Dragon DRW50174 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Fighter - "Okie", 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group (1:72 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. Shaped with a sharp upper ridge, the early types of P-47D were given a name "Razorback". During the war, the Razorbacks served as striking fighters and sometimes escort fighters of the allied bombers when conducting raids over Germany.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Fighter, nicknamed "Okie," that was attached to the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: January 2006
Historical Account: "Okie" - The 78th Fighter Group was formed in the USA in May 1942 before moving to England. The unit was re-equipped with P-47s, affectionately known as 'Jugs', prior to Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. More than 15,600 P-47D Thunderbolts were manufactured by the close of WWII, and the rugged fighter was used for high-altitude escorts as well as a low-level fighter-bomber. Dragon Warbirds latest release is a P-47D from the 84th Fighter Squadron. This beautifully produced scale fighter bears some decorative artwork consisting of 'Okie', an Indian chief in feathered headdress. Painting, markings, and superbly detailed construction set this aircraft apart. A careful observer will also notice that this atmospheric item has contributed four 'victories' to the unit's claimed total of 697 enemy aircraft destroyed either in the air or on the ground.