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P-47 Thunderbolt

I love the power of this aircraft.  Not a great beauty, not terribly beautiful, and yet extremely capable in a variety of roles, able to dish out and absorb tremendous punishment and also blessed with a tremendous range.  It was an all-around excellent performer that's been overshadowed by the P-51 Mustang.  To learn more about the P-47's Russian-born designer Alexander Kartveli, see this site's F-84 Thunderjet and F-84 Thunderstreak page.  He designed both and many other great aircraft.  The top (silver) aircraft is at Udvar Hazy.  The olive drag ship is at Le Bourget and has Lafayette Escadrille markings.

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