First flight pictures of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolts released by the War Dept. Powered with 2000 P & W horses, turbo-supercharged, heavily armed and armored, this high-altitude fighter is the biggest single piece of opposition the Axis has to contend with to date.
The first P-47 Thunderbolt fighter has come off the production line at Republic Aviation Corporation's new Midwestern plant three months ahead of schedule and before finishing touches had been put on the building. The plant is the largest of Republic's units and was built in less than six months. Contracts were signed in March and ground broken for the new unit in April.
Part of the final assembly line at Republic Aircraft Corp plant, showing production of P-47 Thunderbolts designed by Alexander Kartveli, vice-president and chief engineer. Already in service on American battlefronts, the P-47 is considered by Army Air Forces officers to be the most powerful and fastest high altitude fighter in the skies today. It is now in limited service on various fighting fronts.
These three news clips were originally published in the October, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 10, pp 250, 257.