Armour Collection B11B296 USAAF Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter - Major Glenn T. Eagleston, "Skull & Crossbones", 353rd Fighter Squadron, 345th Fighter Group, France, 1945 (1:48 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
Nicknamed the "Jug" for its bulky shape, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was considered a monster of a machine. Despite its size, the Thunderbolt proved to be a fast and maneuverable warbird able to hold its own in combat. In fact, when Allied pilots climbed aboard a P-47, they knew the were in control of a fighting machine with enormous power. More importantly, they knew that if their aircraft was hit but gunfire, they had an excellent chance of making it home.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a P-47 from the USAAF's 353rd Fighter Squadron, 345th Fighter Group, which was flown by Major Glenn T. Eagleston over France in 1945. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 8.75 inches
Historical Account: "Fourth But First" - The 4th Fighter Group was an American element of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Eighth Air Force during World War II, and is the flying component of the USAF 4th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command. The honors and history of the 4th Fighter Group prior to 1947 have been bestowed on its parent wing.