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 Post subject: Another Jug To Fly!!
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You guys disappoint me!! I been waiting to see this here on
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Jack Croul purchased P-47D "Dottie Mae" a few months back and she's in the potato state to be restored to her former glory. Not has a static collecting dust but a real flying machine. I've traded a few emails with Jack C. and he's a very very nice man and has done a ton for the warbird movement. He's a very unassuming and modest man, someday I hope to shake his hand :!: :!:

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I wonder if this is the "big announcement" J Mazula eluded to in the article on the Impatitent Virgin featured in latest Warbird International :?:


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I don't see a CP rag getting a exclusive on this a/c.
Maybe another :shock:

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I new about it but didn't know if they wanted it public....and it will have MY wheels on it since its orig. wheels were corroded and I just happened to rescue a set a few years ago, and just happened to pass them on to someone who passed them on to the plane. Ya never know about those junk yard finds, boy am I glad I saved those wheels.

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Im very glad to here this Thunderbolt will be airborne! :D But still I'm a little bummed that it wont be anywhere near me. :(

Doesn't matter, Long live the Thunderbolt Preservation Society!

The owners and operators of the mighty P-47!

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Awesome news! So, who is going to be doing the restoration on her?


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So, who is going to be doing the restoration on her?

Mike Breshaears of Vintage Airframes is doing the metal work and
Westpac will put the pieces together 8)

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So, who is going to be doing the restoration on her?

Mike Breshaears of Vintage Airframes is doing the metal work and
Westpac will put the pieces together 8)


Nice, I'm sure she will be a stunning award winner with that team! :D


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Nice, I'm sure she will be a stunning award winner with that team!

You should see Jack C's current 51 project they're doing :prayer: :prayer: :prayer: :prayer: :prayer: :prayer:

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If there ever was a candidate for the "Happy Jacks" treatment, it's "Dottie Mae".

I believe they were smart enough to remove the fuselage panels with the original nose art for proper preservation. That's the only piece of that plane that stood to lose value by being tampered with. The rest of the aircraft will serve up all the right secrets for preserving a 100% accurate physical example of a wartime P-47, if they are wise enough to sieze on the opportunity. They might also uncover a secret or two if they ar epatient enought to remove portions of the paint one coat at a time.

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I completely agree Rob!

It would be a CRIME to strip the nose art off the cowling!! :!:

So COOL!

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Django wrote:
I completely agree Rob!

It would be a CRIME to strip the nose art off the cowling!! :!:

So COOL!

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It would aparently be a crime not to update the webpage :shock: Those pics are two years old :shock: Surely somebody has somthing a little more current :?:


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It's only been transported. Nothing's been done yet and it's
just sitting in a hanger.
Work will commence in a 3 weeks though at full bore!!
I'll see about some photos from my undercover operative :shock: 8)

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Anyone know if the pilot that crashed the Jug in the lake back in 1945 is still alive? If so, has he seen the P-47 since it's been recovered?


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