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Photo ID: 1011383
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Model: Republic P-47D-40-RA Registration: 490460, N9246B
Year: 1944 Serial Number: 44-90460
Engine(s): P&W R2800-59, 2300-HP Owner: R. Neal Melton
Luttrell, TN
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 - The P-47 has a sort of "Take me on" stance, something like a body-builder. P-47D-40-RA, c/n 399-55605 was built in Republic's Evansville, IN plant and delivered to the USAAF in May, 1945 as s/n 44-90460. It was about 500 from the last of 12,609 P-47Ds! These were then followed by the P-47G, M and N, and including earlier models there were 15,683 Thunderbolts built.

There are a lot of historical and performance details in the last photo in this section so I won't duplicate it all here. One interesting tidbit is that this aircraft served with the Brazilian Air Force as F-47 4175 from 1953-58, and then spent nearly 30-years as a gate guard there. It has been totally restored and is now FAA registered as N9246B, s/n 44-90460, and certificated in Experimental/ Exhibition category.

Photo ID: 1011384
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Notes: The gear well and bomb rack. The gear has to be pretty rugged for the P-47s 17,500 pound takeoff weight.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011385
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Notes: The P&W R2800 "Double Wasp" is a twin row, 2800-cubic inch, 2300-HP engine, both supercharged and turbocharged. This is a "B-Series" engine as compared to the later "C-Series" R2800's. The oval cowling is a distinctive of the P-47 - - but then, it's pretty hard to confuse it with other aircraft anyway!

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: 1011386
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Notes: The P-47D is 36' long and has nearly a 41' wing span.

Engine exhaust gasses are ducted to a GE turbocharger in the rear fuselage, and then out the bottom of the aircraft near the tailwheel, as you can see. Compressed air is run forward, through intercoolers in the side of the fuselage, to the carburetor. There is a door on each side, just behind the "40", to exit the hot air.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011387
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Notes: A shot of the flaps, and the engine exhaust duct under the star on the fuselage.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011388
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Notes: Everyone at the museum was friendly but nobody said, "Climb in and take it around the patch".
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011389
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Notes: Aircraft details as typically displayed on WW-II aircraft.

Here is an excellent site for P-47D information.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011390
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Notes: A nicely detailed info board!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
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