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Thunderbolt Described Part 1 and Part 2
Spellbinder99
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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:30 PM UTC
By Kookaburra Technical Publications, copyright 1971!
Written by Geoff Duval and colour profiles by Geoff Pentland. Each of these 26 page card covered monographs has 1/72 scale drawings and colour profiles.
I have a soft spot for these two little books as they were my first P-47 reference books I bought back in the mid seventies.....

Cheers

Tony

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Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 - 09:05 AM UTC
Here is a little story on how the bubble top came to be..
Bubbletop P-47
All the P-47s to this point had a "razorback" canopy configuration with a tall fuselage spine behind the pilot which resulted in poor visibility to the rear. The British also had this problem with their fighter aircraft, and had devised the bulged "Malcolm hood" canopy for the Spitfire as an initial solution. This was fitted in the field to many North American P-51 Mustangs, and to a handful of P-47Ds (and far more on P-47Bs and P-47Cs). However, the British then came up with a much better solution, devising an all-round vision "bubble" canopy for the Hawker Typhoon. USAAF officials liked the bubble canopy, and quickly adapted it to American fighters, including the P51 and the Thunderbolt. The first P-47 with a bubble canopy was a modified P47 D-5 completed in the summer of 1943 and redesignated XP-47K. Another older P-47 D was modified to provide an internal fuel capacity of 370 U.S. gallons (1,402 L) and given the designation XP-47L. The bubble canopy and increased fuel capacity were then rolled into production together, resulting in the block 25 P47 D (rather than a new variant designation). First deliveries to combat groups began in May 1944.
From this web site. http://www.battle-fleet.com/pw/his/p47.htm
Kelly
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Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 - 09:16 AM UTC

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The British also had this problem with their fighter aircraft, and had devised the bulged "Malcolm hood" canopy for the Spitfire as an initial solution. This was fitted in the field to many North American P-51 Mustangs, and to a handful of P-47Ds (and far more on P-47Bs and P-47Cs).



No P-47B's were sent to Europe and manufacture was discontinued way before the Malcolm hood trials.
Also, I dont think I've ever seen a photo of a "C" with a Malcolm Hood.

Nige
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Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 - 09:45 AM UTC
I was afraid of that.. the world wide wicked web. Thanks for the clarification.
Kelly
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Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 - 10:40 AM UTC
Its one of the aims of this site to be the most accurate research centre for P-47's on the internet.
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Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:08 AM UTC
check this out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-47_Thunderbolt the paragraph i copied from that website is the same as out of wiki. Just shows how misinformation can get started and perpetuated .
Later,
Kelly