P-47 Pilot Preflight Check

P-47N pilot’s preflight check, from: Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47N, Headquarters, AAF Manual 51-127-4, Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C., September 1945.

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Pilot’s Preflight Check

The preflight check starts before you reach your airplane. Survey the proposed taxiing route for any possible future obstruction, such as a fuel truck about to move. Study the ramp area for stray equipment or rubbish and rags that might be blown into the airscoop or tail assembly by prop blast.

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P-47 Pilot Equipment

Typical U.S. pilot’s personal equipment from Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47N, Headquarters, AAF Manual 51-127-4, Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C., September 1945.

Personal Equipment

On all flights, wear:
1. Helmet
2. Goggles
3. Gloves
4. Life vest
5. Parachute
6. Oxygen mask
7. First aid and emergency kit
8. One-man life raft (when flying over water)
9. Knife

The mask is worn on all flights to accustom you to it and to protect your face in case of fire. You wear gloves as a fire protection and to prevent skinned knuckles, which are inevitable without gloves. Use your goggles when needed. Do not wear commercial polaroid glasses. Use only government issue. The knife is carried to puncture your dinghy should it accidentally be inflated. It must be worn where it can be reached easily, preferably on the calf of your leg.

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NASA P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt with the early “Razorback” canopy at Langley Research Center.

NACA P-47 Thunderbolt

(NASA Langley Photo)


 

P-47 Thunderbolt with USAAF in MTO, Asia and Pacific

New book and decal sheet release on the P-47 Thunderbolt from Kagero Publishing for June 2013: SMI LIBRARY 07: P-47 Thunderbolt with the USAAF in the MTO, Asia and Pacific by Tomasz Szlagor.

The latest release covers the service of the P-47 Thunderbolt in the Mediterranean, Asia and Pacific theaters during World War II. Details: A4 size, 96 pages, 132 black & white, 6 color photos, color profiles of 4 aircraft, decal sheet printed by Cartograf.

The book includes 1:32, 1:48 and 1:72 decals with markings for the following three planes: P-47D-28-RA (s/n 42-29091) coded ‘42’ and named Passionate Patsy, flown by Lt. Ralph Barnes of 310th FS / 58th FG; P-47D-30-RE (s/n 44-20866) coded ‘53’ and named Schmaltzie/Mercedes, flown by Lt. Frank ‘Duffy’ Middleton of 65th FS / 57th FG; and P-47N-1-RE (s/n 44-87996) coded ‘08’ and named Cheek Baby, flown by Lt. Durwood B. Williams of 333rd FS / 318th FG.

P-47 Thunderbolt with the USAAF
 

P-47 Mascot

Dog Mascot P-47 Thunderbolt WW2 Color Photo

Unit mascot sits proudly in the nose of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter. (U.S. Air Force WW2 Photo)


 

Thunderbolts Blast ‘Em

Thunderbolts Blast Em: U.S. Army Air Forces

U.S. Army Air Forces WW2 Poster


 

P-47N Fuel System

P-47 Fuel System

Source: Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47N, Headquarters, AAF Manual 51-127-4, Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C., September 1945.

 

P-47 Canopies

“P-47 Canopies” from Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47, AAF Manual 50-5, Headquarters AAF. Top: The streamlined version used in combat affords 360 degrees of vision. Utilize every single degree in scanning the sky for an enemy. Bottom: The old-style “greenhouse,” used in training. While under this canopy, develop the “swivel-neck” that’ll prevent unpleasant surprises later.

P-47 Thunderbolt Greenhouse and Bubble Canopy
 

Bombshell Decals

Bombshell Decals has announced several new 1/48th-scale decal sets covering P-47 Thunderbolts and B-26 Marauders.

Marauding Esquire Girls 
Marauding Esquire Girls
1/48, B-26C Marauder, 48-BS-0010, Price $16.00

P-47D Razorback Jugs 
P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs Part 1
1/48, P-47D Razorback, 48-BS-0011, Price $16.00

P-47D Razorback Double D Jugs 
P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs Part 2
1/48, P-47D Razorback, 48-BS-0012, Price $16.00

Other recent decal sets from Bombshell Decals include:

  • B-26, Marauding Esquire Girls, 1/72, 72-BS-007
  • P-38, “Wicked Women” 1/48 P-38 Lightnings, Pt. I, 1/48, 48-BS-008
  • P-38, “Wicked Women” 1/48 P-38 Lightnings, Pt. II, 1/48, 48-BS-009
  • P-38, “Wicked Women” 1/32 P-38 Lightnings, Pt. I, 1/32, 32-BS-005
  • P-38, “Wicked Women” 1/32 P-38 Lightnings, Pt. II, 1/32, 32-BS-006
  • B-25, Corsica B-25J Mitchell Bombers Limited Edition “Super Sheet”, 1/72, 72-BS-004
  • B-25J, “MMR” of 321st BG/447th BS & “Stuff” of 321st BG/445th BS, 1/48, 48-BS-0001
  • B-25J, “Briefing Time” & “Ruthie” of 340th BG/489th, 1/48, 48-BS-0002
  • B-25J, “Miss Rebel” & “Solid Jackson” of 340th BG/489th, 1/48, 48-BS-0003
 

Fighters over Saipan

A formation of three famous U.S. fighters of WWII over Saipan: a North American P-51 Mustang, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, and a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of the 318th and 15th Fighter Groups. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

P-51, P-38 and P-47 Fighters over Saipan

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