August 17-18, 2013- Wings Over Camarillo
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
The Republic P-47
Thunderbolt was affectionately called the "Jug" by it's
pilots. It was tough and durable and developed quite a
reputation for being so. During WWII, the P-47 logged almost 2
million combat flight hours. It was responsible for the loss
of many enemy airplanes, trains and other ground assets. Five
allied nations also used the Thunderbolt in WWII and further
developments led to Jugs being used in the Pacific to escort
B-29s. After the war, it spent 9 years in national guard and
reserve units. 15 other nations around the world also used the
Thunderbolts post-war for many years.
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