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  1. It's interesting to see a data plate assigned to a sub-component as small (relatively speaking) as what sounds like a cowling panel. Martin was producing several models in the summer of 41 including the Baltimore, Marauder, Maryland, Mariner. The data plate is likely to have originally been installed on one of those types.
  2. Thantks for posting this link Rooster77....it's great to find all issues of Naval Aviation News in one place. Great source for some research.
  3. Airpower" and "Wings" began publishing in August, 1970 and alternated with each other bi-monthly. Lots of examples for sale on Ebay, typically in the range of $4-$15/issue. It's likely much the same for the other other periodicals you mention. Many of the issues languish for a long time....IE: Demand is not high.
  4. Ahh....nothing like getting into the nitty-gritty. I suspect it wasn't and isn't uncommon for a crew chief to authorize/make minor changes to something like switch labeling if the function of a given switch changes. I too agree with Steindaddie--making non-critical configuration changes to existing parts inventory doesn't make sense if benefits don't bear the costs.
  5. Been awhile since I’ve posted new control wheel information. Time to rectify that by profiling the control wheel used in the Curtiss C-46 “Commando”. It’s another wheel produced by AHR (American Hard Rubber) – model No. 53. This same AHR Model number was also applied to the control wheel designs used in at least two different Lockheed aircraft, the Ventura and the early P2V Neptunes. Three different aircraft with three different wheel designs all with the same model number. Weird. While a C-46 wheel looks like a large version of a Douglas C-47 (DC-3) wheel the latter has no A
  6. Hello Will: Thanks for chiming in. The comments of both you and Bobatl are entirely sensible. Thirty-five to forty years ago I was a flight test engineer for McDonnell during full scale development and testing of the F/A-18. Making decisions on TCTO compliance (and EO incorporation) near the end of the development program and bailment period was interesting. Nick
  7. Hi Blaze1: I need to check this site more often than I have been lately. Yes, if you have a digital version of the C-5 "Dash 1" and are offering to send it to me that would be great. Please respond here and I'll send you a PM with my email address.
  8. Some nice shots Steindaddie. More trivia: The takeoff shot is of the jet taking off on runway 30 - Lambert Field, St. Louis. The building in the background is the old McDonnell HQ building (also known as Building 1) on the south side of Banshee Rd., and in which I was located when when I started working for the company in 1978. By then the corporate offices had moved out of the building - McDonnell built a newer more modern HQ building around 1970 next to the Astronautics campus.
  9. Little known bit of trivia--the USAF version of the Phantom II was originally called the F-110. It too is a century series jet.
  10. Having watched them, I know the Kentucky ANG was flying RF-101s as late as 1975 or 76. The Illinois guard still had those F-84Fs as late as 1969 or 70. And it was fun watching the Missouri ANG wing based at Lambert Field in St. Louis as they were converting from F-100s to F-4 Phantoms in the 1978-79 time frame. I have some good 35mm photos of the latter.
  11. Hi Derek: Congrats on picking up your first control wheel of what might be the start of a collection. I've always liked the compact design of the Grumman S-2 wheel, which quickly gives away that the plane had boosted controls. These wheels are fairly readily available....but stand-alone switches won't be easy to come by. Ebay is as good a potential source as any, for running "canned" searches periodically for what you're trying to find. The most difficult switch to find will likely be the "coolie hat" trim switch. S-2 wheels can still be found in the market with all or most switches an
  12. Love those takeoffs on vintage paint schemes, especially on the F-15. Like the P-51 and F-86, the "look" of the F-15 airframe is just "right"....aerodynamic perfection. Add a great paint scheme and it doesn't get much better.
  13. Hi Kat: Carl Scholl and Tony Ritzman operate "Aero Trader", a company that specializes in rebuilding and building B-25s....including authentic restorations. To do the latter they've built up quite a reference library. They might be able to help you or point you in the right direction.
  14. Awful situation. When I flew in their B-24 a few years back I was impressed by the high level of professionalism demonstrated by the Collings folks. This may have significant impact on future warbird operations. Now we'll have to await the NTSB report/findings.
  15. Bobatl: Thanks for tying in on what the "dash 1" said relative to what was done with TCTOs to figure out what drawing revisions were needed as different models of an aircraft were introduced over time. Agreed too--unnecessary configuration changes were avoided. Helps logistics, lowers cost. And it's not difficult to "inop" a switch or, if needed, change it's function and relabel.
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