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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

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A 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 were built.

 Specifications (P-47D)  Designations
Type: Fighter
Engine: one 2,535 hp (1890 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59W Double Wasp
P-47: U.S. Army Air Forces pursuit designation (before 1947)
F-47: Fighter redesignation by the U.S. Air Force in 1947.
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