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Hookecho
09-13-2007, 10:56 AM
Howdy and its been a looooong time since I posted here. Heck I even had to create a new acount because i forgot all my old login info on the old one...anyway, I've been messing around with the FMB to make some missions to fly with friends and I have a question about the P47 and the wing mounted rockets, I think they are called 6x45?

Basically I am working up a series of COOP missions based around the 56th FG. My search-fu is weak, but are the 6x45 rockets in the loadout screens actually left over from the Russian side of FB? Using the "internets", which we all know should have a user beware label, all I can seem to find are loadouts of 10-5" rockets. Are these rockets we have now the Russian field varients that just never got updated, or am I getting into the minutia of this?

Hookecho
09-13-2007, 10:56 AM
Howdy and its been a looooong time since I posted here. Heck I even had to create a new acount because i forgot all my old login info on the old one...anyway, I've been messing around with the FMB to make some missions to fly with friends and I have a question about the P47 and the wing mounted rockets, I think they are called 6x45?

Basically I am working up a series of COOP missions based around the 56th FG. My search-fu is weak, but are the 6x45 rockets in the loadout screens actually left over from the Russian side of FB? Using the "internets", which we all know should have a user beware label, all I can seem to find are loadouts of 10-5" rockets. Are these rockets we have now the Russian field varients that just never got updated, or am I getting into the minutia of this?

Bo_Nidle
09-13-2007, 11:04 AM
The rockets were used in limited quantities in the ETO but were not felt to be a great success.
http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/URG/images/p47-2.jpg

The pic shows a 56thFg P-47 loaded with them.

Skycat_2
09-13-2007, 05:54 PM
Bo_Nidle's photo pretty much answers your question ...

The specs you find on the internet usually reference the 'ultimate' versions of an aircraft series, in this case the late war blocks like the P-47D-40RA and P-47N where the zero-length launcher stubs for individual 5" rockets were installed at the factory assembly line. On earlier models of the Thunderbolt the triple-tube 'bazooka' launcher was installed as an external store when a mission required rockets.

Remember that the Thunderbolt literally evolved through combat. For example, the first versions sent to England did not have underwing pylons for drop tanks so the fighters had too limited a range for effective bomber escort duty; when this was resolved at the factory, kits were then sent to the field to 'upgrade' the planes already out in the field. Then (supposedly) a commander in Italy realized that he didn't need the drop tanks and so he had the pylons fitted to carry 500 lb. and later 1000 lb. bombs, and this became a standard option in subsequent production blocks.

I think that after the development of rocket stubs for the P-47D-40RA (the last block of 'D' model Thunderbolts) earlier versions in the field could have been retro-fitted with the stubs also.

I have a picture (no date) where an RAF Thunderbolt has rail launchers installed similar to what you see on Typhoon IBs. I also have a photo of a P-47N that has the ten 5" rockets on its underwing stubs plus one triple rocket launcher on each pylon for a total of sixteen rockets.

Hookecho
09-14-2007, 09:23 AM
Thanks guys, that answered my questions. Like I said my Search-Fu was weak....