Thunderbolt's turbo charger a well-oiled machine
If you are lucky enough to be one of the handful of institutions with a flying P-47, you usually don't have the turbo in the plane anymore. There is not a lot of escorting B-17s at 30,000 feet happening these days, so the turbo is just a weighty mechanical headache you can do without. But the FHC's Thunderbolt is as accurate to the wartime type as possible. The plane not only has a turbo, it functions too.
So the FHC's mechanics have to get the turbo up to speed, so to speak, before each flight. Spinning the supercharger's turbine with compressed air makes a heck of a racket, but it works to pump oil through the system. This gets the fighter ready to participate in a Fly Day or, I suppose, climb into the stratosphere.
Most recent Flight Paths posts
- Tough planes were designed to take a beating May 13
- Pilots use a clever trick to keep damaged planes in the air April 30
- 'Kommandogerät:' the complicated box that was revolutionary for flying April 23
- Three inches of glass separated WWII pilots and machine gun fire April 16
- Propellers make an overseas voyage for regular inspection April 2
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.