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 1:72 scale replica of an USAAF Republic P47D Thunderbolt Fighter flown by Major Glenn Eagleston of the 353rd Fighter Squadron, 345th Fighter Group, based at Rosieres-en-Haye, France in 1944. Also comes with a separate display panel depicting the aircraft's nose art. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7 inches
Relase Date: February 2005
Historical Account: "Skull and Crossbones" - The P-51 pilots of the 353rd needed a lift while they flew P-47s and the distinctive nose art no doubt helped restore some of the morale to the pilots. Once P-51D Mustangs were restored to the unit in 1945, Eagleston began adding to his kill score again.