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THUNDERBOLT/45-53436


After March 22, 2002 accident.

2004 RESTORATION IMAGES

Serial #: 45-53436
Construction #: N/A
Civil Registration:
  N478C
  N47TB
  Model(s):   P-47N Thunderbolt
Name: Meat Chopper
Status: Restoration
Last info: 2004

History:
Delivered to Guatamalan AF as ???, 1953-1954.
- Used in CIA operations.
Delivered to GN Nicaraguana as GN71.
- BOC: June 16, 1954.
- SOC: 1962.
Dick Disney/Confederate Air Force, TX, 1962.
Lloyd P. Nolan/Thunderbolt & Co, Mercedes, TX, February 7, 1963-1970.
- Delivered from Managua.
- Registered as N478C.
CAF/Commemorative Air Force, Harlingen, TX, 1970-2002
- Registered as N47TB.
- Crashed (struck a tree) during emergency landing caused by fuel starvation, Vero Beach, FL, Apr. 29, 1971.
- Rebuilt, 1976.
- Flew as USAAF/UN-S.
- Loaned to Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison, TX, 1994-2001.
-- Nosed over on landing, Dallas, TX, October 16, 2000.
-- Repaired, 1976.
-- Flew as "Meat Chopper".
- Heavily damaged in accident, Albuquerque, NM, March 21, 2002.
-- Under Restoration to airworthy.

USCR quotes ID as 453436 (later 44-89136), CAF IDs airframe as 44-53436, other sources ID airframe as 44-88436 or 45-53456 or 44-89436.


Stored at Cavanaugh Flight Museum, October 2002.


Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Photo Source(s):
Unknown
Nicolai Musante, http://www.musante.dk/tour0202/, 2002
Doug Jeanes/Cavanaugh Flight Museum via Alan Brooks.

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