P-47D Dottie Mae flies

NEWS EDITOR: TONY HARMSWORTH

E-MAIL TO: tony.harmsworth@keypublishing.com

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7791 808044

WRITE TO: Aeroplane, Key Publishing Ltd, PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1XQ, UK

THE only surviving Republic P-47D Thunderbolt with combat history in the European theatre of operations (ETO) flew for the first time in 72 years on 22 June at Caldwell Industrial Airport, Idaho, with John Maloney at the controls. The fighter, 42-29150, was recovered from a depth of 600ft at the bottom of the Traunsee lake in Austria by Sandy Air Corp of Innsbruck in June 2005, and has been restored by Mike Breshears and his team at Vintage Airframes LLC over the past seven years with the aid of blueprints obtained from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.