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Interesting Websites / Re: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive
« Last post by Boxman on April 19, 2017, 10:54:51 am »
Below are a number of intriguing photos posted by the San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) Archives at their Flickr site. They belong to the Robert Reedy Collection.

Here is Reedy's brief bio as described by the SDASM:
"Robert Reedy was a native of Amarillo Texas. He attended college in Wichita Kansas, studying aeronautical engineering. On graduation he was quickly snapped up by Stearman Aircraft. During his subsequent career he made stops at Lockheed, Thorp and back to Lockheed where he retired as a vice president of sales. Reedy was involved in the design of several Stearman, Vega and Thorp types, the Lockheed P2V, Little Dipper, Big Dipper, and L-1011..."

Among the photos in the Reedy collection are a number captioned as the Cessna CR-1 (reg. NR/NX 11717), and dated (via the SDASM description for each) as being taken in "Jan 1930". Despite the description and registration number, I have yet to find any other photos of such an aircraft in this specific configuration (enclosed cockpit aft of the wing trailing edge, shoulder-mounted wing, retractable landing gear, registration "11717"). The best information I can find is that after a single harrowing first flight by Clyde Cessna, the aircraft was deemed too dangerous to fly and re-built into the CR-2. Here is a SDASM photo of the Cessna CR-2:

Here is how the Cessna CR-2 is described in the article authored by Bob Hirsch, "Cessna and Air Racing's Golden Age"  (American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) Journal, Vol. 29 (1984), Page 296, 304), "This is a stretched version of the CR-1 which was about 2 feet, 8 Inches shorter. It Is not known If the CR-1 actually flew or was redesigned during construction. There are no public photos of it."

So, here are the photos in question, might these be photos of the Cessna CR-1 as originally constructed? if so, these may be the only known photos of it prior to its reconstruction into the CR-2. Can anyone confirm?
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: US Transport Projects
« Last post by hesham on April 19, 2017, 05:20:00 am »
Great work as usual my dear Scott.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: US Transport Projects
« Last post by foiling on April 19, 2017, 03:30:04 am »
Fantastic news. Thanks.
Mine arrived today and I can vouch for it being a great book.  The bonus content on the observation aircraft proposal for the US Army definitely adds to its greatness.  It's very tempting to attempt to model a production aircraft, powered be a T54, and with armament pods on the wingtips.
Bookshelf & Marketplace / US Transport Projects
« Last post by Orionblamblam on April 15, 2017, 02:51:42 pm »
Issue #7is now out:

    Lockheed L-279-9: an early SST
    Convair HST – Phase II Variable Sweep Configuration: A mid-1960’s hypersonic transport
    Lockheed CL-1373: a short-haul turboprop liner
    Boeing Model 702-134(4): a large nuclear-powered logistics hauler
    McDonnell-Douglas Swept Wing Spanloader: a heavy cargo carrier
    Lockheed Hybrid Wing Body: a current design for an efficient military transport
    NASA Cut-Down 747 SCA: a 1973 idea for a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
    Rockwell Boost Glide Transport: An early 1970’s rocket transport

Bookshelf & Marketplace / US Recon & Research Projects
« Last post by Orionblamblam on April 15, 2017, 02:44:07 pm »
A new series, this one covering the somewhat disparate topics of "research aircraft" and "reconnaissance aircraft." Why those two together?
1: Why not, that's why.
2: It's useful alliteration.
3: Because either topic on its own has a pretty lean selection of projects to choose from compared to the likes of Bombers, Transports or Fighters.
4: Because.

And so, USRP #01 has just been published:

    General Dynamics “FISH”: 1958 concept for Mach 4 parasite
    NACA-Langley X-Tail X-15: early hypersonic rocket plane concept
    “Jake’s Jeep”: WWII-era motorjet design
    Lockheed “Archangel”: The first step on the road to the SR-71
    Boeing Model 853-21 “Quiet Bird”: A 1961 stealth platform
    Northrop Tacit Blue: Operational version of the early stealth experiment
    Convair Pilotless Airplane I-40 Inhabited: WWII-era design of a manned test for a flying bomb
    Lockheed CL-278-1-1: a proto-U-2

Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books from Harpia-Publishing
« Last post by FighterJock on April 15, 2017, 06:21:29 am »
And also the news for late 2017 !   :applause1:

  • EMB-312 Tucano - Brazil's turboprop success story (Joao Paulo Zeitoun Moralez) - Coming October 2017
  • Carrier Aviation in the 21st Century - Aircraft carriers and their units in detail (Thomas Newdick, editor) - Coming October 2017

Looking forward to the Thomas Newdick book.  B)
Museums, Events & Shows / Re: Sea-Air-Space 2017
« Last post by bobbymike on April 13, 2017, 01:05:30 pm »
Thanks for the posts

I dream of having that Columbia SSBN(X) model in my library, then add a model of the B-21, GBSD and LRSO.  ;D
Museums, Events & Shows / Re: Sea-Air-Space 2017
« Last post by fredymac on April 13, 2017, 04:07:25 am »
Looks great, Jared.  I'll be getting a copy for sure.  Thanks for your efforts.

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