That's the one Dave. The other side of the engine cowl sports a different lady with the name "Short Snorter". This is my fav P-47N of the 333rd Fighter Squadron, 316th Fighter Group. Its also unusual as the pilot, Lt John D.K Brunner painted this nose art himself. If you look between the lady's elbow and her butt you can actually see where Brunner signed the painting. Post war he went on to become a commercial artist. The name came from the fact that the P-47 was considered to be "Too Big and too heavy" to be a fighter. The N model was larger than the D with a different wing holding more fuel for the Pacific.
Dave, N was way changed over the D model. Bigger 2,800hp R2800, carry more so heavier undercarriage, bigger turbocharger. Think from memory about 20700lbs Max Take Off whereas the P-51D was about 13,000 lbs. The VLR Pacific Mustangs may have been a bit more than the 13,000 due to the larger drop tanks but there is a huge difference between the two machines..........like nearly 3.5 tons........
Dave, RAF just received various sub-types of the P-47D (including high backs and low backs) for the squadrons in Burma (and I think some Thunderbolts served in an RAF OTU in Egypt too, or have I got that wrong?) Awaiting further suggestions! David D
SEAC major user and they were at OTU in Egypt. "Wack" Whiteman told me of a Thunderbolt he saw with his own eyes being fitted with a Russian engine in Egypt and a conversion being made for crop spraying. "Wack" flew the record breaking Mustang between Oz and NZ and said that somewhere he had a pic of the Thunderbolt being modified. Unfortunately he passed away before the pic was found and his family are reputed to have thrown away all his memorabilia
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 25, 2019 0:24:41 GMT 12
Here's an earlier C-54 Skymaster at Whenuapai
LARGEST LANDPLANE EVER TO COME TO NEW ZEALAND: A Douglas C-54 of the United States Army Air Transport Command arrived at a local Royal New Zealand Air Force station yesterday. Left: The tall, single fin and rudder of the aircraft, the top of which is about 30 feet above the ground. Upper right: A C-54, known as a Skymaster, in flight. Lower right: The massive body of the aircraft, showing the double wheels of the undercarriage.
NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME 80, ISSUE 24682, 7 SEPTEMBER 1943
I agree with Dave, although the lower rendition has a distinctly undernourished looking propeller hub (appears to be intended as a Curtiss Electric - however the upper view has a much more convincing example of this type) than a HS Hydromatic, which equipped a lot of the later P-47s. Dave D