|The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Find a Thunderbolt to visit!
|Flyable P-47D-40RE 45-49181 that resides at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.
Painted as LTC Francis Gabeski's last plane.
The painting of the B-17G in the background is part of a huge mural.
The Air Zoo features a 32- by 900-foot mural, the largest known indoor mural. Painted by
Rick Herter, a well-known and respected aviation artist, the mural tells the story of aviation
history from the first hot-air balloon ride and the Wright brothers’ inaugural flight to the
barnstormers of World War II and journeys into space.
• Size: 25,000 square feet – comparable to 3 football fields in length
• Time to complete: 6 months
• Paint: 400 gallons of oil paint
• Number of brushes: More than 200
Click this link to visit the Kalamazoo Air Zoo: www.airzoo.org
|The Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville east of Knoxville has two flying
"HUN HUNTER XVI" & "WICKED WABBIT"
|Their collection also includes General Jimmy Doolittle's Medal of Honor.
Visit their website at this link: http://www.tnairmuseum.com
|Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio
2 Thunderbolts on static display:
P-47D Razorback painted to appear as the Thunderbolt Col. Neel
Kearby flew on his last mission.
Col. Kearby named all of his aircraft Fiery Ginger after his
red-headed wife Virginia.
Recovered from the crash site and obtained by the museum, the
actual vertical fin of Fiery Ginger IV is also on display.
P-47D-40-RA (S/N 45-49167), built at the Republic plant in
Evansville, it was transferred to the Peruvian air force.
The aircraft later came to the museum in 1981. It is painted as the
P-47D-30 Five by Five flown by Col. Joseph Laughlin, commander
of the 362nd Fighter Group, 9th Air Force in early 1945.