Dakota Territory Air Museum – P-47D Restoration Update – December 2021/January 2022

The big radial is now mounted to the QEC assembly. (photo via AirCorps Aviation)
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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’ December 2021/January 2022 report reveals. We thought our readers would love to catch up on the latest details so, without further ado, here goes!


The turbosupercharger system, wings, firewall-forward section of the fuselage (including the cowl), and the control surfaces were all part of the restoration work this month.

Turbosupercharger System

The turbosupercharger system continues to be a focus of the restoration effort. This system gave the Thunderbolt remarkable tactical flexibility. The aircraft was capable of performing both high altitude bomber escort and low level fighter bomber missions because of the power which the turbosupercharged Pratt&Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp could provide in those environments.


Most of the fuselage-related work this month involved firewall-forward components, encompassing the engine accessory area, cowling, and the QEC or Quick Engine Change unit.  

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