April/May P-47 Update 2017

Texas Flying Legends
by Chuck Cravens

P-47 Razorback
An angled view takes in the tail cone, covered in protective plastic.  It eventually ends up attached to the forward fuselage at this end.

An angled view takes in the tail cone, covered in protective plastic.  It eventually ends up attached to the forward fuselage at this end.

Update

The main focus for the P-47 project this month was preparation for beginning the fuselage assembly.  In order to do that, a precise fixture had to be created.  We showed photos of the machined flat aluminum plate that makes up the bed of the fixture last month.  This month some uprights were made and installed. Parts continue to be made as materials arrive.

Extrusions for the Structure Arrived and were Sorted

The P-47D-23RA has 250 different shaped extrusions that add up to a total length of 2,573 feet, just short of a half mile of extruded aluminum.

The P-47D-23RA has 250 different shaped extrusions that add up to a total length of 2,573 feet, just short of a half mile of extruded aluminum.

These extrusions are custom ordered and will make up 2683 parts. 

These extrusions are custom ordered and will make up 2683 parts. 

They will be cut into pieces of a variety of lengths from ½ inch long brackets to lower wing spar flangesover 17 feet long (208.39 inches).

The Bottom of the Fuselage Fixture Goes Together

The fixture is taking shape.  The upright arms from the previous image that stick up and have holes bored in them are where the wing attach fittings are bolted to the fixture as the fuselage is built.

The fixture is taking shape.  The upright arms from the previous image that stick up and have holes bored in them are where the wing attach fittings are bolted to the fixture as the fuselage is built.

This view is from the rear.  The tail cone attaches at this point when the appropriate time comes.

This view is from the rear.  The tail cone attaches at this point when the appropriate time comes.

P-47 Parts Meet the Fixture

Upcoming reports will show the progress as the forward fuselage takes shape.