P-47 Thunderbolt

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Field Assembly Video. This truly remarkable design is shown in a step-by-step training film of how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 fighter in a farm field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools and pieces of the shipping crate in which it came. The P-47 underwent several tests in the Full Scale Tunnel.


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03/24/1942

P-47B Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47B Thunderbolt was one of the great fighters used by the U. S. Army Air Force in World War II, and crews praised its ability to absorb punishment. This P-47B was used by NACA engineers to study the horizontal tail loads experienced by a fighter during abrupt maneuvers.

See also Test 137 in Full Scale Tunnel

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02/08/1943

P-47C Thunderbolt

Republic's P-47 was one example of a perfect marriage of airframe and power plant. The engine of this P-47C was still under study, as can be ascertained by the survey rake for measuring propeller thrust. This rake protrudes from the fuselage just behind the cowling ahead and in front of the wing.
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02/08/1943

P-47D Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47D Thunderbolt could be seen in two different guises, as here with the earlier "Razorback" canopy, and later models with a clear "brown" canopy similar to that on the P-51D.
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P-47D-30

The P-47D-30 was an aircraft that was created during World War II that was to include the bubble canopy that many of the British aircraft fighters were adapted with; However, the P-47D-30 would cut down on the rear fuselage, making the yaw unstable.


See Also

Test 128 in Full Scale Tunnel

Test 130 in Full Scale Tunnel

Test 137 in Full Scale Tunnel

8-Foot High Speed Tunnel Dive Recovery Flap

Wikipedia Discussion


[top] Documents

Wind-Tunnel Investigation of Carburetor-Air Inlets. 1942. Nelson, W.J., and C.R. Czarnecki.

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