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Photo ID: 1011391
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Model: Republic P-47D Registration: 490438, NX647D
Year: 1944 Serial Number: 44-90438
Engine(s): P&W R2800-59, 2300-HP Owner: John Schoffner, Aviation Management Resources
Location: Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Sevierville, TN Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2004, April Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 7/1/04 - P-47D-40-RA Thunderbolt, 44-90438 and c/n 389-55583 (or 399-55583, depending on your source) was built in 1944. It is one of 6093 P-47D's built in Republic's Evansville, IN plant from 1942-45 and bears tail #490438. It is hard for me to comprehend how many airplanes were produced so quickly during the Big War!

It went to the Yugoslav Air Force in early 1952 and was given their s/n 13021. Technically it would have been an F-47D by then, as designations were changed from P (Pursuit) to F (Fighter) in 1948. In 1984 it went to the Yugoslav Aeronautical Museum in Belgrade; in 1985 to Warbirds of Great Britain; in 1986 to John Whittington of Knoxville, TN; and in 1996 to John Schoffner of Middlesboro, KY. It is a very nice Thunderbolt, one that we would all be proud to own.

Photo ID: 1011392
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Notes: That's a Hamilton Standard 24E50 propeller with 6507A-0 blades, the same (blade) as used on the TBM and several other aircraft. Some P-47s had the Curtiss Electric prop. The P&W R2800 "Double Wasp" is a twin row, 2800-cubic inch, 2300-HP, internally supercharged engine.

I took these photos at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation and highly recommend it as a place to visit. They have a nice, well-displayed collection and were quite friendly.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011393
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Notes: P-47 drivers have quite a bit of flap to hang out for drag.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011394
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Notes: This aircraft displays the registration as NX647D, although you will find it in the FAA registry as simply N647D. It is FAA certificated for Experimental, Racing and Exhibition operations. Serial number 8955583 is a bit different. Assuming the c/n is 389-55583, it looks like someone, somewhere, dropped the "3" and the dash to come up with this.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011395
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Notes: The P-47 is a stout aircraft. Tough. No offense to Mustang drivers, but it is much more masculine looking than the P-51.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011396
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Notes: Interesting historical, technical and performance notes on the P-47D.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
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