'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby Pen Pusher on Sat 27 Jul 2013, 7:25 am

70 years ago a new hard runway was laid down close to the village of Stansted Mountfitchet for what became the 9th largest U.S. Air Force base in East Anglia. Known as 'George Washington Field', it was home to the 344th Bomb Group consisting of four squadrons of B-26 Marauder bomber's but today is operating passenger airliners and now called London Stansted Airport. As part of the celebrations the TFC P-47 Thunderbolt, 'SNAFU', spent a couple of hours on the ground at Stansted in amongst the airliners. On its return to Duxford late Friday afternoon, Stu Goldspink then gave a superb 20+ minute display over the airfield the majority of which I watched instead of photographing.

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And what's the first thing a display pilot does on a very hot day to cool down?

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I should point out they weren't both for him.

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - 26Jul13

Postby duxfordhawk on Sat 27 Jul 2013, 9:49 am

Stunning photos of what sounds like a magical moment, thanks for sharing.
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - 26Jul13

Postby Pen Pusher on Sun 28 Jul 2013, 4:50 pm

Sunday 28Jul13

Draw your own conclusion. :whistle:

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 28Jul13*

Postby cw318is on Sun 28 Jul 2013, 5:13 pm

Bye Snafu :wave:

Brian I know TFC's engineers normally work pretty quickly on this sort of job, do you know when they are actually dissassembling the main parts?
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 28Jul13*

Postby Pen Pusher on Sun 28 Jul 2013, 5:21 pm

It's not TFC engineers dismantling it. Two American's from Comanche Fighters LLC are doing the honours and it could be any time during the week when the wings come of. Just have to keep an eye out for when a container and a crane turn up.

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 28Jul13*

Postby Hasboman on Sun 28 Jul 2013, 6:18 pm

Very sad - having followed her restoration from the beginning it'll be tough to see her go.

Bye SNAFU :sad:
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 28Jul13*

Postby Maisie on Sun 28 Jul 2013, 6:23 pm

Proper gutted, still haven't seen her! :down:
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 28Jul13*

Postby 8674planes on Sun 28 Jul 2013, 6:24 pm

So it seems rumors are true. I think this is the time to thank TFC and Stephen Grey for spending the time, money and resources in restoring this rare and beautiful P-47G Thunderbolt.
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 01Aug13*

Postby Pen Pusher on Thu 01 Aug 2013, 5:09 pm

The de-construction continues and the two containers to transport 'SNAFU' to to its new home turned up today.

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 01Aug13*

Postby MRTT on Thu 01 Aug 2013, 5:17 pm

Farewell SNAFU! Hope her new owners treat her well! :sad:
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 01Aug13*

Postby Maisie on Thu 01 Aug 2013, 5:31 pm

Where abouts is she off to, I haven't seen who has bought her, or is that info still not around?

Nice photos btw Brian..
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 01Aug13*

Postby timuss on Thu 01 Aug 2013, 7:35 pm

Comanche Fighters based in Texas i believe.
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 01Aug13*

Postby Pen Pusher on Fri 02 Aug 2013, 4:25 pm

02Aug13

Penultimate update.

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *UPDATED 02Aug13*

Postby Pat Murphy on Fri 02 Aug 2013, 11:36 pm

In the words of Unlucky Alf from The Fast Show.............Bugger! :sad:
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *FINAL UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby Pen Pusher on Sat 03 Aug 2013, 7:19 pm

03Aug13

Many thanks to Randy and John, from the good ol' U.S. of A, for the hours of entertainment they provided not only in dismantling 'SNAFU' but 'Princess Elizabeth' as well and for them putting up with us photographers for getting in the way.

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby hmeasures on Sat 03 Aug 2013, 8:08 pm

:sad:

I must have bumped into you at one point, about 1:15pm... I was in the green hoodie.

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Wish I'd have had more than 15 minutes to grab some shots, TBH. Like your shot of them loading her into her container.

Where's she going?
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby Handler on Sun 04 Aug 2013, 10:17 am

Brilliant set, showing the dismantling and loading, well done! At least manged to get some reasonable pics of her in action.
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby Disaster Area on Sun 04 Aug 2013, 4:55 pm

Bye, Bye SNAFU, only got to see you display once but you were stunning!!
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby Inthrustwetrust on Sun 04 Aug 2013, 4:59 pm

Sorry to hijack the thread slightly as 'Snafu' is one that got away from me too, but in the background of some of the pictures is what looks like the Beaufighter.

Is it? And does anyone know the status please?
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby hmeasures on Sun 04 Aug 2013, 5:32 pm

Inthrustwetrust wrote:Sorry to hijack the thread slightly as 'Snafu' is one that got away from me too, but in the background of some of the pictures is what looks like the Beaufighter.

Is it? And does anyone know the status please?
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Yes it is a Beaufighter, not been any noticeable progress on it for ages now. I heard they were struggling to source engines but I've no idea if that's the situation or not.

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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby AlexC on Sun 04 Aug 2013, 11:17 pm

So no flying P-47's in the UK again. Don't suppose that we'll see one here again, although never say never :sad:
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Re: 'SNAFU' @ Duxford - *LAST UPDATE 03Aug13*

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sun 11 Aug 2013, 8:41 am

hmeasures wrote:
Inthrustwetrust wrote:Sorry to hijack the thread slightly as 'Snafu' is one that got away from me too, but in the background of some of the pictures is what looks like the Beaufighter.

Is it? And does anyone know the status please?
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Yes it is a Beaufighter, not been any noticeable progress on it for ages now. I heard they were struggling to source engines but I've no idea if that's the situation or not.

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I heard (a few years ago now) that the real problem is engine related but in fact is to do with the vacuum system. They had hoped to use non-Beaufighter Hercules engines but these offer positive rather than negative pressure pumps. Or it could be the other way round, my memory being what it is. But that's the root of it. Change the entire system (Design Authority job) or source the parts.

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