About This File
Republic Aviation P-47N 'VPAF' for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2
This is a very simple mod of Russouk2004's P-47N Thunderbolt to give a fictional P-47N in service with an embryonic North Vietnamese Air Force.
The Viet Minh artillery attacks against the French airbase at Dien Bien Phu on March 16th, 1954 resulted in the destruction of six French F8F Bearcats , five MS.500's and two helicopters. In addition, several French P-47N Thunderbolts, F6F Hellcats, SB2C Helldivers and PB4Y Privateers were damaged and could not be flown out. This setback was immediately compound by a failed air-drop to help sustain the besieged French garrison and before long the Viet Minh insurgents had overrun the garrison despite a very brave defence by the French forces.
Immediately following the Geneva Conference of July 1954, which recognised the 17th parallel as being a provisional military demarcation line dividing the country into two zones, North Vietnam soon started the development of military aviation in the new Communist state by sending a number of trainees to the USSR and China for pilot training and aircraft maintenance training. In September 1954, Vice-Premier Pham Van Ðong ordered the immediate formation of the North Vietnam Air Force mainly using aircraft left behind by the retreating French forces but soon bolstered by equipment from the Soviet Union. Sufficient P-47N's were scraped together to form the 921st Fighter Regiment based at Thanh Hoá Air Base who were declared operational in February 1955.
1. From the AIRCRAFT folder drag and drop the P-47N_VPAF folder into your main Aircraft folder.
2. From the DECALS folder drag and drop the P-47N_VPAF folder into your main Decals folder.
3. From the WEAPONS folder drag and drop both folders into your main Weapons folder. The SHAVR is simply a fictional Soviet version of the HVAR created as the stock S-24 is too big and heavy.
As always, thanks to Third Wire for a great little game/sim.
Thanks to Russouk2004 for creating the superb P-47N and for making the equally good template available.
Version 1 - 14/09/15