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Check Six: First Flight: XP-47B Thunderbolt – 79 years ago

May 6, 2020

From the This Day in Aviation website

Republic XP-47B Thunderbolt prototype 40-3051 at Farmingdale, New York, 1941. (Republic Aviation Corporation)

6 May 1941: Just eight months after a prototype for a new single-engine fighter was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps, test pilot Lowery Lawson Brabham took off from the Republic Aviation Corporation factory airfield at Farmingdale, New York and flew the prototype XP-47B Thunderbolt, serial number 40-3051, to Mitchel Field, New York. When he arrived, he exclaimed, “I think we’ve hit the jackpot!”

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