Friday, May 26, 2017

Vanguard Photos and Video

Vanguard-04 Fifty eight photos of the Vanguard launcher and satellites.

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Click here to download all photos as a ZIP file (28 Megs)

Click here to download a sucessful Vanguard launch video

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vanguard - Satellite Launching Vehicle

The Vanguard - Satellite Launching Vehicle_01 A Martin company engieering summary of The Vanguard - Satellite Launching Vehicle. Engineering report 11022, dated April 1960.

Click here to download report (14.7 Megs)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Vanguard - A History


SP-4202_01Untitled 1 From the The NASA Historical Series, Vanguard – A History. Written by Constance McLaughlin Green and Milton Lomask. Published 1970. Complete history of Project Vanguard.

From Wikipedia  : “Project Vanguard was a program managed by the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which intended to launch the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit using a Vanguard rocket as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Missile Annex, Florida.” 

Click here to download history (45 Megs)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nike-Hercules Operators Manual

TM9-1400-250-10-2_01 Department of the Army Operators Technical Manual TM9-1400-250-10/2 on the Nike-Hercules missile, dated December 1960.

Click here to download manual (26.6 Megs)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tupolev Tu-4 Billion Dollar Bomber

Air Enthusiast 1971-07 (Vol.1 No.2)_01 More on the Tupolev Tu-4 Bomber and the Tu-75 transport and Tu-20 “Bear” bombers which came after it. The complete multi-part article published in Air Enthusiast magazine from1971. Thanks to Grigory Omelchenko for the idea of finding this article!

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Clicki here to download entire article as a Zip file

Additional Tupolev Tu-4 “Bull” info here

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Navy Aircraft Turrets Manual

Navy Aircraft Turrets Manual_01 From the WWII Navy Training Course, the Aircraft Turrets Manual. Dated 1946.

Click here to download manual (8.6 Megs)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Navy Introduction to Airplanes Manual

Navy Introduction to Airplanes_01 From the WWII Navy Training Course, the Introduction to Airplanes Manual. A nice primer on flight and Navy aircraft. Dated 1944.

Click here to download manual (10.5 Megs)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Navy Aircraft Armament Manual

Aircraft Armament_01 From the WWII Navy Training Course, the Aircraft Armament Manual. Training on aircraft and personal weapons and bomb/ordnance. Dated 1945.

Click here to download manual (6.1 Megs)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lockheed U-2A Utility Flight Handbook

utility-flight-hb-1-Mar-1959_01Lockheed U-2A Utility Flight Handbook_01 A copy of the Utility Flight Manual for the Lockheed U-2A aircraft, dated 1 March 1959.

Click here to download manual (18 Megs)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hellenic Air Force RF-4E Retirement

33679984093_8e32f08b9e_b Knowing how we ALL like F-4’s, I ran across this page with photos from the Greek Air Force retirement of their RF-4E aircraft from last week. Enjoy!

Go to: Fighter Control

Hellenic RF-4E specifications here

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Aviation Archives Newsletter #3

AA Newsletter Number 3 Time for another vacation!

NASA 100 Years Booklet

NASA 100 Years Booklet_01 A very nice review of NACA/NASA celebrating a century of innovation, exploration and discovery. Many good photos.

Click here to download brochure (36.8 Megs) Top 50 blog award!