Well, if we had listened to Patton and taken them out right at the end of WWII, while we were still just gaining momentum and they had been thoroughly hammered, we would have had a better chance than anyone else. We had the troops, the equipment and the leadership necessary- all the elements were there. But FDR (and later Truman) gave a resounding "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
Very nicely done render of an early P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug). Tough as they come. Could take unprecedented battle damage and keep on flying. Durability was head and shoulders above every WWII fighter except maybe the F-4U Corsair which appeared near the end of the conflict. Worthy of another fave.
"Jabo"! Seven tons of flying Hell. Beautifully done my friend. My favorite AC of WW 2.
Eisenhower credited this plane in several major battles: D-Day, Battle of the Bulge and Huertgen Forrest.
The pilots that flew these were the best of the best, over 450 hrs. ( Primary, Basic, Advance and P-47 specifics ) of training required before their first combat mission. They also performed very dangerous low missions in order to destroy targets.
A good read is "Ace" by Col. Paisley. Also it talks about Capt. "OP" Russell J. Oplinger our hometown hero and personal friend that I met. The book talks of their training and combat missions. Both men were captains at 21 years old of 366th Fighter Squadron,
9th Air Force. What an accomplishment at such a young age.
Ok, again but longer. All P-47 A, B and C models, and early D models, were razorbacks; the bubbletop was a mid-mark specification change on the D (unlike the P-51 and Supermarine Spitfire where all of a specific mark have the same rear fuselage).
I'm surprised that the revision letter wasn't incremented when the bubble canopy was implemented, since this also required a structural change to the body behind the cockpit. Regardless, I'm sure it was a vast improvement and a big advantage in combat to have a clear view, instead of the bars of the typical "greenhouse" canopy.
I agree, particularly since the other 2 major types (qv) to have made the same switch did change mark id (but some high-back Spitfire mk numbers are higher than the lowest low-back mark number, and not by just 1 step!). The other advantage besides fewer canopy bars was having a much more "all-round" view behind you.