The Republic P47 Thunderbolt - Bolt from the Blue (American War Eagles Series) [DVD]
In the entire history of military aviation, there has never been an aeroplane that could match the P-47 Thunderbolt for ruggedness and dependability. The pilots who flew into combat called it 'the Unbreakable" and The plane that can do anything. They were not wrong. P-47s often came back from combat shot full of holes, their wings and control surfaces in tatters. On one occasion a Thunderbolt pilot, Lieutenant Chestwood, hit a steel pole after strafing a train over Occupied France. The collision sliced four feet off one of his wings, yet he was still able to fly back safely to his base in England. The prototype Thunderbolt first took to the air on May 6 1941. By mid-1943 improved P-47Cs were becoming available, with external fuel tanks to increase range, and a longer fuselage to improve manoeuvrability. Next came the major production version, the P-47D, and the P- 47Gs and P-47Ms with more powerful engines, giving a maximum speed of 470mph. The fastest model was the XP-471, which did not go into production. On August 4, 1944, this plane reached a speed of 504 miles per hour. P-47s flew more than 546,000 combat sorties between March 1943 and August 1945, destroying 11,874 enemy aircraft, 9,000 locomotives, and about 6,000 armoured vehicles and tanks. Only 0.7 per cent of these fighters dispatched against the enemy were lost in combat.
Running Time: 52 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014