P-47 Thunderbolt Open Cockpit at Palm Springs Air Museum

The Museum's Thunderbolt is from the Robert J. Pond collection and has been restored to flying condition. It displays the nose art "Squirt VIII

The Museum's Thunderbolt is from the Robert J. Pond collection and has been restored to flying condition. It displays the nose art "Squirt VIII
The Museum’s Thunderbolt is from the Robert J. Pond collection and has been restored to flying condition.
It displays the nose art “Squirt VIII.”
This Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 from 1PM to 3PM, sit in the cockpit of the P-47 Thunderbolt at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Considered by many the most significant fighter aircraft of World War II, the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt fighter was the largest and most powerful single engine fighter of the war. Production topped any other Allied fighter with 15,683 P-47’s produced. Due to the shape of the fuselage, the Thunderbolt was known affectionately as the “Jug” by its pilots and ground crews. Two distinctive versions were produced: The earlier “Razorback” design and later versions with a “bubble top” canopy.

Docents will be on hand to answer questions about the plane, and the Buddy Rogers Theater will show videos relating to the P-47 Thunderbolt. Access to the Thunderbolt’s cockpit is included with regular museum admission and is free for members. Next open cockpit event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 featuring the Douglas SBD Dauntless. Hereis a list of upcoming events.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to a large collection of flyable WWII aircraft. It’s equipped with air-conditioned hangars, several exhibits and an extensive library located  on the 2nd floor. The museum is open seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Allow at least an hour-and-half to enjoy the museum. Closed for Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.

Click HERE to visit the Palm Spring Air Museum’s website.

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