Hi guys i was reading a sport flying mag from th late 90s and there was a great wee article on a half scale War replica P-47 Thunderbolt being built by Hans Porter. I was wondering if anyone knew if he got the project completed and if he got it into the air. It might be the only representive example in NZ and NZ pilots flew the full size type briefly in the pacific during WW2.
Actually Dave that's an interesting topic. I've never heard anything from a Kiwi who flew Thunderbolts with the SEAC. Be great if we could find out how many Kiwis flew them and also if there's any existing accounts by Kiwis of what it was like to fly and fight in the things.
There were apparently 16 odd RAF squadrons equipped with them so it'd be nice if we could initially nail down how many and which NZers were in these squadrons at the time.
Be great to see if something comes out of this.
Is it worth creating a thread in the WWII section for this Dave?
thanks for replying guys, sorry i didnt get back to you i have had a busy few days. Yes it was my mistake i meant Asia/Pacific, thanks for the correction. Im interested to find out more about Kiwis flying Thunderbolts too I'll be watching the new thread with interest and i will try see what i can dig up to add to it. thanks
The WAR replicas ued the same common core and non structural external forms were fitted to this core to recreate the required shape so that basically any low wing radial engine single seater coul be done. Roger Jordan did his as a FW 190 and the Sea Fury shape was also available along with the Thunderbolt and others.
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