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P-47D-25 1st GAVCA Brazil by WS-Clave P-47D-25 1st GAVCA Brazil by WS-Clave
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt entered service in 1942. It was one of the largest and most powerful fighters of WW2. The design evolved as the war progressed, and the D-25 was the first to feature the bubble type canopy which had proven itself in other aircraft of the time. The canopy was later retrofitted to some of the earlier aircraft. The Thunderbolt or 'Jug' as it was called, proved itself useful both as a long-range fighter, but also in the ground-attack role, where it's rugged construction was able to absorb a lot of damage from ground fire.

The P-47 served with a number of air forces both during and after WW2, including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Great Britain, Italy, Turkey, and Yugoslavia.

The P-47 was armed with 8x 12.7mm machine guns, and could carry bombs, rockets, or fuel tanks under the fuselage or wings.

This example is a P-47D-25 of the 1st GAVCA Brazilian Air Force, circa 1945.
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:iconsniper108:
Senta a pua, que o céu é a casa dos caçadores
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:iconkamikasineo:
se this man! [link] P-47D-25 D4 Lt. Rui Moreira Lima !!! Nice work man!!!!
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:iconws-clave:
Thanks! I like the rocket tubes on that P-47...
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:iconsniper108:
and i like that P47 at all
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:iconbluessaurus:
bluessaurus May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D4' pilot was Lt. Rui Moreira Lima (94 patrols).
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bluessaurus Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely cool! :D :salute:
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:iconraphotographer:
This is a beauty! :)
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felipemassafera Feb 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
OH this is great! the famous d4, im about to do a graphic novel about the brazilian fighter squadron in ww2, i have some sketches of the d4 in action ;) The pilot of d4 is still alive. see ya
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