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Republic Thunderbolt P47-D (KL216) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford - Click for Full Image

Republic P47-D Thunderbolt (KL216) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford. This particular aircraft did not serve with the RAF and saw no operational service. It flew with the US National Guards and Yugoslav Air Force before arriving at Cosford in 1986. It is painted in the markings of 30 Squadron of the RAF as a tribute to RAF Thunderbolt units in the far east. This unique aircraft is being transferred to Hendon during 2003. By May 2003 it had left Cosford.

(Picture March 2003)


 
Republic P47-D Thunderbolt (226671) "No Guts No Glory" - Click for Full Image

Pictured at the May 2002 Air Show at Duxford is the only airworthy example in Europe of a Republic P47-D Thunderbolt (226671) "No Guts No Glory". These colours represent the aircraft flown from Duxford in 1944 by the Commanding Officer of the 78th Fighter Group's 82nd Fighter Squadron, Major Ben Mayo . Built in 1945, it served briefly in the US Army Air Force before serving with the Peruvian Air Force. It is operated by the Fighter Collection at Duxford.

 

(Picture May 2003)


   

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (226413) in the American Air Museum at Duxford. It was restored form the wreck of 45-49192 which was originally built in 1945 and supplied to Peru in 1952. Returning to the US in 1969, it suffered serious damage from a take-off crash in 9180. Following a complete restoration in the mid 1990's at Duxford it is displayed in the colours of 42-26413 "Oregan's Britannia' which was reputedly the first Thunderbolt to have a bubble cockpit, operated by the 56th Fighter Group it was the personal aircraft of Colonel Hubert Zemke.
 

 

(Picture April 2003)

   
 

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