Although most associate Navy and Marine Corps Pacific theater air action with the Vought F4U Corasir (probably because of its unique bent wing design), it was the Hellcat that truly dominated the skies over the Pacific. 75% of all Navy/Marine Corps aerial victories were by a Hellcat pilot. The Corsair was initially slated to be the dominate aircraft on carriers, but due to issues behind the boat it was handed over to Marine Corps land based units until the kinks were worked out. Meanwhile, the mighty Hellcat filled the void with an impressive 19 to 1 kill ratio. Grumman Ironworks built over 12,000 Hellcats during the course of the war, their production peaked in 1944 when they built 644 in one month.
WALTHAM AERONAVAL CDI – CENTRAL DATE INDICATOR powered by the caliber W.DB-002 Dubois-Dépraz 331 automatic movement. Inspired by the Waltham CDIA-Civil Date Indicator Aeronaval fitted on board the most emblematic aircrafts of the war, from the unbeatable F6F Hellcats to the incredible B24 Liberator bombers, the most widely produced military aircraft in history.
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This Hellcat aircraft wreck is one of the most accessible airplane wrecks in the Solomons. The wreck is upright, intact and in just 9m of clear water. The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a carrier-based fighter aircraft designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat. The Hellcat became the Navy’s dominant fighter in the second part of World War II, a position it did not relinquish.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the major and heaviest fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50 caliber machine guns, four per wing.
When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack roles could carry five-inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; it could carry over half the payload of the B-17 bomber on long range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range).
P-47 Most successful American fighters of World War II
The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine the same engine used by two very successful U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair was to be very effective as a short to medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air to air combat and, when unleashed as a fighter-bomber, proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters.
The P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the most successful American fighters of World War II. The initial concept for the Thunderbolt was a lightweight interceptor, the aircraft that eventually came out of the Republic factories was the largest and heaviest single-seat fighter ever accepted by the Army Air Forces.
The Thunderbolt made its debut as a long-range escort fighter, but the plane really made its name as a fighter-bomber.
The P-47s heavy armor and eight machine gun armament made it perfect for strafing and rocket attacks near the front lines.
Over 12,000 P-47D Produced
The P-47D is the most built version of the Thunderbolt with over 12,000 constructed. Unusually, the P-47D underwent a major design change mid-way through the production run without a corresponding change in the letter designation.
The early D models had a high rear deck that came up behind the pilot’s head. This caused a significant blind spot to the rear. In late 1943 the design was modified to lower the rear deck and incorporate a bubble canopy the eliminated the blind spot.
Affectionately nicknamed “Jug,” the P-47 was one of the most famous AAF fighter planes of World War II. Although originally conceived as a lightweight interceptor, the P-47 developed as a heavyweight fighter and made its first flight on May 6, 1941.
The first production model was delivered to the AAF in March 1942, and in April 1943 the Thunderbolt flew its first combat mission – a sweep over Western Europe.
P-47 A Reputation for Ruggedness
Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, the P-47 quickly gained a reputation for ruggedness.
Its sturdy construction and air-cooled radial engine enabled the Thunderbolt to absorb severe battle damage and keep flying. During WWII, the P-47 served in almost every active war theater and in the forces of several allied nations.
By the end of WWII, more than 15,600 Thunderbolts had been built. Production P-47B, C, early D and G series aircraft were built with metal-framed greenhouse-type cockpit canopies.
Late D series (dash 25 and later) aircraft and all M and N series production aircraft were given clear “bubble” canopies, which gave the pilot improved rearward vision.
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CERN congratulates LIGO on the news that they have detected gravitational waves for the first time, 100 years after these waves were predicted by Albert Einstein. The signal of gravitational waves was recorded by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US and analysed by an international group of scientists including CalTech, MIT, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (and the GEO600 collaboration) and the Virgo collaboration in Europe.
American aircraft carriers at sea, June 1945: looking aft onboard USS Hornet CV-12, with USS Bonhomme Richard CV-31 astern, followed by two other aircraft carriers. Spotted on Hornet’s deck are F6F Hellcats, SB2C Helldivers, and TBF Avengers.
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