Republic is famous for its fighter
aircraft, specifically the P-47 Thunderbolt of
World War II, the F-84 Thunderjet and Thunderstreak of the early
Cold War and the F-105 Thunderchief of Vietnam fame.
Russian émigré Major Alexander de Seversky establishes Sevesky
1939: After selling the 2PA fighter to
Japan, the board of directors votes Seversky out of office and
renames the company Republic Aviation.
1945-48: Franklin Engines is owned by
1965: Republic is acquired by Fairchild.