The Flying Jug

The Original Thunderbolt

The Republic P47 Thunderbolt was one of the greatest warbirds ever. It was ugly, heavy and not easy to fly, but pilots loved it because it could pound on the enemy, take a furious beating and still come home in one piece. This is the kind of thing Americans used to make and will make again.

The point isn’t that it was built to kill the enemy and save the pilot, though it was and usually did. What I mean is that design which emphasizes toughness, durability and fitness for purpose over engineering exercises used to be what American-made meant.

By vitruvius1

Formerly an integrated marketing and customer experience consultant. Writer on moral philosophy and current affairs.

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