LSFM's Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Tarheel Hal"
The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) is the owner and operator of this rare Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, which is available for airshows, flybys and film and is also a member of the extremely popular United States Air Force Heritage Flight program.
The P-47 was the largest single engine fighter of WWII. It has eight .50 caliber Browning machine guns and nearly 3000 rounds of ammo.
Affectionately nicknamed "The Jug," the P-47 was one of the most famous US Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter planes of WWII. Although originally conceived as a lightweight interceptor, the P-47 developed as a heavyweight fighter and made its first flight on May 6, 1941. The first production model was delivered to the USAAF in March 1942, and in April 1943 the Thunderbolt flew its first combat mission, a sweep over Western Europe. Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, the P-47 quickly gained a reputation for ruggedness. Its sturdy construction and air-cooled radial engine enabled the Thunderbolt to absorb severe battle damage and keep flying.
Using the Jug as a fighter-bomber came about when pilots, returning from escort missions deep inside of Germany, would attack targets of opportunity on there way home. The P-47 gradually became the USAAF's best fighter-bomber, carrying 500 lb bombs, the triple-tube M-8 4.5 inch rocket launcher, and eventually HVARs (High Velocity Ariel Rockets). In this role it destroyed thousands of tanks, locomotives, parked aircraft, and tens of thousand of trucks and other vehicles. With eight .50 caliber machine guns, the only targets truly safe from the Jug's guns
were the heavy tanks and ships; and on those, the P-47 rained bombs and rockets.
Production P-47B, -C, early -D and -G series aircraft were built with metal-framed "greenhouse"
type cockpit canopies. Late -D series (dash 25 and later) aircraft and all -M and -N series production aircraft were given clear "bubble" canopies, which gave the pilot improved rearward vision.
During WWII, the P-47 served in almost every active war theater and in the forces of several Allied nations. By the end of WWII, more than 15,600 Thunderbolts had been built, making it one of the most heavily produced fighter aircraft in history.
The LSFM's P-47D Thunderbolt is painted to match "Tarheel Hal" flown by Lt. 'Ike' Davis of the 358th Fighter Group, 366th Fighters Squadron, 9th Air Force in Europe during WWII. This vintage fighter has a near original cockpit configuration.
Source : www.warbirddepot.com
This colourful warbird has been a musthave for me, so i took the nice kit from REVELL and painted the wounderful markings per hand.