Armor Plates for a P-47

Title

Armor Plates for a P-47

Subject

Extra armor plates to protect the pilot on a P-47

Description

The P-47 Thunderbolt was a heavy fighter aircraft, maxing out at 17,000 lbs. Part of this weight was owed to the extra protection given to the pilot. Armor plates were installed behind the seat and on each side of the cockpit below the window. In several interviews with former pilots, the plane is credited with not only saving their lives, but allowing them to walk away from an accident without injury.

Creator

Republic Aviation Corporation

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

1940s

Files

P47_extra_armor(1).JPG
P47_extra_armor(2).JPG

Citation

Republic Aviation Corporation, “Armor Plates for a P-47,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed March 31, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/93.