Restoration of the Dakota Territory Air Museum’s P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27609 is progressing well at AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota, as Chuck Cravens’ November/December, 2021 report reveals. We thought our readers would love to catch up on the latest details so, without further ado, here goes!
Finishing details on the wings, gear doors, and control surfaces continued this month. Fuselage work included the cockpit enclosure, empennage fairings, turbosupercharger assembly, and permanently attaching the tail surfaces.
Each gear door is designed in two pieces to allow for the shortening of the main landing gear legs as they retract.
Rudder and Flaps
The flaps, ailerons, elevators, and rudder are the last large P-47 components to undergo assembly.
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And that’s all for this month. We wish to thank AirCorps Aviation, Chuck Cravens for making this report possible! We look forwards to bringing more restoration reports on progress with this rare machine in the coming months. Be safe, and be well