Flying the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt DVD
How to Fly the Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt" (1943 B&W)
* Pilot Familiarization for the P-47 ( 23:00)
You'll see a detailed, step-by-step introductory rundown on the Thunderbolt's lay out, specs, design and capabilities. Especially informative is a tour of all the major cockpit instruments and components.
* Ground Handling, Takeoff, Normal Flight and Landing (24:34) A concise hands on run through of the basics of piloting the big "Bolt, from pre flight check through touch down. Ungainly in appearance, the Thunderbolt was a lethal weapon in the ETO. Aces like Zemke and Gabreski racked up most of their kills in a "Jug," and as the war progressed, it became the ground attack weapon of choice for the Americans in Europe. * High Altitude Flight and Aerobatics (21:08)
See the Jug Rock & Roll ! Loops, rolls, dives, the big Jug can do it all. Contains a thorough explanation of high altitude P-47 turbo-supercharger theory & operation too.
* Uncrating and Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt (40:00)
This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle pumps! You'll also get a unique look at the inner workings of the big Jug as it is literally bolted together by field personnel. A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike!*
P-47 Thunderbolt Folly (3 Parts 1944
B&W 36:00) NEW!
This is a series of three films
produced by the U.S. Army Air Force that was shown to training
instructors on how to prevent "avoidable" accidents during
advanced P-47 flight school. Each film has a series of five case
studies based on actual incidents that resulted in damaged aircraft
and, in some instances the injury or death of the pilots involved.
Watch P-47 Thunderbolts on the ground and in the air, supplemented
with animations, charts and graphs. You'll see the errors that lead
to each accident and then specific steps on how to avoid them.
Our thanks to Bob Cairo, last president
of the P-47 Alumni Association, for generously providing this very
Part 1: Failure to S Turn while
taxiing; Wheels up landings; Landing short of the runway; Stalls &
Spins; and Colliding with a ground target during gunnery practice.
* * 50-page Republic P-47D Thunderbolt pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more. The P-47D was the first "bubble canopy Thunderbolt and was most widely used version of the "Jug."
Part 2: Retracting landing gear
on the ground; Improper tank selection leading to gasoline
starvation; Colliding with a towed target; Flying too low under a low ceiling & crashing into
the water, and Overshooting the runway.
Part 3: Violent braking leading
to a nose plant; Oxygen starvation at high altitude; Blocking an
active runway; Mid air collisions during head on attack exercises;
Dropping in to, land from too high an altitude.
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