Unbelievable WW2 Footage Showcases The Big Boy Of Fighter Planes!
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1941 is a year many dedicated rail fans know well and keep near and dear to their hearts. One of the most iconic engine classes in the history of locomotion was constructed during that fateful year, to deal with the increased freight that needed shipment across the continental United States:
Union Pacific’s Big Boy!
But what was dominating the skies at the same time the Big Boy was prepping to hit the rails? Enter the P-47 Thunderbolt, the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft to be powered by a single piston engine. In production from 1941-1945, this Big Boy of fighter planes was heavily armed with eight .50 caliber machine guns! When Fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to 8 tons!
P-47’s had their own heavy hitting nicknames themselves, known as “Jugs” which historians argue is short for ‘Juggernaut’!
These planes were a devastating force against the axis in WWII and this unbelievable footage shows you exactly why. The 362nd fighter group was tasked with capturing footage of their airborne missions and were equipped with some of the best color capturing cameras available at the time!
On the day that footage was captured alone, the group of fighter pilots managed to take down 420 military transports and 7 armored vehicles including Axis controlled armored locomotives! These planes meant business, and with their pilots, got the job done, just like Union Pacific’s famous old 4-8-8-4!
With only fifteen ‘airworthy’ P-47’s left in the world (roughly 7 more than there are Big Boys left) these planes are something to see in person!
Have you had the opportunity to see a P-47 in action? Tell us about it!