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  1. Forums are working again.

    Going back seems to be working now. Thanks.
  2. Forums are working again.

    I work with two different Macs, both using Firefox. The back button works as it should on all sites other than this one except for some advertising pages, where it won't go back. In some cases on this site, the back button works. Much more often, as in this case, the current page is listed upwards of 40 times so if I don't see the previous page on the first pull-down screen, I just start over.
  3. Forums are working again.

    Thanks for taking the trouble.
  4. Forums are working again.

    Thanks - now please have that guy look into why the "go back" function is almost useless because a page refreshes itself 10 times a minute so you can't get to the previous one..
  5. Phantom Leading Edge Corragard

    Yes, see https://www.aviationgraphic.com/4726-thickbox_default/f-4b-phantom-ii-vf-84-jolly-rogers-mb-78.jpg. For a couple of examples, see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/12/you-cant-tell-phantoms-without-score.html
  6. Sword 1/72 NAA FJ-2/3 Fury Kits

    And if you get through those, there's a third, albeit shorter, one: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/
  7. Sword 1/72 NAA FJ-2/3 Fury Kits

    A first, inbox look: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2017/10/sword-172-north-american-fj-23-furies.html
  8. HOS-3 (S-51) weird old helicopter

    Nice work - for a more realistic appearance, however, the rotor blades should droop. See http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-note-on-rotor-blade-droop.html
  9. 1950s Navy parachutes

    Martin-Baker seats were bought for the F11Fs but they were not installed, except for two airplanes pulled out of Davis Monthan storage in 1974 for a flight test evaluation of the Rohr in-flight reverser. One was modified with the reverser and the other provided the unmodified baseline. That seems inconsistent with the general changeover even though the F11F's deployed service was brief, particularly since the Training Command F9F-8Ts got M-B seats.
  10. Two F-4J Blue Angel questions

    My bad - I originally was just going to post the link. I then realized that I could post a screen shot of the wing and stabilator tips directly (I haven't settled on a Photobucket substitute yet) and answer the other question so I just added a cryptic comment about the afterburner and what's worse, after the link rather than before it.
  11. Two F-4J Blue Angel questions

    http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-short-tragic-operation-of-f-4.html for J79 engine configuration
  12. 1950s Navy parachutes

    The Navy parachute installation evolved over time. Before World War II, it was located in the bottom of the bucket seat. During the war, particularly aboard carriers, the parachutes were left in the cockpit and a separate harness was created that the pilots wore to and from the airplane. After jets were introduced, there was a gradual transition to backpack parachutes, which were again left in the cockpit (lots of straps involved). Finally, Douglas created a torso harness for the A4D Skyhawk that was worn to the airplane. The only straps in the cockpit were a seat belt and the short ones that combined the functions of the shoulder harness and the attachment to the backpack parachute similar to the Martin-Baker solution, which subsequently became standard. Also see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2011/12/wheres-his-parachute.html To the question, the F11F ejection seat would have had a seat cushion (that may have doubled as a survival kit) and a backpack parachute in place. There were two sets of straps, one to restrain the pilot in the cockpit (i.e. lap belt and full shoulder harness that connected to the lap belt) and the separate parachute harness.
  13. Zinc Chromate yellow?

    Yes
  14. Skyraider wingtip landing lights?

    There will be nothing in my blogs on Skyraider landing/taxi lights because that was one of the changes/modifications associated with a USAF/VNAF A-1s. That said, since I've been working toward a configuration/markings summary for Paul Fisher's A-1E conversion kit, I do have some information on the family model. See http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2017/08/usafvnaf-1es.html
  15. Zinc Chromate yellow?

    Bell built the wing. Rockwell Tulsa built the fuselage.
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