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ESM 71 inch P47 (Global Warehouse)

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    P-47 DThunerbolt

    Wingspan: 70.8"
    Engine: 1.20 four stroke or equivalent gas or electric.
    Weight: approx. 12-13 lbs.
    Radio: 6 channel, 8 servos

    Features:

    Factory painted in one of two authentic WWII paint schemes, with pre-applied decals, covered with clear coat.
    Functional flaps
    Factory installed pushrod guide tubes.
    All hardware included (screws, rods, fuel tanks etc...)
    Epoxy resin fiberglass fuselage and cowl, built up wings, covered with special covering which pain adheres to, and finished with a flat paint scheme, decals pre-applied and clear coated! 
    Hardware package and illustrated instruction manual included. special thanks to KMP & YT for all descriptions.

    OPTIONAL:

    OPTIONAL 2: The latest G3 Electric retracts  Add $244 AUD

    Box dimension: 135cmx45cmx51cm

    History:

    The Republic p-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the Juggernaut or 'Jug', was the largest single engine fighter plane of its day.  Originally designed as an interceptor it was later turned into one of the most versatile and durable ground attack aircraft of its generation. 

    The P-47 began its development as a platform to demonstrate the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engine with a belly-mounted turbocharger in 1939.  Though this experiment was largely a failure, the airframe was adapted and several prototypes were abandoned before a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp two-row 18-cylinder radial engine provided the platform sufficient power and a workable design.   The production P-47 had almost no commonality with the demonstration AP-4 it was based on.

    The result was an all metal monoplane with elliptical wings, a roomy and comfortable cockpit (for its day - it even had air conditioning!), self-sealing fuel tanks which could hold 350 US gallons and other modernized features.  Its large tanks gave it a longer range than most fighters at the time.  Its large cowl efficiently cooled the engine and turbocharger.

    The C version of the P-47 entered service with the 56th fighter group in September 1942.   The 56th was deployed to England in 1942, where they joined the 4th and 6th fighter groups supporting the bombers of the 8th Air Force.  The 4th and 6th were largely experienced pilots, many of whom were US volunteers with the RAF, who had rejoined the US forces after America entered the war.  The British  were impressed by the P-47's size, and joked that the pilots could avoid luftwaffe gunfire by running back and forth inside the fuselage.    In part because of its size and speed, it was quickly nicknamed the 'Juggernaut' or 'Jug' for short.    The P-47 D was introduced quickly after the P-47 first entered combat, making several small changes, such as more cooling flaps exitting the engine cowl to reduce heat build up, armour protection and larger fuel tanks (adding almost 70 Gallons of fuel), plus the addition of drop tanks.

    These changes allowed the P-47 to excel in its role as an escort aircraft.  Some D's were also fitted with bubbletop canopies.

    With the addition of drop tanks, the P-47 could escort bombers deep into Germany, and this often led to a long flight home with a bored pilot and guns flush with ammo.  As a result many flights engaged targets of opportunity, typically German convoys or other ground targets.  It was quickly realized that the durability of the massive radial engine allowed it to survive ground fire that would have brought down other aircraft, like the Mustang or Spitfire.  The 8 .50 calibre machine guns made short work of lightly armoured targets.   For the rest of the war it was primarily used in this role, destroying 90 000 train cars and engines, 6000 tanks and armoured vehicles, and 68000 trucks.  An impressive tally.  No wonder when the USAF was looking for a name for the A-10 the called it the 'Thunderbolt II'!

     

     




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