Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The P-47 is usually referred to as "Thunderbolt". But what was the nickname given to it by the pilots that flew it?
2. Probably the most recognizable fighter group to fly the P-47 is nicknamed the "Red Tails". Like the aircraft itself, the Red Tails have another nickname you may recognize. What is it?
3. True or False: Seven of the 10 top U.S. aces in the European Theater flew the P-51, in the later years of World War II, because the Thunderbolt was just too cumbersome to fly and was outmatched by newer German aircraft.
4. Fairchild Aviation ended up buying Republic, becoming Fairchild-Republic. They then designed a very famous aircraft based on the P-47. What celebrated plane did Fairchild produce for the Air Force starting in 1972, was as rugged as the P-47, and gained fame during Desert Storm?
5. Variants of the P-47 were designed specifically to intercept and destroy Germany's V1 rockets targeting London. With a top speed of 473mph, it also managed to shoot down what German aircraft?
6. The tactic used by P-47 pilots to engage more nimble enemy aircraft was popularly known as "boom and zoom". The idea was to get as much speed diving toward the target then use the plane's momentum to climb back to altitude. Approximately how fast could a P-47 go while in a dive?
7. The P-47 was the only American fighter to be armed with four .50cal machine guns in each wing.
8. The P-47 was the most produced American aircraft during World War II.
9. A squadron of P-47s reputedly sank a German destroyer with just their machine guns. However it was not a destroyer, but what kind of ship?
10. At the end of the war, the US Army Air Force calculated the number of P-47s shot down during their 1,350,000 flight hours. What percentage of P-47s were destroyed during World War II?
Source: Author AlexT781
This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor stedman
before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.