Check stands are set up around the engine of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Plane in WWII.
||from the WWII 34th fighter Squadron Yearbook.|
Check stands are set up around the engine of a P-47 Thunderbolt.The P-47 thunderbolt was a large, complex, airplane and required a crew of men to work on the electronics, engine and airframe. Work needed to go on around the clock to keep these aircraft ready and airborne. Just normal maintenance was a chore but these planes had the added burden of bullet holes and damaged fuel lines an hydraulic lines and just about anything you could think of. Maintenance on a P-47 Thunderbolt was a big job.
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A big part of the war was maintenance. Engines had to be replaced and
I've seen pictures of engines in huge piles after they have been burned up.
After I asked him if he has ever lost an engine, a B-29 pilot friend of mine stated
that he lost an engine on every mission. The P-47 Thunderbolt had a radial
engine very similar to the B-29..