One of only two Curtiss-built examples left in the world, this ‘Razorback’ P-47G Thunderbolt is painted to represent ‘SNAFU’ (Situation Normal All F****d Up) flown by Lt Severino B Calderon of the 78th Fighter Group based at RAF Duxford in 1944. Massive, hugely powerful and built like a tank, one pilot described the Thunderbolt as a machine that “climbed like a homesick angel and dived for the deck like a rock”. A key aircraft for the US Air Force in WWII its primary role was to act as fighter escort to the B-17 and B-24 heavy bombers on their incredibly dangerous daylight raids across occupied Europe, though it was also used extensively for ground attack missions after D-Day armed with either 5” rockets or up to 2,500lbs of bombs. A great privilege to have seen her close up at Flying Legends a few years ago she has recently been sold to a new owner in the USA.
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