Friday, March 1, 2013

5000 th F-4 Phantom II Bluebook

In May of 1978, McDonnell Douglas issued a booklet to commemorate the 5000 th Phantom II produced. Myself, Bob Pukala and several of my aviation historian friends were tasked with the makeup of this booklet. We looked through thousands of photos, added captions and wrote letters to get permission to publish several pictures. While it had limited distribution, it was wildly received!

 Download the F-4 Bluebook as a PDF here

Federal Standard 595C



Federal Standard 595B has been revised to 595C.
The main reason for revising the document was to add 39 new colors, and to update associated media (fan deck and individual color chips). Revision B of FED-STD-595 was published in December 1989, and Change 1 was posted January 1994; . . . so the document was overdue for update/validation.

Federal Standard 595 is a document used to reference colors procured by the federal government. The new document includes 650 colors referenced by a 5 digit color chip number. This standard is used for a variety of federal supplies, but is most frequently used for paints and coatings (FSC 8010). FED-STD-595 incorporates a color fan deck (NSN 7690-01-162-2210) which provides a visual reference for each of the 650 colors. It also has provisions for 4-7/8 x 2-7/8” individual color chips which are used for spectrophotometric color matching.
Info from the: Federal Standard 595, “Colors Used in Government Procurement” Frequently Asked Questions.

View Federal Standard 595C here as a web page!
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Download the Federal Standard 595C as a PDF file!

Gam-72 (ADM-20) Missile Pictures and Articles


GAM-72 The Quail, originally designated the GAM-72, was an air-launched decoy missile carried by the B-52 strategic bomber. Designed to produce a radar images very similar to that of the B-52 and to fly at approximately the same speed and altitude, the Quail was planned to be used during an actual bombing attack to confuse an enemy's defensive radar network. With both Quails and B-52s penetrating the enemy's air space, it would be difficult to distinguish one from the other on his radar.

In order to fit inside the B-52 bomb bay, the Quail was equipped with folding wings. During launch, the wings unfolded for flight.

Engine: General Electric J85-GE-3 of 2,450 lbs. thrust
Operating speed: 650 mph
Range: 400 miles
Service ceiling: Over 50,000 ft.
Span: 2 ft. 5 in. (wings folded); 5 ft. 5 in. (wings unfolded)
Length: 12 ft. 11 in.
Height: 2 ft. 2 in. (wings folded); 3 ft. 4 in. (wings unfolded)
Weight: 1,198 lbs.
Information from National Museum of the USAF - Fact Sheet (See references)
View the GAM-72 pictures here
View the GAM-72 references here
View the GAM-72 Lithograph PDF here

XV-1 (XH-35) Convertiplane Pictures and Articles

XV-1 The McDonnell XV-1 was an experimental compound helicopter, developed for a joint research program with the United States Air Force and the United States Army. It was designated a "convertiplane" and explored technologies to develop an aircraft that could take off and land like a helicopter but fly at faster airspeeds, similar to a conventional airplane. The XV-1 would reach a speed of 200 mph (322 km/h), faster than any previous rotorcraft, but the program was terminated due to the complexity of the technology which gave only a modest gain in performance. Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rotor Diameter: 9.5m (31 ft)
Wingspan: 7.9 m (26 ft)
Length: 9.1 m (30 ft)
Height: 3.3 m (10 ft 9 in)
Weights: Empty, 1,940 kg (4,277 lb)
Gross, 2,497 kg (5,505 lb)
Engine: Continental R-975-19 air-cooled radial, 550 horsepower
Crew : 2
Information from National Air and Space Museum - Fact Sheet (See references)
View the XV-1 pictures here
View the XV-1 references here
View the XV-1 development article PDF here

F-4 Phantom Pictures

F-4 These F-4 Phantom pictures are from the collection of Ron Downey.
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