Dust/Sulphur or Sugar/Potassium Nitrate and even Gunpowder! (Hey, it was a very different world back them.) Except for being set in West Virginia while we were in Southern Illinois , view the movie “October Sky” to see our rocket making journey.

I have attached photos of my jacket, an early Estes catalogue, Alpha and Beta rocket plans that we made, our early rocket designs and some early calculations.

I told my family about my adventures for MANY years and now I can show them.

Click here to view info

Click here to download the rocket manual in PDF form (16.70)

Click here for a "Rocket College" story

Saturday, September 24, 2016

F-4 Phantom II Compass Ghost Lights

Visual Stealth - Compass Ghost - F-4 Phantom lights I love special, one off, projects; so, I was happy to find this. This is the origin of the F-4 Compass Ghost paint scheme. Credit: A very eclectic blog here

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Original Bayou Renaissance Man Article

Friday, September 23, 2016

More F-4 Phantom II Development and 3-View Drawings

Scan101 Another really good side view/development and 3-view illustrations on the F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Again, I don’t know the credit!

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Earlier blog post on this subject

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Royal Canadian Navy F2H-3 Banshees

Scan025 A short; but, really great article from IPMS Canada on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) use and markings of the F2H-3 McDonnell Banshee. Written by R. Migliardi and G. Marshall for the IPMS Canadian publication, Random Thoughts, Vol 15. (A consistently first class quarterly!) Credit: International Plastic Modellers' Society – Canada

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yokota Air Base Japan Miscellaneous Photos

Scan0009 Bart Coleman’s short article on the aircraft at the Yokota Air Base in Japan during the late 1940’s. This includes rare photos of an active duty Northrop F-15A Reporter (#45-59316). Written for the McAir Phantom Flyer club magazine.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

XF-88 Early Three View Drawing

Stitched Page 1 A  copy of an early three view drawing of the XF-88 aircraft. (Original and a cleaned-up copy)

Compare with the 1947 General Arrangement Army Fighter concept drawing here.

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