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P47 Thunderbolt - Palm Springs
Palm Springs Air Museum visit November, 2008

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Republic P47D Thunderbolt Squirt VIII

Thunderbolt, Palm Springs Air Museum - California

The P-47 Thunderbolt was a WWII era pursuit fighter bomber and the primary manufacturer was Republic Aviation Company, Farmingdale, New York and Evansville, Indiana. Under license, Curtiss Aircraft produced a P-47G model, which began delivery in March 1942. Aircraft from the three plants were designated as follows: Farmingdale – RE, Evansville – RA, and Curtiss - CU (such as P-47G-CU). Final delivery was made in September 1945 and a total of 15,660 aircraft were built.


Thunderbolt nose art Squirt VIII

"P-47s were considered the most successful of the fighter-bombers to accompany ground forces. On D-Day, the P-47 was the predominant fighter chosen for this difficult and critical operation. P-47s also served in the Pacific Theater and were very successful in the destruction of Japanese forces and installations." This Thunderbolt is from the Robert J. Pond collection and has been restored to flying condition. It displays the nose art "Squirt VIII".


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