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1939-1945 / WORLD WAR II ERA

Republic Aviation
YP-47M-1 Thunderbolt

Single Seat Fighter

Republic Aviation YP-47M-1 Thunderbolt

Service History

  • Delivered: August 3, 1944
  • Served as test aircraft for NACA in Moffett, CA.
  • 4109th AAF, 4112th AAF, then retired at Walnut Ridge AAF, AR
  • Stricken: November 25, 1945

The largest and heaviest single seat fi ghter ever built and the fastest fi ghter in WWII. The Thunderbolt reached speeds of 504 mph at 34,000 feet in level fl ight and consumed an astonishing 330 gallons of fuel per hour.

The P-47M was designed by WWI ace Alexander Kartveli to combat jets and the V-1 rocket. With speed, altitude and range the “Jug” was responsible for more victories than any other aircraft in WWII.

In the fi rst six months of 1945, the P-47 dropped an average of 541 tons of bombs daily. Bodyguard to the bombers of the European Theater, the P-47 gave the Allies air superiority.

This Thunderbolt was entered in the 1947 and 1948 Bendix Air Races. This P-47M was owned by pilot Bill Odom and known as the Reynolds Bombshell.

Acquired by Yanks in October 1985 and restored, it has become the only fl ying P-47M in the world.