18 x 12-inch giclée blue print of the Republic P-47D-10 Thunderbolt.
In the European Theater, P-47 pilots were responsible for destroying more than 7,000 enemy aircraft—more than half in air-to-air combat. Though at least twice as heavy as the Supermarine Spitfire, the Thunderbolt was surprisingly agile and fast. It was well-regarded for its exceptional diving ability—considered crucial by ace pilots—and how it transformed that energy into climbing power to get back into the fight.
As an escort plane for bombers, it more than held its own against the best the Luftwaffe had despite its range limitations. With eight .50-caliber machineguns and the capability of carrying rockets and bombs, the P-47 was a formidable aircraft against ground targets.
And rugged too. The Thunderbolt could take a lot of damage. It was designed to be rugged and became a preeminent fighter of World War II, flying in all major theaters and developing this mythic quality because of its durability.
The P-47 was the aircraft my grandfather's 396Th Fighter Squadron Thunderbumbs and was one of the first American squadrons to land at strip A3 Cardonville, France during the Normandy invasion.
These unframed prints are of exquisite quality, on matte museum-grade archival papers.
• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée print
• Opacity: 94%
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