Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SR-71A Flight Manual (Declassified)

SR-71 Flight Manual (Declassified)_001 A copy of the SR-71A-1 (Declassified) Flight Manual for the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird aircraft, dated 31 July 1989. Credit: Scribd.com

This is over 90% of the actual SR-71 DASH-1 manual. The sole section that remains classified is the section on the ASARS-1 Synthetic Apeture Radar, which I believe is still being used by the U-2 aircraft.

Click here to download manual (153.3 Megs)

Monday, July 24, 2017

F-4E Armament Systems Handbook

TitleMcDonnell Douglas F-4E Armament Systems Handbook (P.S. 859), dated 1 June 1974.

Click here to download handbook (108.7 Megs)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

F-4B/J Ordnanceman's Handbook

Title McDonnell Douglas F-4B/J Ordnanceman's Handbook (P.S. 196), dated 15 May 1968.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rolls Royce Spey Engine for F4H-1 Phantom II

Title A report on the Spey RB.l68-25R
By-Pass and Afterburner engine for the McDonnell F4H-I Phantom II
Dated November 1964.

From the Preface: “

This brochure has been prepared to assist in the evaluation of the Rolls-Royce RB.l68-25R as a propulsion engine for the McDonnell FAH-1 Phantom II.
The contents of this document give details of the engine and afterburner systems together with their performance and availability.”

Click here to download report (16.2 Megs)

Friday, July 21, 2017

The 1945 Aircraft Year Book

The 1945 Aircraft Year Book_01 A copy of the The 1945 Aircraft Year Book from Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc.  Dated 1945 (The 27th annual edition). Very interesting WWII book with many photos, illustrations and old ads. Credit: The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

Click here to download book (46.9 Megs)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

F/TF-15 Crew Chief's Handbook

EpsonF-15001 McDonnell Douglas F/TF-15 Crew Chief's Handbook (P.S. 918), dated May 1976.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

F-4C/D/E Armament Systems Handbook

Untitled 1  McDonnell Douglas F-4C/D/E Armament Systems Handbook (P.S. 217), dated December 1967.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Partners In Freedom

Partners In Freedom_01 Monographs in Aerospace History Number 19, by Joseph R. Chambers from the The NASA History Series on the Contributions of the Langley Research Center to U.S. Military Aircraft of the l990’s. (NASA SP-2000-4519 Partners in Freedom). A number of references to McDonnell Aircraft. AV-8B. T-45, C-17, f-4, F-15, F-18 and many more types of aircraft.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fifty Years of NASA Aeronautical Research

Fifty Years of NASA Research_01A NASA publication on their first fifty years of aeronautical research. Lots of info and photos.

From the introduction:
It is fifty years since the first symbolic shovels full of earth were lifted
above the soil of Langley Field to signal the start of construction of
the first research laboratory for the National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics.
Those shovels of Virginia ground symbolized more than the construc-
tion of a research laboratory. They were tangible proof that this coun-
try was determined to build an aeronautical research establishment
second to none in the world, aimed at regaining and then maintain-
ing the lead in aeronautics which had been given to America by
Orville and Wilbur Wright less than I4 years before
.”

Click here to download booklet (33.7 Megs)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Smell Of Kerosene

The Smell Of Kerosene_unpw_01 The story of a NASA Test Pilot’s Odyssey. Written by pilot Donald L. Mallick (with Peter W. Merlin) on his 11,000 hours of flight time in more than 125 different aircraft. Mallick was involved in an extremely wide variety of test programmes and flew many different aircraft during his USN and NASA careers. The book has 252 pages and many photos. Credit: NASA/Dryden via Jeff Rankin-Lowe

Click here to download book (3.9 Megs)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

XV-1 Model 82 Report - #2

McDonnell Model 82 Convertiplane Report No1920 Dec-8-50_01McDonnell Aircraft Corp Report No. 1920, dated 8 December 1950. The preliminary report on what would become the XV-1 Convertiplane! All the specs, rotor info and many diagrams. Credit: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Click here to download report #2 (17.3 Megs)

XV-1 Model 82 Report – #1 here

XV-1 Convertiplane additional info here

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Tribute to James S. McDonnell Article

owv1wHBDd4IC_001 An article written as a tribute to James S. McDonnell (Mr. MAC) by his son, John F. McDonnell. This article first appeared in the 2001Carving Our Destiny: Scientific Research Faces a New Millennium magazine (Essays of the James S. McDonnell Centenial Fellows). Credit: Google Books via Jack Abercrombie
Click here to download article (13.6 Megs)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mr. MAC and the McDonnell Aircraft Company

Mr Mac 1 An article on the life and times of James S. McDonnell (Mr. MAC) and McDonnell Aircraft Company. This article first appeared in the Gateway Heritage, the Quarterly Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society, Summer 2003, Vol 24, No. 1.  Written by Sanford (Sandy) McDonnell (A nephew of Old Man MAC). Credit: Missouri Historical Society via Jack Abercrombie

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

F-4B/J and RF-4B Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled-2_thumb McDonnell Douglas F-4B/J and RF-4B Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 110), dated 1 May 1967. These handbooks are McAir Product Support publications.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

F-4(B/C) Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled 1McDonnell Douglas F-4(B,C) Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 61-1), dated 1 February 1964.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

F-4K/M Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled 1McDonnell Douglas F-4K/M Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 454), dated 1 April 1968.

Click here to download handbook (100.1 Megs)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

F-4B/J Plane Captains' Handbook

Untitled 1McDonnell Douglas F-4B/J Plane Captains' Handbook (P.S. 110), dated 1 January 1970.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Eagle Flies Article

F-15 Burrows 1 A first person article by McAir test pilot Irv Burrows on the first flight of the F-15 Eagle at EAFB. Great F-15 background and first flight from takeoff to landing! This article first appeared in the Gateway Heritage, the Quarterly Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society, Summer 2003, Vol 24, No. 1. Credit: Missouri Historical Society via Jack Abercrombie

Click here to download article (34.9 Megs)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Polikarpov Po-2 Technical Manual

Polikarpov-Po-2-Manual_01 The basic Polikarpov Po-2 Technical Manual, dated 1946. Identification, capibilities and construction of the aircraft.

Click here to download manual (12 Megs)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Polikarpov Po-2 BC Flight Manual

Untitled 1 The Polikarpov Po-2 BC Technical Flight Manual, dated 1946.

The Polikarpov PO-2 BC was a Russian utility biplane which first flew in 1927 and was produced between 1928 and 1952. As well as the training role it was also used in the ground attack, reconnaissance and liaison roles. Known as “Bed Check Charlie” in the Koren war.

Click here to download manual (103.4 Megs)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

F-15 First 100 Flights Article

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A fascinating first hand account of the F-15 Eagles first flights and the problems that had to be solved. This narrative is part of Jack Abercrombie’s memoirs. Jack was an Aerodynamics Project Engineer from 1971 to 1978. The first picture above shows most of the engineers at Edwards who supported the F-15 first flight. Credit: Jack Abercrombie

On a personal note, I ran one of the wind tunnel tests at Langley that resulted in the “Snag” horizontal mentioned in this memoir!

Click here to download this article (2.3 Megs)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Northrop A-9 and Fairchild A-10 Videos

Untitled 4 Two videos made during the Northrop A-9 and Fairchild A-10 competition fly-off. Poor quality; but, unique! Credit: YouTube

Click here to download videos in one Zip file (37.5 Megs)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II Photos

A-10-02 A number of photos of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II prototype and production aircraft. The A-10, of course, won the A-9/A-10 compition for production. Credit: Fairchild, USAF and as marked.

Click here to download photos in a Zip file (41 Megs)

A-10 Flight Manual here

Fairchild A-10 Facts and Figures article here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Boeing YC-14 Photos

YC-14-12YC-14-01 

A number of photos of the Boeing YC-14. This was the aircraft in competition with the MDC C-15. Credit: Boeing and as marked.

Click here to download all photos in one Zip file (20.3 Megs)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Martin Marietta HGM-25A Titan I Tech Manual

T.O. 21M-HGM25-1_001Untitled 1 A copy of USAF Model HGM-25A Titan I Missile Weapon System Technical Manual, T.O. 21M-HGM25-1. Dated 10 October 1964. Missile, silo and operations information.

Click here to download manual (77.4 Megs)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Northrop A-9A Pilot's Briefing Notes

Title Page The “Competition Sensitive” Northrop A-9A Pilot's Briefing Notes, dated May 1972. Part of my Northrop find at EAFB!

Click here to download notes (63.4 Megs)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

XV-1 Video

Untitled 2 A nice video of the XV-1 Convertiplane during construction and testing. Credit: YouTube

Click here to download video (0.2 Megs)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

XV-1 Additional Photos

Scan3337 Very poor quality photo copied photos of the XV-1 Convertiplane; but, the only ones I have seen with the instrument panel and the aircraft during construction. Photo numbers are on them for reference.

Click here to download photos in a one Zip file (105.9 Megs)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

XV-1 Standard Aircraft Characteristics

XV-1 SAC-01 McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane Standard Aircraft Characteristics (SAC) sheets, dated 3 March 1952. XV-1.

Click here to download SAC (13.4 Megs)

Monday, June 26, 2017

XV-1 Model 82 Report–#1

XV-1 Model 82-01 McDonnell Aircraft Corp Report No. 2470, dated 3 March 1952. The “Bible” for the XV-1 Convertiplane! All the specs, types, rotor info and many drawings. This is a photocopy; but, it cleaned up O.K. Enjoy!

Click here to download report (78.3 Megs)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane in Bldg 42

XV-1 4aA couple of photos I took of the XV-1 Convertiplane while it was stored in Bldg 42 Flight Test Hanger in 1963 before being sent to the Smithsonian. I had just started at McDonnell Aircraft and had no idea what this craft was; but, I had to take a couple of photos of it! (No, I wasn’t supposed to be taking photos, hence only these four!) Low quality photos; but, I guarantee that you won’t see any others of this aircraft while is was stored.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

XV-1 Identification and Modification Plate Chart

ID Plate 1ID Plate 2 Blueprint No 28-00006 Identification and Modification Plate Chart for model 82, XV-1 aircraft, Air Force Serial Numbers 53-4016 & 53-4017. Dated January 1953. Contains the Airplane Breakdown,General Notes & Contractor Designation and Serial Number Assignments.

Click here to download chart (24.6 Megs)

Friday, June 23, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane Articles

XV-1 Articles-13 A number od articles and facts I have collected over the years.

Click here to download articles in a Zip file (40.4 Megs)

The McDonnell XV-1 rotor system here

A monogram on the history, description and photos of the XV-1 here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane Drawings and 3-Views

METADATA-/scanq/scantofile0048.tifXV-1 Drwg-03 A number of Loft Sheets, 3-views and drawings of the McDonnell Aircraft XV-1 Convertiplane.

Click here to download drawings as a Zip file(43.7 Megs)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

XV-1 Convertiplane Photos

 XV-1-01XV-1-03 The McDonnell XV-1(XH-35) 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

Technical Notes:
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    
Note: Photos 31 thru 34 were taken by me in the BLDG 42 hanger in 1963

Click here to download photos in a Zip file (135.7 Megs)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 2

A-9A-01 More photos and info on the Northrop A-9A prtotype aircraft. The six photos were all taken during the a-9A/A-10 competition by Edwards Air Force personnel in May and June 1972. Also, I have included some articles and drawings that I have collected.

Click here to view photos and info

Northrop A-9A Photos–Part 1 is here

Additional A-(A blog posts here, here, here and here

Monday, June 19, 2017

YC-15 Additional Photos and Info

YC-15-02a More photos and other info on the McDonnell Douglas YC-15. Includes the C-15 project badge, paintings, 3-views, manufacturer models and future types of this aircraft.

Click here to view photos and info

Sunday, June 18, 2017

U.S. Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Manuals–Part 2

FM 44-80 Visual Aircraft Recognition (1993) WW_01 Another U.S. Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Field Manual FM 44-80, this time dated September 30 1996. Slightly different than part 1 offerings.

Click here to download field manual

Click here for part 1

Saturday, June 17, 2017

F3H Demon Candid Photos #2

Untitled 3Another gift from the collection of William Rudolph comes more candid shots of F-3H-2N Demons. Dated April 1956. Photos appear to be at Lambert Airport and the XF-88 can be seen next to the Demon.

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Part 1 of Bill’s Demon photos are here

Friday, June 16, 2017

YC-15 Photos

YC-15-04a Sixty five photos of the McDonnell Douglas YC-15 aircraft.

Per “The Aviation Zone”: “In the early-1970s, five American companies submitted proposals to the U.S. Air Force after it issued its Advanced Medium STOL Transport (AMST) requirement for a new jet-powered tactical airlifter to replace the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules. In 1972, two proposals were accepted for construction as the Boeing YC-14 and McDonnell Douglas YC-15 prototypes.

Both test aircraft were designed to a common cargo specification and utilized off-the-shelf engines to achieve the "Coanda Effect" (air turning on the convex side of an aerodynamic surface) to maximize lifting capability during STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) operations.…”

Two YC-15s (#72-1875 and #72-1876) were built with two different size wingspans, 132 feet (40.42m) and 110 feet (33.6m), respectively. Both aircraft are 124 feet (37.86m) in length.

First flown on 26 August 1975, a 600-hour test program followed. Funding cuts eventually cancelled the AMST program in 1979. Both the YC-14 and the YC-15 satisfied the AMST performance requirements, which would later be incorporated into the design of the larger C-17 Globemaster III transport.”

Click here to download photos in Zip file

Other YC-15 blogs here

Proposed C-15B blog here

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Northrop A-9A 3-Views, Profiles, Videos and Article

002A-9A-33Several Northrop A-9A 3-Views, Profiles and an article about the A-9A/A-10 from Aviation Week.

Click here to view 3-Views, Profiles and Article

Click here to download videos in Zip file (35.3 Megs)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Northrop A-9A Walk Around Photos

YA-9A (71-1368)-02 Three sets of Walk Around photos of A-9A, s/n 71-1368 (The number 2 aircraft) on display at March Field Air Museum, March Air Reserve Base, California. Credit: Bill Spidle, Aircraft Walk Around Center and Prime Portal

Northrop A-9A Walk Around March Field Museum #1 (26.0 Megs)

Northrop A-9A Walk Around March Field Museum #2 (1.2 Megs)

Northrop A-9A Walk Around March Field Museum #3 (1.8 Megs)

Northrop A-9A at EAFB

A-9A's EAFB April 1974-1 Photos that I took on my way to work at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in April of 1974. These photos show the two prototypes setting outside a base hanger. Not good photos; but, one of the few that I have found with both aircraft in one photo!

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