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  1. Of the US Navy WWII aircraft, I would much prefer to see a Hellcat following the Corsair, for its exceptional flying qualities, but I've always had an interest in the Helldiver too. In addition to the one Helldiver currently flying, owned by the Commemorative Air Force, there are two more under restoration to fly which should be flying within the next two years. One is a SB2C-1A under restoration at Westpac Restorations for Jim Slattery in Colorado, and the other is an SB2C-5 under in-house restoration at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Minnesota.
  2. At this time, there has only been one original Fw-190 flying, an A-5, owned/operated by the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, and it is also the only one powered by a BMW 801. The aircraft is WkNr.151227 (N19027). Post-restoration, there have only been two pilots who have flown this aircraft, Steve Hinton Sr. and Kevin Eldridge. Cockpit vid: There are 10 other full-sized Fw-190's flying in the world, but they are all replicas manufactured by Flug Werke as partially-completed kits in the early 2000's. Although they look the part quite well, their intern
  3. Here are some favorites from an early morning "training flight" (joy flight) in the Jug, flying from High Halden south to Beachy Head and back using the Channel Map.
  4. In the video that Fox posted, that particular P-47 has all of the exhaust dumped out stacks at the front, with no lengthy exhaust or turbocharger influencing the sound as it does on a stock P-47. As such, that one and some others flying today sound more like a Corsair than a stock P-47. Nice video Cromhunt, and great job sticking the wheel landing. I've always loved those markings too, back to the 1990's when Charles Osborn's P-47 was painted in those markings (same aircraft now painted "Tarheel Hal" with the Lone Star Flight Museum).
  5. Its been said that the base sounds were recorded from the Duxford-based P-47, which is 'Nellie B', registered as G-THUN (used to be painted as 'No Guts, No Glory' back when owned by The Fighter Collection). It doesn't have a turbocharger and the exhaust setup is non-stock, with the exhaust routed to the rear fuselage and exiting out of two stacks near to where the turbo would be located. It does however have more of a P-47 muffled and "throaty" sound than some of the others flying today that have all of the exhaust dumped out the front via stacks in-place of the waste-gates (sounding more like
  6. The four Thunderbolts flying today with functioning turbos, showing smoke at startup and running on the ground, coming from both the waste-gates and turbo: "Tallahassee Lassie" (N7159Z): "Dottie Mae" (N47DM): (startup at beginning of video - none of the other P-47's in the video have working turbos or stock exhaust setups) (after the 2:18 mark, taxiing out, still smoking from the turbo) 45-49385 (N47DF) (after the 1:28 mark - also, when watching this video, the first two P-47's to takeoff have no turbocharger and the exhaust is directly routed through stacks at the
  7. On the four P-47's flying today with working turbos ("Dottie Mae" (N47DM), "Hun Hunter XVI" (N9246B), 45-49385 (N47DF) and "Tallahassee Lassie" (N7159Z)), you can find videos of them starting up and the exhaust comes out both the waste-gates and the turbo. Most of the P-47's flying today completely bypass the turbocharger/intercooler section by having custom-made piping running directly from the chin air intake to the carburetor, as is the case on P-47D "Nellie B" (G-THUN), Planes of Fame's P-47G (N3395G), P-47G "Snafu" (N47FG), P-47D "Tarheel Hal" (N4747P) and P-47D "Wicked Wabbit" (N64
  8. With a radial engine, you can generally tell by the amount of smoke it spews at startup as to how long the engine has been sitting. Even for a museum like Planes of Fame, any one particular aircraft in the museum is only run/flown every so often (certainly not on a weekly basis). Given the date of the film, and the level of smoke, I would say that that had to have been its first start up of the year/first start in months. Here are some reference videos which are good studies, as this particular P-47D, "Tallahassee Lassie", is one of the few of the 11 P-47's flying today which is completely
  9. Just for the record, of the 11 P-47's currently flying in the world, 4 of them have working turbochargers. Those being: - P-47D-28-RA "Dottie Mae" 42-29150 (N47DM) owned/operated by Allied Fighters - P-47D-40-RA "Hun Hunter XVI" 44-90460 (N9246B) owned/operated by Neal Melton - P-47D-40-RA "78th FG" 45-49385 (N47DF) owned/operated by Westpac Restorations - P-47D-40-RA "Tallahassee Lassie" 45-49406 (N7159Z) owned/operated by the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum The rest of those flying have creative methods of either rerouting the exhaust and/or bypassing the turbo. All of th
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