The latest issue of Flightpath magazine for enthusiasts of warbirds and antiques is now available and ready for you to read. This issue focuses on Republic's magnificent "jug": the P-47 Thunderbolt, crowned by a superb Luigino Caliaro covershot of 44-90368 wearing the colours of Tarheel Hal. And here's what else you'll find inside.
The Mengen Marvels
Stefan Schmoll visited southern Germany to discover one of the largest collections of Golden Age aircraft outside the United States.
The Rare Breed
There are two early "razorback" P-47 Thunderbolts under restoration in Australia. Michael Claringbould follows their combat service.
Aera! Greek Americans in New Guinea
Dimitrios Vassilopoulos describes the wartime careers of two Thunderbolt pilots who, as first generation Greek Americans, fought for both of their countries.
The P-47 Thunderbolt was not popular when it arrived in the Pacific as everyone coveted the technological marvel that was the P-38 Lightning. Michael Claringbould explains how it gained favour with the first pilots to fly it in combat.
Superbolt In Service
The P-47M Thunderbolt was the fastest propeller driven aircraft to be used by the Allies. Nigel Julian and Peter Randall look at the brief, troubled service life of Republic’s "hot ship".
Senta a Pua!
Brazil’s main contribution to the air war over Italy was a fighter unit equipped with Thunderbolts. Supported by rare colour images, Santiago Rivas describes the unit’s efforts during the last six months of the war in Europe.
Breaking the rules
The Thunderbolt’s firepower and superior speed found the Americans deploying small, elite groups of fighters to Wewak. Michael Claringbould recounts the demise of the architect of these missions, Colonel Neel Kearby.
Mike Shreeve and James Kightly summarise the remarkably diverse and widespread P-47 Thunderbolt survivors.
Arctic Messerschmitt resurfaces
Russian warbird recoveries continue to be followed keenly. Mark Sheppard describes the recent discovery and recovery of a Messerschmitt Bf109G-2.
The Coronados of Kwajalein
A series of coral ‘islands’ surrounding the world’s largest lagoon make up Kwajalein Atoll. It is ideal for seaplane operations and no stranger to wartime disaster. Dan Farnham looks at the loss, and discovery, of two of the lagoon’s largest residents.
Balkan Diamond in the Rough
Luis Drummond visits the amazing collection held by the Museum of Aviation, formerly the Yugoslavian Aeronautical Museum, in Belgrade, Serbia.
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