The P-47 with Bubble Top Canopy in the National Museum of the United States Air Force, redone as Colonel Joseph Laughlin's Five by Five

Title

The P-47 with Bubble Top Canopy in the National Museum of the United States Air Force, redone as Colonel Joseph Laughlin's Five by Five

Subject

The record that Colonel Laughlin and the 362nd Fighter Group accrued during WWII caught the attention of staff when they were deciding on how to decorate the P-47 with Bubble Top canopy

Description

The P-47D that sits in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, was painted to represent the P-47 flown by Colonel Joseph Lyle Laughlin, Five by Five. The museum's curator, Jeff Duford, put forth several pilots for the honor, but after reading The Art of Wing Leadership and Aircrew Morale in Combat by Lt. Col. John J. Zentner, he and the administration decided on Five by Five.

Creator

Republic Aviation Corporation

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

1940s

Files

Five_by_Five_Museum_side.JPG
Five_by_Five_pilot_with_extra_armor.JPG
Five_by_Five_Museum_markings.JPG
Five_by_Five_nose_art_yellow.JPG

Citation

Republic Aviation Corporation, “The P-47 with Bubble Top Canopy in the National Museum of the United States Air Force, redone as Colonel Joseph Laughlin's Five by Five,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed July 11, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/29.