December/ January P-47 Update

Texas Flying Legends

Texas Flying Legends
by Chuck Cravens

The Christmas season was part of the time period covered by this update so, in honor of the season, I thought I would show a photo that wouldn’t ordinarily make it into an update: This is what an AirCorps-style Christmas tree looks like! The P-47 tail cone is festooned with lights. 

The Christmas season was part of the time period covered by this update so, in honor of the season, I thought I would show a photo that wouldn’t ordinarily make it into an update:

This is what an AirCorps-style Christmas tree looks like! The P-47 tail cone is festooned with lights. 

Update:

In late December and early January, the initial tail cone assembly was finished.  As happens so often in a warbird restoration, that assembly was taken apart to be painted with a protective zinc chromate coating.

We also received some of Rob McCune’s great CAD renderings that show us how the main assemblies fit together.

Renderings

Parts Fabrication

Since there are 23,337 different parts in a P-47D-23, not including the engine, prop, accessories or rivets, it’s no wonder that parts fabrication is a continuous process. That number is about 60% larger than the number of parts you would find on a Mustang. 

Initial Tail Cone Assembly

The tail cone has been in the process of assembly and fitting for quite a while now.  That was finished up this month as you will see in the following images.

Disassembly for Painting

Once everything has been fitted properly, the tail cone assembly can be taken apart for painting.

Reassembly of the Tail Cone

Painting didn’t take long and final assembly of the now corrosion-protected parts began as soon as the parts
were dry.

This CAD drawing shows the fuselage fixture we will be building. 

This CAD drawing shows the fuselage fixture we will be building. 

The tail cone fixtureis complete and has been shown several times but the rectangular section to the left of the tail cone is the fixture we need to build before the forward fuselage can be assembled.