AIR: Flying Thunderbolt

Up out of the dark midden of censorship OEM popped its head long enough for one brief, welcome word: the Republic P47 (Thunderbolt), fastest single-engined plane in the world, was about ready for quantity production.

The P-47, powered by a 2,000-h.p. Pratt & Whitney air-cooled engine, has a high speed of more than 400 m.p.h. in level flight, has done an incredible 680 in a dive.* Although it had been widely publicized, before Pearl Harbor, as a definitive U.S. answer to the need of high-altitude fighters, P-47's altitude performance was not mentioned...

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