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P-47D Thunderbolt - 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group 

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P-47D Thunderbolt - 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group

Historical Note:



Historical Note:    The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground attack roles could carry five inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; over half the weight the B-17 bomber could carry on long-range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range). The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was to be very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and, when unleashed as a fighter-bomber, proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters.   The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces, notably those of France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.   The armored cockpit was roomy inside, comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.  

Info:    P-47D Thunderbolt - 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, Belgium, 1944

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Ground Attack Day - P-47 Thunderbolt and A-1 Skyraider (14:42)
http://www.gofundme.com/Fight2FlyFlying Heritage Collection hosted yet another fantastic Fly Day at Paine Field today, featuring their own Republic P-47D Thunderbolt and an A-1 Skyraider from Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham, Washington. Thank you all for your continued support of my videos and efforts here at Paine Field in capturing these amazing aircraft. If you enjoy these videos, click on the links in my profile page to show support and help me show the best quality possible! Thanks again!
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  1. That is my father's airplane! Lt. Col. Joseph K. Kirkup 22nd CO and Deputy CO of the 36th. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Mar 2013

    Very nice model for the price, and great quality. For the history buffs out there...There are a couple of errors, but I am honored to have my father's plane memorialized. D-Day stripes are only present under the fuselage and tail on this model, but they actually were also on the wings. The antenna was striped black and white instead of red and the olive drab on the nose should be straight from the cockpit forward. The cockpit glass was framed in olive drab as depicted in this model, but for histories' sake it was originally same color as the fuselage, but replaced due to flak damage resulting in minor injuries and a Purple Heart. At some point later on one wing was severely damaged during a strafing mission on a train and replaced with an olive drab one as well. Damage to the wing was a result of an explosion from below that sent a large pice of the train or its cargo through the wing. "Doogan" made it through the war and is believed to have been crushed in Europe rather than being shipped back via a Sherman tank and likely a reluctant tank crew. http://s235.photobucket.com/upload