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#1 Blaze1

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:36 AM

".......... I decided to post some pictures of my latest acquisition that arrived yesterday" (18th December actually) but first:

 

I failed to read the fine print about the "Latest Finds and Acquisitions" forum, which states that posts over 30 days old are automatically deleted, as its purpose was for temporary updates, so I thought it best to start a dedicated thread here ......'Hear hear'  I hope I just heard you all chorus.

 

So going back to that 18th December piece, it's a 1st July 2004, Air Force Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (AFTTP), Combat Aircraft Fundamentals manual for the C-17A transport aircraft.  It provides details on unclassified, fundamental employment tactics for the type.  I managed to find it online via abebooks.com.

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:42 AM

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Picked this up about 45 years ago...

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:23 PM

My latest acquisition which arrived today is very similar to my earlier manual, it is a 15th October 2010 Air Force Tactics Techniques and Procedures (AFTTP) 3-3.KC-135 Combat Aircraft Fundamentals manual for the (I'm sure you guessed it) KC-135 airborne refuelling tanker.  The KC-135 also doubles as a cargo plane:

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This manual details unclassified tactical procedures, from planning to execution, providing KC-135 aircrew with requisite practices to successfully complete their missions.  Topics include but are not limited to:

- Mission Planning and Briefing

- Base Operations

- Arrival at the Aircraft (Exterior & Interior Inspections, Engine Start & Taxi .....)

- Tactical Departures

- Decents

- Tactical Arrivals

- Landing

- En Route (Systems Checks, Timing, Navigation)

- Formations

- Air Refuelling

- Theater Support Operations

- Combat Aircraft Delivery

- Combat Threats and Countertactics

- Aircrew Mission Guides

- Electronic Warfare

- KC-135 Roll-On Airborne Communication Systems

- Energy Manoeuvrability

 

I managed to purchase this manual from Amazon.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 04:36 PM

I have a C-17 one with spiral like the 135 manual above from around 2010 or so.  One of my friends is a 17 pilot so he'd give me things when they got outdated.



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Posted 31 December 2018 - 08:59 PM



I have a C-17 one with spiral like the 135 manual above from around 2010 or so.  One of my friends is a 17 pilot so he'd give me things when they got outdated.

That's pretty fantastic mohawk!  I actually have a couple of C-17A flight manuals, as well as the cargo loading manual and a maintenance manual for it.  My aircraft of choice usually consist of fighter or attack jets, anything tactical from the Vietnam war to present day, however I do hold a soft spot for the C-17A.  A couple of things I really like about it are, the central control stick and the HUD, both reminiscent of fighter aircraft (The C-17A must have been one of the first non-tactical aircraft to feature a HUD).  I also like its STOL performance and the fact that each engine has a complete thrust reverse system, that is both hot and cold sections rather than the usually cold section only, which increases performance.

 

The following video shows the thrust reversers being tested mid-air.  This also forms part of the aircraft's combat decent tactic, in which it can achieve tremendous rates of decent helping it avoid threat defense systems:

 

Here it demonstrates its short landing and reverse performance:

I love the way the wing and engines 'open up' as the spoilers and thrust reverse systems are deployed.

 

My AFTTP 3-3.C-17 book is pretty much full size, however the spiral bound AFTTP 3-3.KC-135 is much smaller, with checklist size pages.  Personally I prefer most of the newer manuals in digital vector format (flight manuals etc), because they usually just consist of line drawings.  Older manuals with detailed illustrations are nice to have original hard copies of however.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:08 PM

I know I have epubs on the KC-135R and C-17 from my friend on a old laptop from when he was going through the 17 school at Altus back in 08.  I have a bookshelf with a number of original pubs for Army helicopters UH-1, OH-6, OH-58, AH-64, UH-60 and CH-47 and some fixed wing including my fav aircraft, the OV-1 Mohawk.  Manuals ranging from 1963 to more recent.  For printed AF stuff, I have -1's for the OV-10A, O-2A, and F-15E.  NATOPS I have one for the OV-10A and one for the KC-130.  Those are all the operators, I have some Mx manuals as well and of course a number of CLs.



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Posted 01 January 2019 - 02:43 AM

I know I have epubs on the KC-135R and C-17 from my friend on a old laptop from when he was going through the 17 school at Altus back in 08.  I have a bookshelf with a number of original pubs for Army helicopters UH-1, OH-6, OH-58, AH-64, UH-60 and CH-47 and some fixed wing including my fav aircraft, the OV-1 Mohawk.  Manuals ranging from 1963 to more recent.  For printed AF stuff, I have -1's for the OV-10A, O-2A, and F-15E.  NATOPS I have one for the OV-10A and one for the KC-130.  Those are all the operators, I have some Mx manuals as well and of course a number of CLs.

That's a nice collection.

 

In terms of epubs, I've got a few KC-135E, R/T and E/R/T manuals, also some KC-135A manuals, but those for the 'A' model are scanned not vector graphics format.  For the C-17A I've got a 2004 & 2010 -1, as well as a 2010 cargo loading manual and 2008 maintenance Wiring Guide manual.  I appear to have similar army manuals to yourself but they're all epubs, for the C & RC-12 series, OH-58A/C & D, AH-1F, EH & UH-60A/L/M & P, AH-64A & D (Block's I, II & III), CH-47C/D & F & UH-1H/V.  I do have NATOPS epubs for the KC-130F & J and about 30 epub maintenance manuals for the 'F' model which also covers other models in some cases.

 

As for printed hard copies, I only have a few manuals including the 2 AFTTPs I posted above.  The others are:

1986 A-6E TRAM/KA-6D NATOPS

1995 A-6E TRAM/SWIP NATOPS

1991 A-6E ECM maintenance manual

1988 A-6E Tactical Manual Vol.I

1967 A-6A Bombardier/Navigator Handbook by Litton Industries

2007 F-16CM-1

1995 F-15E-1 (a moderate copy)
1995 F-15E-1-1 (a moderate copy)

1998 F-15E-34 (This manual is missing 186 pages of which I've been able to recover 154 pages, albeit in digital epub format)

I'm waiting for a 2006 F-16CG-34 (hard copy) which I'll probably receive by the end of the year (2019), but I'd prefer a digital epub version of it to be honest.

 

BTW, what are Mx manuals and what is it about the OV-1 that makes it your favourite?


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 03:07 AM

I forget to mention a scanned 1973 O-2A/B -34 and scanned OV-10A/D NATOPS manuals (1980 & 1982 respectively) as well as a scanned 1992 OV-10A/D Tactical Manual Vol.I.



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Posted 02 January 2019 - 05:51 PM

I found a pic of my 130 NATOPS, its for the KC-130T and T-30 series from 2007.

 

Mx is Maintenance, just the abbreviation.   And Ive always liked the Mohawk, very unique and quiet warrior for the Army over the years it served.  Even during its time in service many people didn't know what it was.  One very unique thing about it is it was the only Army aircraft to be equipped with ejection seats.  Most people give all the rave to the fast movers like a F-4 or F-16s etc etc, I prefer the unusual.   I have a -10 for it from early 63 when it was still the AO-1A, B and C.  1964 the designations changed and was then the OV-1.  -10 from 64 was like the same as that earlier one but had the new designations OV-1A, B and C.  Also have some later 1970 -10s on the B, C and newer D, and then the last era of -10s from the OV-1D/RV-1D to their last change in the mid 90s.  Pretty much have a whole shelf as well as some boxes full of just OV-1 related pubs, ATMs, Mx, -10s, CLs, ejection seat related, survival kit related, all sorts of Mohawk pubs.

 

I'm interested to hear more about the 60M and 47F pubs you have.  Are they the -10s?  I have a actual print -10 of the 2007 60M, missed out on a 47F one recently.



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 07:57 AM

I have a similar NATOPS for the KC-130T & KC-130T-30, albeit in epub format dated 2008, as well as some maintenance manuals for it, mostly dated around 2002 and epub manuals (NATOPS, USAF and Manufacturer) for a few other variants of the -130.
 
Thanks for clarifying, I suspected 'Mx' may be something like that :) The OV-1 is a type that has flown under the radar and has never really caught my attention, but since you mentioned it, I've done a little research and learnt some interesting things about it.  The side looking radar isn't something I expected such an aircraft to be bestowed with, certainly not around the Vietnam era, I also thought the there were Navy versions because of the gray paint scheme.  More surprising is that its been credited with a MIG-17 kill!  I'm sure you were already aware of that, but here's the story anyway in case others would like to read about it https://theaviationg...ame-mig-killer/.  Hmmm my interest in this bird increases, then the line from billy badass Robin Olds, "We know things you guys don't and will never find out."  Those fast mover/fighter pilots always trying to hog the limelight eh.  One wonders if he was talking about the F-4 Phantoms Combat Tree gear........  I must admit to being one of those people to fawn over jets such as the F-16, with the F-15E being the anointed one in my eyes, the F/A-18F isn't far behind.  Having said that, I do have a great big soft spot for the A-6 Intruder, perhaps not as unusual as the OV-1, but again not a typical fast mover type.
 
A few similarities between the OV-1 and A-6, both were built by Grumman, both share a resemblance in their profile silhouette and feature a side-by-side seating arrangement.  Like the OV-1, early A-6As also featured fuselage mounted speedbrakes, placed and operated in an almost identical way.  They lacked performance however, so were deactivated and later panelled over, with split speedbrakes engineered into the wingtips instead.  During Vietnam, in an attempt to target traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a large sensor package called TRIM (Trails & Roads Interdiction Multisensor) was developed and attached to the belly of the Intruder.  It consisted of a low-light level television with FLIR (The OV-1 was also IR equipped) and these birds re-designated A-6Cs.  Unfortunately the A-6C enjoyed limited success.  The A-6 is one aircraft I'm still chasing quite a few manuals for, mainly the tactical manuals it must be said.
 
Yes the 60M and 47F epubs are both -10s.  The -60M is dated '14 August 2009 Change 3 - 28 September 2012' the -47F '31 October 2011 Change 1 - 15 May 2012' and there are 2013 ATMs for both.  I have a 2008 checklist for the -60M as well as NATOPS' for the SH-60B, H-60F/H, MH-60R, MH-60S.  There's also the S-70A-46 -10, S-70i -10, -60J coastguard -10 and a HH-60G Multi-Command Handbook.
 

 



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 09:55 AM

OV-1A was a VR and attack platform, OV-1B was the SLAR platform and OV-1C the IR platform.  Then when the D came out it could fill the VR, IR and SLAR missions.  During the late 60s in Vietnam they modified a handful of OV-1Cs for a special program called project SEAMORE (South East Asia MOhawk REvision).  Had some sort of special IR sensor package which consisted of a big blister under the fuselage, so perhaps it might have been something similar to that A-6C.  Most of the SEAMORE stuff is still unknown.  I actually have one of the rare patches from the program I got from one of the pilots who flew in the unit.

 

When it comes to fast movers, the 15E is def my fav.  Ive been around them when I had friends stationed at SJ AFB.  Love the sound of the mudhen cranking up with the JFS.  Also have a custom visor cover for a 55P helmet from the 336th FS.

 

Id be interested in the 60M and 47F ETM -10s if possible.



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 12:47 PM

From the little I've seen of the SEAMORE Mohawk, the belly bulge was quite different to the A-6C installation with the latter possessing a turret that housed the sensors, it was also much larger.  A Google search for SEAMORE actually brought me to an old thread on this site: http://www.usmilitar...-seamore-patch/ and the HRB Singer mention got me thinking about ELINT, but I'll post it there.
 
Regarding the -60M & -47F ETMs, check your PM.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:53 PM

Yeah, I was just thinking it might have been some form of tracking system using IR for night time surveillance of the Ho Chi Minh trail or something of that nature.  The standard C had the AAS-14 series IR set "Red Haze".  The OV-1D used the AAS-24 IR set.   The OV-1C down at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ actually still has the cockpit TO's Red Haze set inside of it.  Saw a pic someone took when they got a chance to open up the cockpit door since the windows are all painted blue now. 

 

Id still love to find a Nam era original OV-1A -10.  I have a copied version of it, which its cool to see the gun sights they had and armament info.  None of the other models were armed.  I have B, C and D -10s from 1970 and then also the last -10s for the B and the C from when the GA ARNG was still operating those in the early 80s before going D.  The 2 earlier -10s I have from 63 and 64 that cover all 3 models in 1 manual doesn't show the gun sight and armament info.  One rare Mx related one I have is like the bible for the OV-1D used to train the maintenance guys from the school at Ft Eustis, VA.  Shows all the systems of the aircraft broken down including the ejection seat.  Along with that I have a complete set of Programmed Texts from Ft Rucker for the OV-1D pilot transition course.  Each one covers all the systems and has the quiz questions and answers.



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Posted 04 January 2019 - 07:54 AM

What is the date for the OV-1A -10 manual you're interested in, so I can keep a look out for it?

 

The Mx manual you mentioned sounds like an Illustrated Parts Breakdown, but the ones I've seen usually cover specific systems.  This OV-1D version must be huge!  I have one for the C-27J that over 2500 pages and it doesn't even cover specific items.  It's funny you mentioned the student guides for the OV-1D because I just bought a similar manual for the F-14 yesterday Radar related), but it's more of a workbook with answers to the questions being part of the descriptive text for the student to read through and find.



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 01:38 AM

I believe the copied one I have is from 1970.  Saw one probably 8 years ago or so on ebay and missed out on it.  Was a little pricey though at 99 bucks I think if I recall right.

 

That OV-1D Mx familiarization manual does have numerous break down diagrams, but it also explains everything, how it works etc.  Its a good 2inch thick bound manual.  Ive never seen an actual date on it but Id say early-mid 70s since it shows the MK-J5D ejection seat which came out around 1974.  Ive been told by Mohawk instructors they used that manual right up until the day they were retired, so it was a pretty valuable piece.  The programmed texts for the pilot course are kind of like text books and workbooks combined.  It will have a topic on 1 page, then the next will have a question on it, and like 2 pages later will show the answer where the next topic question is.  The Army used those for years before computers.  I still have my fathers from 1968-1969 from the US Army Primary Helicopter School.  Id have to look through my binder but there is at least 6 PTs that cover specific topics.  1 is just the MK-J5D ejection seat,  1 is the T-53-L701 power plant, others are the prop system, electrical system,  fuel system  etc etc.  i can post of pic of them for an example.



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:44 AM

mohawk please do post so pics.  It'll be interesting to see the format used.



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:54 PM

Took some pics of the Programed Text.  Chose the one covering the escape system since its the first one in my binder.  You can see it says Frame 1, then at the end asks the question about the airspeed.

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:57 PM

Then in the next frame, you will see at the top it shows the answer from the previous frame, 60kts.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:59 PM

Then in the last few pages there is this Eval quiz with the answers on the following page.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:03 PM

This is the familiarization manual covering the systems, descriptions and maintenance.  You can see it explains things in the text as well as Mx procedures and also has numerous diagrams.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:06 PM

These are some training pubs.  Aircrew Training Manuals, a survivability TC and then the FM covering the ejection seat.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:20 PM

This is another pretty rare OV-1 related pub. 1968 TC on the MK-J5/J5B ejection seat.  Basically a earlier version of that FM above but covering the older version of the seat pre 1974.  Had less capability than the later J5D seat.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 06:12 AM

Thanks for posting those mohawk.  That's a great collection you have there.

 

I have an F-16 avionics manual called F-16 Integrated Avionics Attack Control Systems Specialist - Volume 4. Radar Principles, F-16 Fire Control Radar, F-16 Fire Control Sensing, System Integration, Troubleshooting Techniques, Boresighting Procedures, and Airborne Video Tape Recorder.  Yep it's a mouthful!  It has descriptions, questions & answers, however the question and answers are grouped together.  Student guides for the AH-64D are similar, but without answers.



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:53 AM

Flying into the new year ....................

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........ we have a new manual, one which I received only a couple of days ago:

 

The following FAM IV manual (I think this stands for FAMiliarisation 4) is a student workbook about the F-14 Tomcat's radar and AWG-9 weapon system, with questions, answers and a summary of each section.  The earliest date printed on the manual is the 21st January 1980 with some sections being dated as late as September 1983.  Here you can see the general layout of the workbook, with each section consisting of:

Introduction

Objectives

Questions

Answers

Summary

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:54 AM

Here are some pictures of the other sections in the workbook:

 

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