Pacific Wrecks / Book
Restoring a vintage warbird is a massive undertaking. Having followed a couple of them here at World War Wings, we know that the B-29 Doc, for example, took almost 16 years after it was found at a boneyard to get flying again. That’s hundreds of thousands of manhours of work, a quite a bit of cash and the dedication of a lot of patrons and aviation lovers that saw this entire process through.
Here, we have another such story although it’s taking a shorter amount of time.
The folks at Aircorps Aviation, a Minnesota company specializing in restoring World War II warbirds, have undertaken the restoration of a P-47D-23 Thunderbolt which was abandoned in Papua New Guinea in 1944 after fighting in the Pacific Theater. With the Texas Flying Legends Museum, they’ve acquired the airframe back in 2011 and started full-scale restoration in 2015. Here are some of their latest pictures.
We also found AirCrops Aviation’s YouTube channel which has some very interesting videos. We pulled a generic one about their company and pasted it below of you folks. We’re sure a lot of you would want to see what the fabrication process looks like so here you go.