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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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* Thunderbolt! (Color, 1944, 45:00) 5/2/2010
Exclusive Special Edition - New digitally restored video from
recently released archival print with more than 5 minutes of additional
content. See the difference here. "Thunderbolt!" chronicles the exploits of the P-47 Thunderbolt
pilots of the "Fighting Cocks" of the 65th Fighter squadron, 57th
Fighter Group. New -- additional
footage of 64th FS "Black Scorpions," 66th FS "Terminators" and Free
French P-47s. Based on the island
of Corsica off the northwest coast of the Italian boot, they flew from
behind the enemy's flank. As part of "Operation Strangle," they
continuously attacked highways, bridges, ammo dumps, railroads and just
about anything that moved to choke off the flow of supplies to the Axis
front line. This film not only features one-of-a-kind P-47 combat
footage, it also shows day-to-day life on a MTO forward air base,
including vintage pilot slang.
has to be finest combination of great photography, a hard bitten,
realistic script, stirring music, powerful narration and full bore
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59W Double Wasp radial engine roar I have
seen or heard in a World War II documentary. Truly memorable and highly
* P-47 Combat Operations (1945, Black & White, 16:30)
film was shown to fledgling "Jug "pilots before they shipped out to
forward air bases around the world. This engrossing video features a
half dozen real pilots flying real missions in a variety of roles in
all theater of war, including very rare footage of Thunderbolt napalm
attacks against Japanese pill boxes in the Pacific. You'll hear the
action described in their own words, including a liberal sprinkling of
vintage pilot slang.
* Ramrod to Emden New restored print (1945, B&W, 34:00)
56th Fighter Group (made up of the 61, 62 & 63 squadrons) was one
of the most storied Air Corps units of World War II. Home to aces like
David Schilling (22 kills), Frances "Gabby" Gabreski (28), Robert S.
Johnson (27), Fred Christensen (21.5), Walker Mahurin (21), and CO
Hubert "Hub" Zemke (18), the 56th blazed an early trail across the
skies of the ETO in their massive but deadly P-47 Thunderbolts. "Ramrod
to Emden" is the action packed story of their Dec 11, 1943 bomber
escort mission (aka "a ramrod") to Emden, Germany.
112-page Republic P-47N Thunderbolt pilot's training manual in
.pdf file format with photos, systems diagrams, gunsight operation,
tactics, procedures & and much more. The "N" was the final variant
of the P-47, a "Super Thunderbolt" developed for long range operations
in the Pacific.
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