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  1. Bob Zambelli

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    Lots of pilots wished they had P-47Ds instead of P-51Ds during the Korean War, where the P-51Ds mostly performed CAS. The P-47 could take a lot more damage than a P-51 and still get you home. We sold them off as quickly as we could (or turned them into scrap) as soon as WW-II was over. Was going to say we turned them into beer cans, but aluminum beer cans came much later.
     
  3. Rifledriver

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    47 could carry a lot more ordinance too. Its not like the Air Force had a lot of P51s in inventory either. They were paying Cavalier to buy up civilian P51s and put all the gear they took out..back in. I am told if you see a picture of a Korea era P51 with a fixed tail wheel it was probably a Cavalier conversion. They did it to reduce maintenance for civilian conversions.
     
  4. Bob Parks

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    In 1943 I was walking the beach early one morning just after sunrise when I heard a muffled sound behind me. Coming up from the south at maybe 500 feet was a P-47 doing slow rolls and leaving a twisted trail of wing tip streamers behind him. Better than a bowl of Wheaties !
     
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    Nothing could out-roll a P-47. Very useful in combat if you knew what you were doing.
     
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    Long span and well designed ailerons took up most of the outboard wing trailing edge. I always think of an ex-P47 pilot friend who sawed the tail off of a JU88 when he was out of ammo and they were going to get away. He was a Polish ex-patriot in the USAAF and hated the Germans....and the Russians.
     
  7. Rifledriver

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    Great airplane that never got the accolades or attention it deserved outside of the circles of the men who flew them.

    I used tell a Mustang owner I knew a 47 could go higher, faster, further and could nearly carry his 51.
     
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