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An excellent photo album of a wonderful P-47 restoration including detailed cockpit images can be found here: Facebook.

You can also access the Facebook album via Randy's Warbird Profiles: P-47-40-RA Thunderbolt. (There are fewer photos on the website).

 

Many of the photos are also here: Republic P-47D-40-RA Thunderbolt – History, Culture, Arts, Technology by Randall Malmstrom (wordpress.com)

 

This was a serendipitous discovery for me. Randy Malmstrom's name came up in my newsfeed because I work at Malmstrom AFB, named for Randy's cousin Col. Einar Axel Malmstrom.

 

I found this image particularly interesting because of the red cover on the rocket selector.

 

P-47D-40 with rocket control.jpg


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thanks OP, great stuff!

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21 hours ago, Thunderbolt Lightfoot said:

An excellent photo album of a wonderful P-47 restoration including detailed cockpit images can be found here: Facebook.

You can also access the Facebook album via Randy's Warbird Profiles: P-47-40-RA Thunderbolt. (There are fewer photos on the website).

 

Many of the photos are also here: Republic P-47D-40-RA Thunderbolt – History, Culture, Arts, Technology by Randall Malmstrom (wordpress.com)

 

This was a serendipitous discovery for me. Randy Malmstrom's name came up in my newsfeed because I work at Malmstrom AFB, named for Randy's cousin Col. Einar E. Malmstrom.

 

I found this image particularly interesting because of the red cover on the rocket selector.

 

P-47D-40 with rocket control.jpg

 


That red switch might jettison the bazooka tubes.

 

Check this thread out:

 

https://forums.eagle.ru/topic/266167-jettison-bazooka-tubes/?do=findComment&comment=4727898


Also just noticed the primer switch next to the starter switch!

 

I guess instead of manually pumping a few times you just flip the switch for a few seconds!!!  That’s pretty neat!


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I've seen the primer switch in the early P-47N Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions too, in illustrations showing what I think is a P-47N-1 panel because the electric bomb release panel under the parking brake is also shown (ie, not the HVAR counter). The illustrations in the P-47N PFOI and training manual do not have the primer pump handle. 

 

I've also noticed an empty hole next to the starter on P-47D-30-RA S/N 44-32691, an airframe produced at the same Evansville, Indiana plant as the P-47D-40-RA series. That's only an observation...not a conclusive statement about primer switches equipped in either variant. But as similar as the P-47D-40 was in many regards to the early P-47N blocks, I think it is very likely that the P-47D-40 should have an electric primer. Interestingly it seems the D-40 should also have the primer pump handle -- which I'm basing on surviving P-47D-40s including 44-90368 (displayed as P-47D-30 "Tarheel Hal") pictured below. Restorations are a tricky reference though.

 

P-47_Thurnderbolt_002.jpg


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3 hours ago, Thunderbolt Lightfoot said:

I've seen the primer switch in the early P-47N Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions too, in illustrations showing what I think is a P-47N-1 panel because the electric bomb release panel under the parking brake is also shown (ie, not the HVAR counter). The illustrations in the P-47N PFOI and training manual do not have the primer pump handle. 

 

I've also noticed an empty hole next to the starter on P-47D-30-RA S/N 44-32691, an airframe produced at the same Evansville, Indiana plant as the P-47D-40-RA series. That's only an observation...not a conclusive statement about primer switches equipped in either variant. But as similar as the P-47D-40 was in many regards to the early P-47N blocks, I think it is very likely that the P-47D-40 should have an electric primer. Interestingly it seems the D-40 should also have the primer pump handle -- which I'm basing on surviving P-47D-40s including 44-90368 (displayed as P-47D-30 "Tarheel Hal") pictured below. Restorations are a tricky reference though.

 

P-47_Thurnderbolt_002.jpg

 


Yeah it’s hard to pinpoint these changes on restorations… especially flying examples.

 

Was the electric primer added to the P-47D-40 towards the end of the European theater… was it added during the Pacific theater once the P-47N came out… was it added after WW2 altogether when the P-47’s were flown by ANG units… or was it added by a current day pilot to make flying a bit easier?

 

Have you seen the “No Guts No Glory” P-47’s cockpit?  It doesn’t resemble a historical P-47 at all!!!  They’ve modernized it quite a bit to make current day flying easier.  Kind of a shame, actually!

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