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THUNDERBOLT/45-49385



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Serial #: 45-49385
Construction #:
  399-55924
Civil Registration:
  N47DF
  Model(s):
  P-47D Thunderbolt
  TF-47D Thunderbolt
  F-47D Thunderbolt
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2002

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 45-49385.
- BOC: July 20, 1945.
- SOC: July 24, 1953.
Delivered to Peruvian AF as 549 (later reserialed as 127).
- BOC: March 1953.
- Stored, Piura AB, Peru, 1963-1969.
Ed Jurist/Vintage Aircraft International Ltd., Nyack, NY, July 24, 1969-1974.
- Registered as N47DF.
- Arrived on SS Rosaldina, Brownsville, TX, September 5, 1969.
- Assembled by CAF, Harlingen, TX, First flight 1973.
- Flew as 354th FG 228790/Unadilla Killa.
Tom Friedkin, Carlsbad-Palomar, CA, 1974.
David Tallichet/Military Aircraft Restoration Corp, Chino, CA, Apr. 1975-1994.
- Stored Barstow-Daggett, CA, 1975-1980.
- Crashed on take-off, Barstow, CA, July 3, 1980.
- Rebuild started Tulsa, OK, finished at Casper, WY, 1980-1986.
- Loaned to Liberal Air Museum, Liberal, KS, 1986-1990.
- Damaged by forced landing near Flagstaff, AZ
— During ferry flight from Topeka to Chino, October 1990.
- Trucked to Chino, CA.
- Rebuilt to airworthiness, Chino, CA, 1991-1993.
Bill Klaers & Alan Wojciak/Klaers Aircraft/WestPac Restoration, Rialto, CA, May 1994-1996.
- Rebuild completed.
- First flight December 16, 1995.
- Painted as 549385/WZ-A on port side and B-WZ on starboard.
Ted R. Melsheimer, Carson City, NV, March 13, 1996-2002.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Pat Carry.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Photo Source(s):
Ernie Viskupic via JetPhotos.net
Unknown.


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