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    Tuskegee P-47

    I would like to paint a P-47 in the tuskegee airmen theme. I have read that the P-47 was the first planes to get the painted "red tails". Where can I find photographs of this look?
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Here is the H9 I repainted in the only P-47 scheme I could find. I have put the name "Ruthless Ruthie" on the left side. The name "Lady Janie VI" is on the right side. it was put there by the squadron that flew it before the TA got hold of it.
    If I can find the profile I painted it from I will upload it.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    This is the only actual color scheme I have seen of a red Tail P-47:
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Here are a couple of others. I can't swear to their authenticity.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Thanks,
    I have found plenty of P 51 photos but no photos of P 47 and P 40s.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Thankyou very much.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    From My experience with the TAI here in Ohio, I do not believe the P-47s got the Red tail treatment. I think only the P-51 C and D models sported the Red tails.
    Let me do some checking for you.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47


    ORIGINAL: gary9648

    From My experience with the TAI here in Ohio, I do not believe the P-47s got the Red tail treatment. I think only the P-51 C and D models sported the Red tails.
    Let me do some checking for you.
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    I have read that somewher as well.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    There is a book by Osprey publishing on the 332nd that has color views of a couple of red tail P-47s if you can find it. Also Testors made a 1/48 P-47 kit with a paint option of a red tail Thunderbolt. Hope this helps

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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Here's a painting of a red tail P-47. Again, authenticity not guaranteed, but it's a nice scheme.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Here's another drawing of a scheme used by them:

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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Thanks for all the info. Check out this link[link] http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Corgi-Aviation...QQcmdZViewItem[/link]

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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    I'm sorry I have not been able to get some answers due to tthe loss of two Airmen here locally in the past week or two. Will call in about a week.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    I'm wanting to be as accurate as possible with my paints.

    My problem at this time is the yellow stripes on the tailwing and rudder. ANyone that can help in this area?


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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Charles,
    Ref. p71 and p72. 332nd Fighter Group- Tuskegee Airmen for 3 plates on the P-47. BL

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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Mr Indgroove, As I told you I would contact one of the Tuskegee Airmen and get you a definative answer. Mr. C.I. Williams was a fighter and bomber squadron commander during WWII and went on to retire after Viewnam as a Lt. Col. When the famous Itian destroyer was sunk only by gun fire. It was C.I.'s squadron that did it. He was at 4000 ft in his P-47 when two of his pilots under his command went down and opened up on it.
    I found that I was wrong in my thinking. Once they (Tuskegee Airmen) were asigned to the 15th Air Force they doned the all Red tails. They were flying P-47s at the time. So the art work you have is probably correct. I am sorry to have taken so long to get back to you.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    Thanks to all. I found the Osprey book online and will post some photos.
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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    ORIGINAL: iart7

    I'm wanting to be as accurate as possible with my paints.

    My problem at this time is the yellow stripes on the tailwing and rudder. ANyone that can help in this area?

    The different colored tabs on the tail section were done in different colors.(black,yellow,white etc) to show the diffence between the 99th,100th, 301st, 302nd tuskegee fighter groups. The tuskegee airmen started painting the tails of their planes (starting with the P -47) RED because they were trying to cover up all the checkerboard tail sections. All the planes they flew were hand me down planes from the 325th Checkered tail clan. The tuskegee airmen even left most of the original artwork and names on the p-47's and later the p-51b/c . It wasn't until late in the war that they actually started receiving new planes (p-51D mustangs) to fly.
    So if a person wanted to build a tuskegee p-47 you just have to look up Checker tail clan p-47's, paint the tail section red , paint the pilot brown and change the kill marks. That why the plane in the above photo has the same "Ruthless Ruthie" markings and number as the original plane flown by 2ndlt John M Simmons. Some tuskegee pilots scored some kills while flying p-47(only flew p-47's for a few months) before switching over to Mustangs.
    Here is a site that tells what Tuskegee pilot shot down what in what type of plane: www.tuskegeeairmen.org/uploads/stats.pdf

    hope this helped

    I myself am currently building a topflite p-47 and will do it in tuskegee colors and Have Fredderick Fuderburg as the pilot because he had 2 kills while flying a p-47. In the furture I will also build a P-40L . http://www.modelingmadness.com/revie...us/choyp40.htm
    I want to have other tuskegee planes different than all the mustangs I see out there.

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    RE: Tuskegee P-47

    I know this is an old thread but I just saw this and as the grandson of George Novotny, Sr who flew the Ruthless Ruthie I have to post a correction - Here's an artist's rendition pic of the plane - it is about as good as it gets http://www.aviationandspacearts.com/...EARSOME600.jpg

    He was in the 325th fighter group and 317th fighter squadron and they were nicknamed the checkertail clan...

    see alsohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/325th_Operations_Group

    I hope that helps! I just bought my first RC in hopes of getting good enough to buy, paint, and ultimately fly the Ruthless Ruthie again!

    Nathan


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