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VQ P-47 D “HAIRLESS JOE”
59″ EP/GP ARF
CHOOSE the Famous P-47 D Bubble Top Canopy “HAIRLESS JOE” and relive a bit of US AVIATION HISTORY!
The Thunderbolt was the brainchild of Republic Aircraft’s chief designer, Alexander Kartveli. His challenge was to meet a 1940 Army Air Corps demand for a high speed, high altitude fighter with immense firepower. Republic had been developing the P-44, follow-on to its P-43 Lancer, but Kartveli realized it would fall far short of Army requirements. Kartveli molded the P-43’s lines into a new design patterned around the V-block Allison V-1710 engine. It later became clear that the new fighter, designated P-47, would never reach its potential with the under-powered Allison and it was replaced with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial mated to a turbocharger for high altitude performance. To take advantage of the powerful R-2800, Republic fitted an immense four-bladed propeller. With an armament consisting of eight .50-inch machine guns, maximum speed of well over 400 mph, and a maximum ceiling of 40,000 feet, the Thunderbolt was just what the Air Corps was looking for in a fighter.
One of the deadliest ground-attack platforms of World War II, the P-47 Thunderbolt saw extensive action in the European, Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters of operation. With the addition of long-range drop tanks, it proved to be a successful escort fighter for American B-17s and B-24s flying deep into Nazi Germany. With an empty weight of nearly 10,000 pounds, the P-47 was the largest and heaviest single-engine fighter of World War II. The aircraft’s weight, combined with its mighty 2,000 hp engine, gave the P-47 an extraordinary dive speed exceeding 525 mph. Its robust construction and lethal firepower made it not only a devastating ground-attack platform, but also a superb fighter.
The Thunderbolt saw action in nearly every theater of World War II, serving as the mount of numerous American aces, including Francis Gabreski and Robert Johnson. Two Texans were the only P-47 pilots to receive the Medal of Honor as Raymond Knight, from Houston and Neel Kearby from Wichita Falls received the award posthumously. Other nations that used the P-47 were the United Kingdom, Soviet Union, Brazil, Mexico, the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force, and Free France. After the War, P-47s continued to serve in the Air National Guards, with France in Indo-China, and throughout Central and South America.
Hairless Joe P-47D 42-26641 CO. 56FG 8th AFFlown by Col. David Schilling, this was one of seven P-47’s assigned to Schilling. He flew this aircraft the day he downed 5 enemy aircraft on 23 Dec. 1944 raising his final score to 22.5. “Zemke’s Wolfpack” P-47’s commonly painted the popular cartoon characters of Al Capp’s “Dogpatch”.
- – All Balsa and lite-ply construction
- – Fully covered in weathered detail
- – Fiberglass Cowling
- – Hand painted pilot
- -Wing Pylons and Center Mount Bomb included
- – Control surfaces pre-hinged and installed
- -Battery Pack Hatch Integrated Into Fuselage
- Wingspan: 59″
- Fuselage Length: 48″
- Weight: ~ 6.0- 6.5 lbs
- Engine req: .55 2-stroke, .70-82 4-stroke or equivalent electric power
- Radio req: 6 channel w/ 6-7 servos
Wheels, servo trays, engine mounts,fuel tank, fiberglass cowling, radiator air scoop, spinner, decals and all hardware.
* Does not include: retracts, radio equipment, motor/engine, glue, aluminum wheels or silicone fuel line.