510th Fighter Squadron

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Demonstrates the Thunderbolt in dives, loops, slow rolls, Immelman turns, spins, and recoveries, and half rolls. Stresses precautions and proper speeds for various altitudes. Also explains functions of turbo supercharger and water injection systems in high altitude flight.

P-47 Tribute to the 362nd Group

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WWII P-47 video based on the Allied campaign in France.
Presented to honor the 377th Squadron Combat Pilots, 372nd Group Army Air Corps, who were based in Etaine, France.

Describes flight characteristics of the P-47 Thunderbolt, including service ceiling, speed, power, fuel consumption, turbo supercharger system, use of turbo and throttled landing gear and flaps, armament, and switch and control panel. Shows use of the P-47 cockpit trainer.

P-47 Thunderbolt Tribute

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Tribute to the aircrews and ground crews who operated the P-47 Thunderbolt in all theaters during WWII.

Lt. Robert Griffiths

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P-47 Pilot Lt. Robert Griffiths joined the 510th Fighter Squadron in August of 1944. He flew his first missions helping pave the way for US troops to gain ground in Europe. By the time he was flying, the Luftwaffe was virtually wiped out. He longed for air to air combat, but it didn't look like he was going to see much.

The Mighty Eigth

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At one time in the days before Pearl Harbor, it had been hoped that it would be possible for the RAF to test the Thunderbolt in combat in the Middle East. However, production difficulties caused the British Air Ministry to be informed in September 1941 that it was not a good idea to do this until all the bugs had been wrung out of the design.

Allied fighter pilots versus the Luftwaffe in Western Europe, 1945.

Scenes include: Activities of the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in Europe. 

P-47 Thunderbolt Assembly

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Uncrating and Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt Aircraft. 
Presented by the Army Air Force School of applied Tactics.
Made in cooperation with Republic Aviation Corporation 1943.