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P-47 Thunderbolt

The Southport Air Show, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX

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P-47 Thunderbolt

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The P-47 was supposed to be a ‘light’ fighter
Conceived by Georgian-born aircraft designer Alexander Kartveli, the plane that would eventually become the P-47 was originally intended to be a featherweight interceptor. Based on the small P-43 Lancer, which saw limited service in the U.S. Army Air Corps before 1941, Republic was hoping to develop an improved version of the fighter. But as the war in Europe demonstrated the need for much more robust warplanes, the company was forced to rethink its plans. Designers soon came up with bigger, more rugged machine: The P-47. A prototype Thunderbolt first took to the skies on May 6, 1941.

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Saturday and Sunday (7 Sept 2019 - 8 Sept 2019)

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