The P-47 Thunderbolt was a fighter-bomber aircraft used by the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Over 15,000 were built during its operational lifetime. With the aid of drop tanks (auxiliary fuel tanks) the P-47 could cover long distances and was feared because of its eight .50 caliber guns. The P-47 was the heaviest single engine WWII fighter and the first piston powered fighter to exceed 500mph. Big Stud was flown by Lt. Col. Robert Baseler of the 325th Fighter Group.
The Postage Stamp Republic P-47 Thunderbolt in Big Stud nose art is a die cast metal model complete with stand. This model is in the same markings as the example P-47 on display in the Museum of Flight's Personal Courage Wing. Read more about our P-47 Thunderbolt.