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P-47's in Great South Bay

Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:45 am

Saw this on another forum I'm on.

"From Flight Journal magazine. Special edition WWII Fighters, From The Cockpit. 2017.

"He ( Carl Bellinger, chief production test pilot at Republic ) warned me which aerobatic maneuvers I should not attempt in a P-47: spins, low altitude split-s maneuvers ( a half roll followed by a half loop ), and slow rolls at an airspeed under 150mph. The Hellcat allowed them because of it's much lower wing loading.

Carl didn't have to convince me about low altitude split-Ss: during the winter of 1943, I saw the five holes in the ice of Long Island's Great South Bay that were the results of USAAC P-47B pilots following their leader in a split-S maneuver below 15,000 feet.""

Has anyone else heard about this or better yet seen a crash report?
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