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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