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product of constant development of the P-35,
the XP-47B prototype first flew on 6 May 1941. It's large
size and shape earned it the nickname "Jug".
Originally designed with the "razerback"
canopy, a bubble canopy was fitted to later models to improve visibility
to the rear. The Thunderbolt was used in both escort
and fighter-bomber roles during World War II. Redesignated the
F-47 in 1947, this aircraft remained in service with the Air
National Guard until 1953.
Between 1942 and 1945, over 15,000 Thunderbolts