Though it served with the U.S. Air National Guard for several years after the war, the P-47 was retired from front-line service after the victory over Japan in 1945.
Friday 10:00 P- 47 Thunderbolt Deke Holman served during World War II as a C-47 copilot on D-Day, later transitioning to the P-47. He retired from United Airlines flying the B-747 so he says he has always flown 47s. The two P-47s that will be …
This Is What Made The P-47 A Legend HotCars? Production of the P47 Thunderbolt ended in 1945 after 15.636 examples had been built compared with similar numbers for the Mustang. Operated in WW2 primarily by the USAF and RAF, the Thunderbolt would later go on to serve with 23 operators finally being retired in 1966.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk? As was also the case with the Bell P-39 Airacobra, many USAAF officers considered the P-40 exceptional but it was gradually replaced by the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and the North American P-51 Mustang. The bulk of the fighter operations by the USAAF in 1942–43 were borne by the P-40 and the P-39.
The P-47 was effective in air combat but proved especially adept at ground attack. It had eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded the P-47 could weigh up to eight tons. A modern-day counterpart in that role, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.
List of United States bomber aircraft? Republic P-47 fighter-bomber Retired/Status Number built bombload (kg) Photo Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber
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