Tuesday, June 28, 2011

B-52D Drab 69 Redeployment Navigator Flight Plan and Charts

Navigators Station B-52D

Sometimes I am lucky enough to find some interesting items on Ebay. I found this B-52D air crew navigators flimsy folder with charts, flight plans celestial navi form, etc. for his redeployment in 1969 from Anderson AFB, Guam to Fairchild AFB, Washington in 1969. As a rotation from flying ARC Light bombing missions in Vietnam. TAG ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I have always thought that the old navigators were cool. ZTo understand the old methods had to be respected.

If anybody is interested in reading a good book about a Navigator Bombadier on a B-52 read.."FLYING FROM THE BLACK HOLE", an excellent study of what a RN/BM did on the B-52 in the cold war and Vietnam. Filled with interesting info

C-124 Takeoff Procedures from the 1C-124A-1

While looking through some of my old manuals I came across the C-124 dash 1. I kept this manual after we closed down the 19th Military Airlift Squadron. I worked in the 19th MAS /62nd Wing MAC, Electric Shop as an aircraft electrician 1968-69 at Kelly AFB , San Antonio Texas. Old Shaky was a cool aircraft to work on greasy , oily, a generally good old knuckle buster for the mechanic. I am proud to have worked on and served with this old bird. At Kelly we had all C models.

An old flight engineer on Shaky's told me "If you ever fly one of these birds upside down, the flight crew would be killed by all the nuts, bolts and safety wire that would get loose". After working on them I beleive it would be true!

Here are a few pages from the manual for the Takeoff procedures up to cruise.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

C-46 Tinker Belle ....Walk Around

Yesterday I took a trip to Reading, Pa. and went to the World War 2 event held there. This year I had a good photo op on the C-46 Tinker Belle. The C-46 is a great old bird.

Normal Crew of Four

Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Engines
Twin-row 18 cylinder Air-cooled Radials
2,000 hp for Takeoff

10,000 lbs of Cargo or
Up to 50 Troops or 33 Stretchers

Max. Speed 270 mph @ 15,000 feet
Cruise Speed 183 mph

Climb to 10,000 ft in 17.4 minutes
Service Ceiling 27,600 ft
Length 76' 4"
Height 21' 9"
Wing Span 108' 1"

Max. Weight 56,000 lbs
Empty Weight 32,400 lbs

Normal Range 1,200 miles
Maximum Range 3,150 miles