Texas Flying Legends
by Chuck Cravens
Update on the P-47
Last month we looked into the assembly of the horizontal stabilizer. This month the horizontal, the first large assembly of the project, came out of its fixture. The restoration continued with the start of the disassembly of the fuselage.
Special AN Rivet Angle
Republic used a wider head angle than the standard 100 degree AN rivet angle. The reason this was done was because the wider angle head could be countersunk in thinner Alclad sheetsthan a standard 100 degree rivet.
In places, the Thunderbolt used thinner skin than many WWII fighters, especially toward the tail. They relied on the structure for strength rather than the skin to a greater degree than other manufacturers.
Below are excerpts from theP-47 Series Structural Repair Manual addressing the rivets.
Another link slides over this fitting and is pinned in place. It has a horizontal axis for the elevator hinge itself to attach.
Now that the empennage is progressing well, the time has come to disassemble and evaluate the original fuselage.