Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Few Days of Vacation

AA Newsletter Number 5-1

Identification of Italian Aircraft 1941

FM 30-39 (WD) Identification of Italian Aircraft 1941_01 The purpose of this manual is to serve as a guide in the identification of United States Government aircraft. Quick and accurate identification of both hostile and friendly aircraft is of vital importance in modem war.(From forward) Manual. FM 30-39 (WD), dated 1941. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Identification of Japanese Aircraft 1942

FM 30-38 (WD) Identification of Japanese Aircraft 1942_01 The purpose of this manual is to serve as a guide in the identification of United States Government aircraft. Quick and accurate identification of both hostile and friendly aircraft is of vital importance in modem war.(From forward) Manual FM 30-38 (WD), dated 1942. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Identification of German Aircraft 1942

FM 30-35 (WD) Identification of German Aircraft 1942_01    The purpose of this manual is to serve as a
  guide in the identification of United States Government aircraft. Quick and accurate identification of both hostile and friendly aircraft is of vital importance in modem war. (From forward) Manual FM 30-35 (WD), dated 1942. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Identification of US Aircraft 1942

FM 30-30 (WD) Identification of US Aircraft 1942_01 The purpose of this manual is to serve as a
guide in the identification of United States Government aircraft.
Quick and accurate identification of both hostile and friendly aircraft is of vital importance in modem war. (From forward) Manual FM 30-30 (WD), dated 1942. Credit: Anymouse Collection

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chance Vought F4U-5 Brochure

Chance Vought F4U-5 Brochure 1948_01 Chance Vought F4U-5 Company Brochure. Dated 1948.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1983

Royal Air Force Yearbook 1983_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1983. Credit: Dimarik

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1982

Royal Air Force Yearbook 1982_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1982. Credit: Dimarik

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1981

Royal Air Force Yearbook 1981_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1981. Credit: Dimarik

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1976

Royal Air Force Yearbook 1976_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1976. Credit: Dimarik

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Boeing B-737 Fuselage and Wing Station Charts

Title WE are used to station charts for military aircraft; but. seldom see them for commercial aircraft. I came across these for the Boeing B-737 aircraft in an FAA Advisory Circular, dated 17 January 1973.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1975

Royal Air Force Yearbook 1975_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1975. Credit: Dimarik

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

McDonnell Douglas Factory Tour

Scan001Scan010 Some photos from a factory tour I conducted in 1981. F-15 and F-18  final assembly areas are shown.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1972

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book 1972_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1972. Credit: Dimarik

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1971

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book 1971_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1971. Credit: Dimarik

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1969

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book 1969_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1969.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fiat Aviation Brochure

Fiat-001 A Fiat Aviation Company brochure on their products. Includes a company genealogy from 1914 to 1957 and info on their G.82, G.91, G.91T, F-86K, engines, G.46, G.49, G.59 and FN333 aircraft. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Hawker Siddeley P.1127 VSTOL Booklet

HS-001HS-004 A nice little booklet on the P.1127 experimental and development aircraft that led to the Harrier aircraft. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hayden Aircraft Stout Bushmaster Brochure

Title A Hayden Aircraft company brochure on their Stout Bushmaster aircraft. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book - 1967

Royal Air Force Souvenir Book 1967_01 Published each year by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. This one is for the year 1967. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ryan Aircraft Plane Portraits

Ryan-001 A Ryan Aircraft Company brochure on its aircraft up to 1955. Includes thumbnail histories of Ryan's aircraft and missiles. Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Salute to Skylab

Salute to Skylab_01 A short article on the Skylab Project.

"From  lead sheet: The following article prepared by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Historian Mike Wright appeared in 1993 in Research and Technology, Annual Report of the Marshall Space Flight Center which was dedicated to the Skylab Space Station Program."

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Skylab Drawings and Posters

Skylab 4 A few more drawings and illustrations of the Skylab project.

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Other Skylab blog posts here

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Skylab Illustrated Chronology From 1962-1973

SKYLAB Illustrated Chronology_01 A copy of the Skylab Illustrated Chronology from 1962-1973. Written by David S. Akens. Part of the Marshall Space Flight Center works. Report number MHR 9 A&PS-MS-H. Dated May 1, 1973.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Under the Sign–Part VII

1 D4C-1526 Dec-1958 More from the series, here are a few “Under the Sign” photos, including a visitor to the MDC ramp.

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Previous entries in this series are here

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Northrop/ McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II Walk Around

Northop/ McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II Walk Around Photos. (116 photos.) Some nice detail shots of a YF-23A  # 87-0800 at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

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Another great walk around tour by Howard Mason is here

Virtual tour here

Contributions to This Site

One of my followers, Trevor, had an idea. It goes like this:
   
"I had an idea for the site in that there could be a list that people could contribute to as kind of a "wish list" for different aircraft documents as kind of a drive to get more contributions to the sight. Not sure how it would be implemented but here are a couple of ideas for it.

1. Only you would have control with the public only making requests so as to help prevent spam posts.

2. If implemented make it as a secondary post as part of each daily post."

People - Any thoughts on this subject as to how to do this or any other ways to bring contributions for me to share with you? Right now, contributions are done using email and file transfer sites.

Remember that my primary reason for creating this blog was to preserve aviation knowlege and items before they are lost!

Let me know thru my email or the comment section below.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Air Force Cruise Missile History

Air Force Cruise Missile History_02 This is a solid history of the origin and development of the cruise missile and its tactical and strategic deployment. Witten by Dr. Kenneth P. Werrell. Dated September 1985.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Douglas C-74 Globemaster Photos

DouglasC-74 (42-65402)  1 A few photos of the Douglas C-74 Globemaster. (This is the first Globemaster aircraft) A plane ahead of it's time?

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C-74 YouTube video here

Monday, April 23, 2018

Douglas C-74 Globemaster Standard Aircraft Characteristics

C-74_Globemaster_SAC_-_6_November_1952_01 Three Standard Aircraft Characteristics sheets, dated 23 May 1950 and two dated 6 November 1952 for the Douglas C-74 Globemaster aircraft.

From Wikipedia:

"The Douglas C-74 Globemaster was a United States heavy-lift cargo aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. The aircraft was developed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The long distances across the Atlantic and, especially, Pacific oceans to combat areas indicated a need for a transoceanic heavy-lift military transport aircraft. Douglas Aircraft Company responded in 1942 with a giant four-engined design. Development and production modifications issues with the aircraft caused the first flight to be delayed until 5 September 1945, and production was limited to 14 aircraft when the production contract was canceled following V-J Day.

Although not produced in large numbers, the C-74 did fill the need for a long-range strategic airlifter, in which the subsequent Douglas C-124 Globemaster II was used by the Air Force for many years."

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

McDonnell Douglas DC/KC-10/MD-11 Summary

ARM130A1_McDonnell_01 Tech data, variants, electronic summaries for the  McDonnell Douglas DC/KC-10/MD-11 aircraft.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

General Aircraft Structural Repair Manual

AFD-082416-1-1A-1_unpw_001 "Technical Order (TO) 1-1A-1(NAVAIR O1-1A-1) is one of a series of technical manuals prepared to assist personnel engaged in the general maintenance and repair of military aircraft. This manual covers general aircraft structural repair. This is a Joint-Service manual and some information may be directed at one branch of the service and not the other. Wherever the text of the manual refers to Air Force technical orders for supportive information, refer to the comparable Navy documents."

Title: TECHNICAL MANUAL
ENGINEERING HANDBOOK SERIES FOR AIRCRAFT REPAIR 

GENERAL MANUAL FOR STRUCTURAL REPAIR

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Friday, April 20, 2018

More Grumman F9F-3 Panther with Emerson Turret Info

Aero17 ElectronicsRadar and gunsX17A Turret Tommy Thomason shared a few more insights on this subject of the F-9F-3 turret. Copies of the nose installation, Aero X17A instalation and a photo of the radar and guns. Credit: Tommy H. Thomason

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Grumman F9F-3 Panther with Emerson Turret

F9F-3withEmersonTurret-5 Here are some factory photos of a unique aircaft!

"Putting a turret on the nose of the airplane so the cannon could be aimed in a different direction than the airplane was pointed was a noval idea. Radar-aimed turrets were being developed for bombers and this was a logical extension of that effort. In the late 1940s, the Navy contracted with Emerson for the AERO X17A system that replaced the nose on the Grumman Panther, F9F-3 BuNo 122562." (Paraphrased from Tommy H. Thomason's article.) Credit: William Rudolph collection

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Tommy H. Thomason's great article here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 Walk Around

dsc08894 Three hundred McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 walk around photos of the KDC-10. Location is unknown. Credit: Meindert de Vreeze

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom Walk Around

IMG_4386 One hundred twenty four McDonnell Douglas RF-4Bwalk around photos of the RF-4B on display at March Field Air show, March Air Reserve Base, California in 2015. Credit: Vladimir Yakubov

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