Randy Kraft, Robb Lindbery, Chad Hokuf, and the talented restoration shop team managed the breakdown and reassembly of the historic razorback “Jug” fuselage and wing assemblies. The exacting detail of the fixtures and parts produced by the AirCorps fabrication team culminate as the two primary airframe structures are mated together on P-47 Thunderbolt (Serial Number 42-27609). Systems and surface control components installed by Aaron Prince, can now be attached and exciting new work can be initiated. Our resident artist, Nic Johnson who heads up AirCorps Art, captured the time lapse.
Randy Kraft said, it is a great feeling to reach this milestone in the restoration of such a historically significant, rare warbird. “It went really well, it is always a concern that everything fits and when we got to that step we were able to just slide the fixture pins in.”
Robb Lindbery said, the things that come to mind are a sense of pride and accomplishment achieving the goal. “It was a huge step. There was also a feeling of relief in meeting the deadline and the ease of the installation.”
What is next? With the fuselage and wing structures now mated the restoration shop team will transition to control surfaces. The rudder, elevators, ailerons and flaps all will be assembled in the coming weeks.