Kingman Army Air Field:
& Sales-Storage Depot No.41
Another early 80's Kingman junkyard find,
this 64" stainless steel, dzus-screwed panel for years remained just one more unidentified
SALES-STORAGE DEPOT #41 artifact:
Eventually it became this trampled skin's turn under the glow of the sleuthing spotlight and after searching high & low, it was finally
revealed to be
no ordinary Panel!
Not having a photo of the Mighty Jug showing where it went on the magnificent beast, I'm relying on this close-up a Thunderbolt model's belly, built 35 years ago by yours truly:
...surprising just how accurate they make
plastic models, isn't it?
In the late 80's, during an interview with him
at his Texas home, Julian Myers remarked
about the Kingman Thunderbolts, "We had
them parked close-in by the parade grounds".
His statement made perfect sense, because in
the early 80's, several P-47 artifacts were discovered in that vicinity (now commercial sprawl), including these 3 Engine Cowling
Dzus Straps with Republic part numbers:
Their varying colors are an indication of several differently-painted P-47 engine cowls...
clockwise from left: olive, bare aluminum
and white with a bit of olive around
the dzus screw.
photo credits this page:
3rd generation copy from
the missing Grounds' Home Movies,
Depot 41 Photo Archive
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