The "Aerospace Projects Review Monthly Historical Documents Program" is a subscription service that, for a mere pittance, provides a monthly haul of high-rez scans of documents and large format diagrams/artwork of aerospace historical interest, as well as a CAD diagram created by yours truly. Formerly known as the APR Patreon, it has spread out a bit to a simple PayPal-subscription system. The APR Patreon is still running, of course, so there are two ways to sign up, both described here:
This has been running since 2014, with multiple documents/diagrams issued every month. Every single monthly set is available for purchase by subscribers. Subscriptions run from as little as $1.50 to $10 per month, with an increasing set of perks. The first set, from 2014-07, included:
Document: "Manned Orbiting Station and Alternatives, Vol. IV," dated 1963. This provides a number of diagrams of MOL and Dyna Soar-based small space stations, as well as being the earliest known publication of the Gemini "interceptor."
Diagram: "TAC BJ-58:" LARGE format diagram of the two-engined BJ-58 supersonic bomber
CAD diagram: two included... Titan III/X-20/MOL and ISINGLASS.
I have just published The Comet Racers Uncovered, a 48-page book on the de Havilland DH.88 Comet racers.
The story of the iconic winner of the greatest air race ever at a pivotal moment in aviation history. It has never been fully told, those of its stablemates even less so. Only five de Havilland DH.88 Comets were ever built. With one restored to flying condition and another on the way, the ever-growing community of enthusiasts have, bit by bit, been unearthing the astonishing truth. This 48-page book focuses on the new, the arcane, and the cultural heritage of perhaps the most beautiful aeroplanes ever made. It is packed with facts and well illustrated with rare and informative photographs.
Copies are available from Lulu.com. The link below should take you to the right page:
Hi all! Here is a quick update regarding Retromechanix - the old site has been taken down and replaced with a document subscription service on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/retromechanix. The main features are:
100+ pages of aeronautical primary documents, most previously unpublished, released monthly in PDF format
Covers American prototype and project aircraft from the 1920s–1950s
Photos and drawings reproduced at 150 DPI or 300 DPI, depending upon your subscription tier
Previews of each month's document release can be watched on my new Youtube channel. The video below covers the Harvey HM-300, a little known jet trainer project offered to the USAF in 1945. For those interested, free sample PDFs about the aircraft in both 150 DPI and 300 DPI resolution can be downloaded on my Patreon.
Here are videos showing the material released since February:
Videos are recorded in 4K and feature several high resolution images along with low resolution previews of the entire release. Key images in the PDFs are watermarked, but the mark is faint and unobtrusive. Content on the original Retromechanix site will be re-released in the near future as supplemental material through Patreon, with some of it upgraded to 300 DPI resolution.
I sincerely hope everyone reading this is healthy and hanging in there during these trying times; thanks and take care!
In 2018 Voyageur Press (part of Quarto U.S.) released the "Spacecraft: 100 Iconic Rockets, Shuttles, and Satellites That Put Us in Space" realized by me and Michael H. Gorn as co-author.
The book come in 4 English editions and 1 French edition (Engins Spatiaux)
Spacecraft book is currently rated #1 as best aerospace book of all the time by bookauthority.org:
Such book is also admitted to the Library of the Congress at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.:
More than 300 public libraries, all over the world, has already the book in their catalougue:
The third issue of The American Aerospace Archive is now available:
In this issue, we examine proposals submitted to the Army Air Force heavy bombardment competition of 1946, which ultimately yielded the legendary Boeing B-52. Though Boeing won the initial competition, it struggled to keep the contract as changing Air Force requirements and rival companies put intense pressure on the program. One of its most aggressive competitors was Douglas Aircraft, which submitted scores of strategic bomber studies from 1947-50 in an effort to reopen the contract to competition. The magazine covers the following studies:
- Boeing Model 462 (the winner - 3 variants)
- Convair Long Range Heavy Bombardment Airplane (forward swept wing bomber depicted on cover)
- Martin Model 216 (”flying aircraft carrier” - 2 variants)
- Martin Model 232 (description only)
- Douglas Very Long Range Bomber C (VLRB-C - 2 variants)
- Douglas Model 1112 (heavy bomber derivative of XB-42 - 3 variants)
- Douglas Model 1155 (interim jet bomber derived from DC-6 - 2 variants)
- Douglas Model 1211 (giant swept wing turboprop bomber - 40 variants)
- Bonus drawings of Douglas X-3 Stiletto photo reconnaissance aircraft mounted under a B-36 and Douglas impressions of the Boeing B-52 (2 variants)
Notable Model 1211 configurations include the Model 1211-J “mother ship,” which was designed to carry photo reconnaissance versions of the Douglas X-3 Stiletto and the XF4D-1 Skyray; the Model 1211-J missile carrier, which featured a large air-to-surface missile mounted on top of the fuselage (possible an early version of the NAA Navaho); and the Model 1211T-55, a truly giant aircraft with a span of 262′ and a length of 207′ 2″. This 60 page magazine features 77 illustrations, photos and artist’s impressions, the majority published here for the first time. It is printed in full color on high quality 80 lb semi-gloss paper with saddle-stitched covers.
For a full preview of the magazine, please visit MagCloud. The magazine, which is almost twice as thick as the last two, is priced at a reasonable $14.95. US, UK and Canadian customers should order the magazine directly through MagCloud.
After long delay, the fifth issue of The American Aerospace Archive is finally available:
In this bumper-size issue, we revisit the theme of early postwar strategic bomber development (originally covered in Issue 3) and introduces two new subjects: the USAF XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier as well as selected Fighter-Conveyor (FICON) studies from the early 1950′s. A common thread throughout this issue is the parasite aircraft, a concept which intrigued the Air Force during this period before being made obsolete by advancements in in-flight refueling and other areas. Featuring hundreds of previously unpublished bomber, transport and parasite aircraft studies, this 204 page magazine is copiously illustrated with 258 drawings, artist’s impressions and photos, including 27 in color. Subjects covered include but are not limited to the following:
Bomber & Transport Studies:
Consolidated Vultee Heavy Bombardment Airplane, Gas Turbine Propelled proposal of 1945 (5 images)
Douglas Models 1042, 1067 & 1274 Tailless Delta Wing Transports/Airliners (3 images)
Douglas Model 1064 Tailless Delta Wing Bombers (11 images)
Douglas Model 1211-J Megapod/Snark Missile/Convair XF-92/Douglas XF4D-1 Carrier (8 images)
Douglas Model 1211R-45 through 1211X-55 Strategic Bombers—new detailed information
Lockheed L-191-3 “Team Bomber” (1 image)
Lockheed L-195 nuclear-powered strategic bombers (3 images)
XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier Studies:
Boeing Model 497 XC Heavy Transport and Model 700-1 to -3 bomber/recon parasites (28 images)
Douglas Models 1240 XC Heavy Transport/1252 medium transport/XC-132 (the main feature—numerous variants, 141 images)
Douglas Models 1251/1251-A/1256 supersonic parasite bombers (14 images)
Lockheed L-168 transport, L-208 XC Heavy Transport, and L-209-5 parasite bomber (4 images)
FICON and other Parasite Aircraft Studies:
North American “Parasite Fighter” and RD-1461 medium bomber/carrier of 1947 (3 images)
Douglas Model 1126 medium bomber (MX-948)/Convair B-36 Fuel Transfer Study (2 images)
Douglas Model 1219 supersonic parasite bomber (2 images)
Douglas FICON studies—B-36 carrying F-80, F-86, F-84, XF-88, XF-90, F-94, F4D, F7U, X-3 parasites (34 images)
Douglas X-3 parasite studies (11 images)
The printed edition features high quality image reproduction on semi-gloss paper with perfect binding and stiffer cover stock than previous issues—more of a soft cover book than a typical magazine. Also available is a new PDF eBook version, which features a special 23 page legal size section reproducing many of the drawings from the main body of the magazine in an uninterrupted landscape format. For a full preview of the contents, please visit MagCloud, where you can also purchase the printed edition for $49.95. MagCloud now ships worldwide at a reasonable price, so all domestic and international readers should order their printed copies through there. The PDF eBook version is available for $16.95. We are working on making PDF eBook versions of our previous issues available in the near future.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I will do my best to respond here on the forum in a timely manner.
My name is Jared Zichek and I've finally joined your wonderful forum. I've been researching, writing and illustrating articles and books on various esoteric aspects of aviation history for about 8 years now. Recently I've started a new magazine focused on US aerospace R&D from the 1920's throught the 1950's. The first issue is about commercial derivatives of the Martin Mars flying boat:
This magazine reproduces a lavish promotional brochure from 1944 of the Martin JRM Mars Transport Airplane, a commercialized version of the world’s largest production flying boat. The magazine covers three proposed versions of this luxurious “flying hotel” with 65 stunning color illustrations and photos throughout. A beautiful artifact from a vanished era, this 36 page monograph is printed in brilliant full color on high quality 80 lb semi-gloss paper with saddle-stitched covers. For a full preview of the magazine, please visit <a href="http://magcloud.com/browse/Issue/3629">MagCloud</a>, the printer and distributor of the American Aerospace Archive.
Domestic US customers should order the magazine directly through MagCloud; shipping is $1.40 per copy. MagCloud does not yet ship outside the US (though it will do so in the near future); in the meantime, international customers may order the magazine through my website, <a href="http://aeroarchivepress.com/">aeroarchivepress.com</a>.
We've already published a second issue, which I will profile in the postwar forum. I will be offline the next few days but will field any questions you may have next week. I really enjoy this forum and look forward to participating in the discussions ahead!
As promised in my earlier post on the commercialized Martin Mars in the Early Aircraft Projects subforum, here is information on the second issue of the American Aerospace Archive covering the navalized derivative of the F-107A, the North American FJ-5:
The NAA FJ-5 fighter proposal was prepared for the Bureau of Aeronautics on July 6, 1955. With its dorsal inlet and sleek aerodynamics, the FJ-5 was among the more unusual and exciting naval fighter proposals of the 1950’s. This monograph covers the prototype, basic (production), supersonic reconnaissance, and rocket-boosted interceptor variants of the design. It is illustrated with 5 wind tunnel model photos and 28 drawings, the majority of which are incredibly detailed and provide ample reference for those wishing to create an accurate model or illustration of this radical jet fighter. The accompanying text is based on official North American reports submitted with the proposal and describes the type in exhaustive detail. As with our earlier monograph on the Martin Mars , this 36 page publication is printed in brilliant full color on high quality 80 lb semi-gloss paper with saddle-stitched covers.
For a full preview of the magazine, please visit <a href="http://magcloud.com/browse/Issue/5087">MagCloud</a>. Domestic US customers should order the magazine directly through MagCloud; shipping is $1.40 per copy. MagCloud does not yet ship outside the US (though it will do so in the near future); in the meantime, international customers may order the magazine through my website, <a href="http://aeroarchivepress.com/">aeroarchivepress.com</a>.
As stated in my earlier post, I will be offline the next few days but will field any questions you may have next week.
The fourth issue of The American Aerospace Archive is now available:
This issue focuses on little-known aspects of McDonnell naval fighter development in the early Cold War period, with special emphasis on the development of the F3H Demon. The magazine covers the following subjects:
-Model 40/40A (1945 day fighter proposal—5 images)
-XF2H-2/-3/-4 Swept-Wing Banshee (9 images)
-Model 58 (original proposal for the F3H Demon—20 images)
-Model 60 (delta wing alternative to the Model 58—9 images, including specially created color artwork for the covers)
-Model 58 wind tunnel tests of alternate nose cones (1 image)
-XF3H-1 Mock-up Inspection (summary)
-F3H-1 Mock-up Inspection (summary with 51 detailed close-up photos)
-F3H-1P Mock-up Inspection (summary)
-Model 58AD (F3H-2 with 30″ Diameter Radar Antenna—1 image)
This 60 page magazine features 97 images, including contemporary illustrations, photos and artist’s impressions, the majority published here for the first time. I excerpted 8 pages from the magazine and put them up on <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/19474281/McDonnell-Naval-Jet-Fighters-Selected-Proposals-and-Mockup-Reports-19451957">Scribd</a>; these are high resolution and give you a good idea of the quality of the interior graphics. The magazine is printed in full color on high quality 80 lb semi-gloss paper with saddle-stitched covers and is priced at a reasonable $14.95. For a full preview of the magazine, please visit <a href="http://magcloud.com/browse/Issue/32899">MagCloud</a>. US, UK and Canadian readers should order the magazine directly through MagCloud. Readers outside of these countries may order the magazine through my website, <a href="http://aeroarchivepress.com/">aeroarchivepress.com</a>. Also, within the next few weeks, UK and European customers should be able to order this issue (along with issues 1-3) through the <a href="http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/">Ian Allan Superstore</a> and the <a href="http://www.aviation-bookshop.com/">Aviation Bookshop</a>, while Japanese customers may order it through <a href="http://www.nishiyama-yosho.co.jp">Nishiyama Yosho</a>.