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P-47D Thunderbolt "Tarheel Hal"
Item Number: AP47T
MSRP Price: $194.95
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Scale: 1/32 scale model
Wing Span: 15.5
The P-47 Thunderbolt is the largest single-engined fighter of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters of World War II and was manufactured by Republic Aviation. The P-47 Thunderbolt was the product of Russian immigrant Alexander de Seversky and Georgian immigrant Alexander Kartveli, who had left their homelands to escape the Bolsheviks. Initial deliveries of the P-47s to the USAAF were to the 56th Fighter Group on Long Island. The first P-47 combat mission started in March 10, 1943 and the mission failed due to radio malfunctions. The P-47 gradually became the best fighter-bomber which could carry 500 pound bombs, the triple-tube M-8 4.5 inch rocket launchers and eventually HVARS. P-47s were operated by several Allied air arms during World War II. There's a large number of surviving airframes that exist in flying condition as well as in museum collections worldwide.