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A P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Aircraft from World War 2. This was another of the American fighters aircraft that was at the Rochester Airshow this year. You can see the nose of the P-51 that I posted last week in the top image in the right side. It was a good show and I'll have more images of different aircraft in weeks to come finishing off with the American Thunderbirds.  Anyway, enjoy :) R.A.S. 015 P-47 R.A.S. 016 P-47 R.A.S. 017 P-47 R.A.S. 014 P-47 R.A.S. 019 P-47 R.A.S. 020 P-47 Some more information on the P-47 that was on the Rochester Airshow Site

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack roles could carry five-inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; it could carry over half the payload of the B-17 bomber on long-range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range). The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was to be very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and, when unleashed as a fighter-bomber, proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters. The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces, notably those of France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47. The armored cockpit was roomy inside, comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.