This Day in History - May 6, 1941 - P47 Thunderbolt Fighter Plane Makes First Flight


It was a workhorse during the massive conflict of World War II and it made its first flight on this day in history.

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It was a workhorse during the massive conflict of World War II and it made its first flight on this day in history.

Powered by a single engine, the P-47 Thunderbolt was a fighter aircraft that made its first flight on May 6th, 1941.

Aside from its engine, that could take it over 400 miles per hour, the P-47 was heavily armed with eight machine guns. It could also be armed with up to 2,500 pounds of bombs in a fighter-bomber combination.

The P-47 was used throughout World War II. Not only has the P-47 flown in the United States, but was used in other Air Forces ranging from Columbia to China to Turkey.

A P-47 can be seen on display at the Eglin Air Force Armament Museum in Okaloosa County.


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