Happy Birthday To The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Here is a photo of "Wicked Wabbit" and "Hun Hunter XVI" from the 2012 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show.
Here is a photo of "Wicked Wabbit" and "Hun Hunter XVI" from the 2012 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show.
Here is a photo of “Wicked Wabbit” and “Hun Hunter XVI” from the 2012 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show.Both Thunderbolts are based at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation.

By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC

Seventy-three years ago today, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt took flight for the first time.  A single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber, the P-47 was one of the most successful fighters of all time.  Nicknamed the “jug” because of its bulky shape, the P-47 was fast and maneuverable for its size.  Thunderbolts were employed in every theater of World War II, flying air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.  The massive  Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine was the most powerful fitted to a single-engine fighter in the war.  With over 15,600 aircraft manufactured, more Thunderbolts were built than any other fighter.  The P-47N was the ultimate Thunderbolt variant with increased fuel capacity to enable it to escort B-29 Superfortress bombers over the Pacific.

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